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What gaming laptop should I get for SL?


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Hello,

I'm a new user and I currently play SL using an HP. I'm not sure about its specs but let's just say my current laptop was not made for gaming at all. I've been on the market for a gaming laptop that meets my needs but I don't know anything about computers. I'd like my next laptop to be able to run SL from High-Ultra settings without little to no lag at all. Ultimately, I want to be able to actually play and enjoy secondlife with good graphics to go with it. My budget is under $1,000USD because I'm not really a gamer. I only play secondlife and Sims 4 so I don't want anything too crazy. Below I have listed the laptop that I've been considering most, I'd appreciate it if someone would let me know whether or not it's a good pick. I'm also open to any suggestions that anyone may have for gaming laptops

Option 1: Vivobook S15 S533 (11th Gen Intel)

https://shop.asus.com/us/90nb0sf4-m00430-vivobook-s15-s533-11th-gen-intel.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw9suYBhBIEiwA7iMhNJD1Ft7Fl1OOOT6rYKf3P7YN4jbkr1IVVyEdOracUtntx_-EonzefBoCuVgQAvD_BwE

OS: Windows 10 Home

CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7 2.8GHZ

GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

Storage: 512GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4 (on board)

 

 

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I know this is unpopular advice, but IMO the best laptop for SL is...a desktop.

For these reasons:

  • At a given price point, the desktop has more power
  • The desktop can be much more easily upgraded, piece by piece
  • You can get a large monitor. (I know, you can get a big external monitor for a laptop too, but if you are going to tether yourself to a big screen, you may as well go for the desktop!)
  • SL makes laptops run hot. If you insist on a laptop, get a good aftermarket cooling solution as well.

If you just must get a laptop, get one with the best graphics (dedicated Nvidia GeForce) and the largest screen you can afford, and at least 16GB of RAM.

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Because not everyone can afford the best out there i thought i'd share a revelation . My 16GB MSI i7 GTX1050 always worked fine in SL so FPS didn't matter much but i think it hovered around 20-25fps .

Its been repaired I don't know how many times by myself without much of a clue , new screen , new fans , new palm rest keyboard touchad (from a different MSI) completely lost and replaced win10 operating system more than once but i muddle through until its working again .

This time (fried ribbon cable) I was stuck on the BIOS page and could find no way in but i removed the cmos and managed to recover to a new version of win10 .

The revelation -

Because i bought a win7 install CD which came with a driver pack CD for my ancient spare laptop I figured i'd give the driver pack a chance before going through the whole windows update process - it found nvidia and installed drivers - something i always assumed windows would do .

Obviously windows doesn't do it because my FPS is now between 40 and 60

So there you go old as it may be GTX1050 is good enough .

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Perhaps Lindall , but i don't think so as my circa 20 year old toughbook can access SL and function to some extent on lower lag sims using an older version of firestorm , while it can't even login to the newest firestorm .

Public cctv is a lot clearer as well .

I blame windows aggresive attempt to take over by replacing drivers that work with their own cheap and nasty copy drivers .

No sound now but seeing how many others are effected i guess its just windows way of FORCING users to downgrade to win11.

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20 hours ago, cunomar said:

No sound now but seeing how many others are effected i guess its just windows way of FORCING users to downgrade to win11.

I will say this without violating an agreement, expect after extended support for windows 10 that legacy services will be disabled for updates and activations fully.

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Secondlife is CPU dependent, Not as GPU dependent. You do want at least 8 gig video ram for textures, but having a RTX 3090TI over a RTX 2080 won't offera difference due to the old OPENGL used. 

A good I7 or I9 will make a difference when using advanced lighting to maintain stable frame at good draw distance. Or newer AMD chips. 

stable internet and having a SSD to reload cached images helps as well. 

With a I9 setup I can do 180 fps without advanced lights, 60-90 with it on and base shadows, full with vsnch I hover around 60 but there are drops in areas.

heavy traffic areas is another story as its not just rendering that become the issues. Bottlenecks will happen from all factors. 

All we can hope for is a redone viewer system that actually uses gpus in a real way. 

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