Why Ultrabooks will be Ultra for Gaming

by Emily on August 3, 2012

in Articles, Gaming, Hardware

When buying a new computer, whether it’s a desktop PC, laptop, ultrabook or tablet, you have your standard requirements – a vibrant display, great memory, excellent speed and unrivalled quality. That’s all fine when you want a computer to carry out your day-to-day tasks, but what happens when you want to use your computer for streaming films or for gaming? This is where a lot don’t cut the mustard.

While many claim to have the ability to stream seamlessly, and the majority of manufacturers claim to have “the best in the business” for certain factors, a number of them tend to leave a lot to be desired, and one thing that ultrabooks have been criticized for is their gaming capabilities.

Putting ‘ultra’ at the beginning of something automatically makes the customer think “this is going to be good” so it needs to live up to that billing. As mentioned, many ultrabooks have failed to deliver the gaming levels that a lot of customers have required, while others have proven to be surprisingly good. At the moment, they are all relatively new to the market and still having teething problems, these are inevitable, and a lot of customers are being warned to avoid them until the second or third generations hit the market if they want their [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]ultrabooks for gaming[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]ultrabooks for gaming[/tp] to be up there in terms of all-round gaming experience. But as touched upon, there are plenty that are up to the challenge right now, and one thing is for certain, they’re only going to get better.

It’s natural to want the best from your tech right here, right now, but unfortunately this isn’t the case for ultrabooks. However, as with all other forms of technology, the next generations will show that gaming is the ultra for ultrabooks. They’ll never have the same capabilities as desktop computers, partly because of the size and partly because of the processors, but there are numerous games that you could play very well indeed on the current generation of ultrabook.

For the ultimate gaming experience, you’re still going to head straight for the traditional desktop PC. It’s a natural thing to do, you get all the gear you need plus all the add ons, but you can’t take that away with you. If you’re the sort of person who loves gaming as a hobby, a bit of a wind down after a long day at work, but you spend a lot of time on the move – either through work or you just like getting out of the house whenever possible – then you’re going to need an alternative method of getting your gaming buzz, and that is where the ultrabooks will come into their own. Slim, lightweight and packed with tech, you can play your games wherever you are.

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Peter Lee August 3, 2012 at 15:19

I just don’t see any laptop that is as good and as suitable for gaming as the deskstop PC. Not even ultrabooks! Hardcore gamers will never settle for a these! That’s why I’m pretty sure that desktop PCs are here to stay and will never die!
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Aswin Vayiravan August 5, 2012 at 13:32

Nothing can substitue the desktop PC gaming experience!

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Peter Lee August 10, 2012 at 20:51

My thoughts exactly, Aswin! While laptops are convenient for work and educational purposes, they just don’t cut it when it comes to playing games!
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Marcus Vann August 6, 2012 at 04:04

I prefer using Alienware PC or a Maingear Shift Super Stock. Both has superb gaming performance.

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Gabriel August 6, 2012 at 11:55

I perfectly agree with you.The future is represented by ultrabooks in my opinion.Also I am addicted to gaming so I can take advantage of it.Thanks for the good information.
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Ayush August 8, 2012 at 04:27

With 3rd gen core ix processors, comes intel hd4000, suitable for running all games in medium graphics. Dedicated graphics are rare to find in Ultra books
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Tim August 12, 2012 at 19:55

The 13.3-inch ASUS UX32VD features a dedicated Nvidia 620M chip for gaming.
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Ayush August 13, 2012 at 03:35

A 620M is something good enough for small amount of gaming only, but does it add a lot more price to it?
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Tim August 13, 2012 at 13:35

To be honest, the 620M isn’t a great graphics card. I think manufacturers are just including it to show it can be done. I was merely pointing out an Ultrabook with dedicated graphics ;).

The 620M is a 28nm Fermi chip that packs 96 CUDA cores and works at “up to 625MHz” with up to 1GB of GDDR3 memory paired up with a 128-bit memory interface. It’s okay for casual gaming, and better than Intel HD graphics, however it does drive the cost of an Ultrabook up. In a premium top-end Ultrabook though, a dedicated graphics card should be a base spec.
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Ayush August 13, 2012 at 15:39

Nothing is better than a Kepler card, fermi is least power efficient and sucks a lot of battery as well, You can hope for much gaming from an ultra book, even the macbook air has only intel hd 4000, But the 620M gives almost double the fps in some games. I dont think an ultrabook can endure gaming, I will pop the keys out of the keyboard within one week 🙂

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Tim August 13, 2012 at 17:02
Tim August 12, 2012 at 19:54

To follow on from some comments above, Ultrabooks are not designed to be gaming machines. Currently, gaming Ultrabooks are not as good as dedicated gaming laptops or desktops, and they probably never will be. For example, a minimum Intel specified Ultrabook requirement is that Ultrabooks measure 18 mm or less in height for 13.3″ and smaller displays, and measure 21 mm or less in height for 14.0″ and larger displays. Can you imagine packing serious hardware, GPU’s etc. in to a profile like that?

Now, it has been done a little bit through laptops like the 3.3-inch ASUS UX32VD which features a dedicated Nvidia 620M chip for gaming, however Ultrabooks are all about portability and packing next-gen features like a touch screen for Windows 8.

Want to game? Get a dedicated machine. There is no displacement for a more powerful machine, even if it is called ‘Ultra’.
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Naser August 22, 2012 at 18:26

Ultrabooks are not really meant for gaming. If they are used for playing high res games, it may end up damaging the ultrabook due to heat. If you are an avid gamer, then go for Alienware laptops. It can handle majority of games and amazes each and every gamer with its specs.
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Mohd Aktar August 23, 2012 at 09:09

to say the truth, i prefer playing my games on PC computers or a laptop. my reason is that they have the best graphics as well as screen resolution. if you want that in a note pad, you will have to did more into your pocket.

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