5 Best Laptops For Fortnite 2021 (Epic Settings + Affordables)

Being the last one standing is not all about your rambo skills. It’s also about getting the best laptop for Fortnite you can find.

Do you think those players stepping over your dead body have 30fps at low settings w/ huge drops in framerates and lag spikes?

I dont think so.

Well….they might and if they managed to kill you , that means you are a super newb OR..

Your gaming rig SUCKS. I guess that’s why you’re here and that’s good because…

Yes….

A good gaming rig makes a huge difference especially for Fortnite. Higher framerates will allow you to react on time (which means a higher chance of not dying) and a higher graphics settings/viewing distance will allow you to spot enemies before they spot you.

That’s exactly why…

Ninja invested 20 000$ on his gaming rig and went as far as getting his own internet station to eliminate any possibilities of lag spike.

Now…now..

Don’t worry you won’t be investing anywhere near that amount.  In fact, to play competitively, you don’t really need to go that far.

You just need consistent high framerates at high/ultra settings which translates to very far viewing distances, the rest is up to your skills.

Recommended Laptop Specs for Fortnite

I know you’re here because you just want a list of the best laptops for fortnite right now and see which ones you can afford.

Before that though let me quickly over the specs you need so you can understand why I had to discard some laptops and favor others. 

You could also use this section to look for laptops for fortnite on your own.

Ok…

Now I’m sure you’ve been told on reddit that a potato with an HDMI port can run Fortnite (Mac says Hello!) and that’s very true.

But that doesn’t  apply to end game fortnite where you have +30 ranked players in a fast moving zone at medium to high settings which is what you need to even stand a chance of winning a match (or your first match Im sure).

So the recommended specs I’m going to list here for competitive fortnite only.

You don’t need to follow these specs if you just want to play the game. The game scales down really well and will basically run on any computer that’s been released within the past 10 years (if you don’t mind low settings and the ocassional lag spike of course).*

I’ll talk about more about requirements for those who just want to play Fortnite with OKAysih FPS/settings and more details in our hardware recommendations  in the last section ” How To Buy the best Laptop For Fortnite “. 

I’ll just keep it short here.

CPU

Fortnite is extremely CPU intensive. Your CPU has to process nearly everything going on. So that’s where you should focus on.

Don’t believe me? Check your CPU usage when you play the Endgame scrim map( where you have more than 20 players in small areas with building and shots going off in the background) and you’ll see the CPU usage bar spike all the way up to 95%.

To keep decent framerates (~60) endgame, you need something higher or equal Core i5 CPU from the latest generations (8th,9th,10th,11th) or any AMD Ryzen 5 CPU from the 3rd, 4rd and 5th generation. They need to have the “H” letter on the label too, which stands for high performance.

Competitive Gaming: Core i5 8300H/10300H/11300H or AMD Ryzen 5 3550H/4600H  Basically +4GHz.
Decent Gaming:  At least Core i5 8250U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U/4500U* ~3-4GHz.

*Check the table at the end of this post to see the full list of avaialble and recommended CPUs on laptops today.

RAM

RAM is the second biggest contributor to high framerates in this game. 

8GB: this is the bare minimum anything lower is going to be unplayable.

16GB: is not necessary, 8GB is fine, but it’s nice to have just to make sure anything you may have open in the background doesn’t ever cause you a lag spike.

Type: the latest type is  DDR4, they come by default in all of last year’s and this year’s laptops. Just double check.

GPU

NVIDIA: MX150,MX250,MX350,1050,1050Ti,1650,1060,1660Ti,2060RTX,2070RTX,2080RTX
AMD
Radeon Pro RX 555X, RX540, RX550, RX 560X, RX 580, RX5550M

Fortnite only asks for a low to mid -range dedicated GPU. Low end GPUS(blue ones) will let you play at low-med settings, mid-range GPUs (green) will give you +80 fps at high settings and this is what you want. 

High end GPUs(purples) are kind of unnecessary unless you want to play at the highest settings and squeeze a bit more fps (they do not add a significant amount of framerates compared to mid-range GPUs). 

Remember to prioritize on CPU if you have cash to spare.

Storage
SSDs won’t increase your FPS but if you opt for an HDD you will definitely bottleneck your system for any non gaming activity. SSDs are common on laptops these days so it’s not like you have to worry about getting one either.

Display
One thing I hate about websites recommending budget laptops for Fortnite is that nearly every laptop they list has an AWESOME CPU+GPU combo that can output +100 fps at high/ultra settings paired up with a lousy 60Hz displa that can’t keep up with those framerates. You’ll be amazed how many laptops with the latest GPU/CPU still have awful displays.

60Hz vs 120Hz: If you have a 60Hz display, you will only get tp experience 60FPS regardless of how many framerates you see on the FPS counter.

Getting a 60Hz is okay if we are talking about a 700-750$ laptop but it’s not ok if you’re paying more than 800$. 

Top 5 Best Laptops For Fortnite 2021

Here I’m going to list laptops for every budget that means for every type of player: casual, competitive and…

….I’m also going to include a laptop that can run fortnite at WorldCup settings: which is at 1080p and 240Hz (that one would indeed be “THE” best laptop For Fortnite in 2021).

Update: I suggest you make sure to check #3 before you click the back button. It’s not the cheapest but it gives you the most bang for your buck, you won’t find a better deal in 2021.


1. Lenovo Gaming IdeaPad

Best Laptop For Fortnite – Best Deal

  AMD  Ryzen 5 4600H

  8GB RAM DDR4

   GTX 1650 4GB 

  256GB PCIe NVMe SSD                            

  15.6 ” FHD IPS 120Hz

  4.84lbs

  5 hours

The cheapest best laptop for Fortnite you’ll find as of Sept. 2021.

Now maybe you were expecting much cheaper laptop with an integrated GPU  because you’ve been told several times that fortnite can run on a toaster or a potato with an hdmi port,  someone’s 10 year old kid is playing it with his 10 year old rig, blah blah blah.

End Game Fortnite:

But it’s all balooney.

That dude’s 10 year old kid is not playing end game fortnite where you have a huge number of players and the graphics are on another level.

Those 30 fps these people are getting now will turn into 5 fps in end game Fortnite which usually has +25 players in a fast paced moving zone.

So if you want to avoid end game to feel like you’ve unlocked some sort of teleporting ability, you need to get at least a mid-range dedicated GPU. 

 Hardware

Something like a 1050GTX (the AMD equivalent is a Radeon RX 540/550) would be okay but I recommend you start with a 1650GTX for a few reasons:

  • 1650GTX has +2GB vRAM this means more viewing distance higher settings
  • 1650GTX has significantly more CUDA cores which means more framerates
  • 1650GTX is not super expensive like a 1660Ti/2060RTX, in fact, in fact, most of the time it costs about 50-80$ more.
  • 1650GTX laptops come with better CPUs, usually, the latest from AMD/Intel.

The 1650GTX is not the best GPU for Fortnite but it is pretty close to the popular and powerful 2060RTX and 1660Ti.

The truth is anything above a 1050Ti will get you high framerates at medium or high settings (check the table if you want to know what other GPU options you have). 

Of course I’m assuming that you’re also getting a CPU that can keep up with such GPUs.

The people designing gaming laptops are actually gamers themselves so they will usually pair say a 1650GTX with the appropiate CPU except in a few rare cases.

Most 1650GTX laptops come with a Core i5 10300H/11300H or an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H/5600H , these two are almost equivalent however AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs are slightly faster and have more cores (which means higher framerates).

  Performance

We’ve tested a machine that’s ALMOST like this one: has the same RAM, GPU, display, storage,etc, except that it has a CPU that’s a generation older. Now that’s a huge difference for the game but using an AMD Ryzen 4600H as a benchmark test you can get a rough idea of what a Core i5 10300H will get you (just add 10-15 fps to every instance).

 

Low: 180 fps on average, not going down much when fighting.

Medium settings: 150 FPS on average. Going down to 120 with enemy players around.

High settings: 60 FPS  during heavy combat. 80-90 just moving around.

Epic settings: 60 FPS moving around, 40-45 in close combat.

  Display

If you do some browsing around you’ll find dozens of laptops with the same specs at the same price. What makes this one so special then?

Well it’s not just the brand, it’s also the display.  In case you haven’t noticed this one has a 120Hz display which is a REALLY great deal under 700$. Unfortunately, by the time you read this, it will probably be out of stock so you’ll probably have to settle with a 60Hz display which isn’t really going to affect performance just the way things look (they’ll be less smoother).

If you find this one out of stock, you can go ahead and pick one of the following laptops (most with 60Hz display), as long as you got that 1650GTX + AMD Ryzen 5 4600H/5600H or Core i5 9300/10300 you can start getting serious with the game.

Amazon Link CPU GPU Display Price
ASUS VivoBook R5 3500U 1050GTX 60Hz 650$
HP Pavilion R5 3550H 1050GTX 60Hz 665$
HP Pavilion  i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 686$
Acer Nitro i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 700$
HP Pavilion R5 3550H 1650GTX 60Hz 700$
HP Pavilion i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 700$
ASUS TUF R5 3500U 1650GTX 120Hz 737$
ASUS TUF R5 3550H 1650GTX 60Hz 750$
Lenovo 3 i5 10300H 1650GTX 120Hz 750$
Dell G3 i5 10300H 1650GTX 60Hz 750$
Lenovo L340 i5 9300H 1650GTX 60Hz 628$
HP Pavilion R5 4600H 1650GTX 60Hz 659$

60Hz vs 120Hz:

There are good news though….having more framerates than what the screen can display is a good thing if you want to play the game at high/epic settings.

  1. If you push  set settings to high, you’ll get around 70-90 FPS and if you push them to epic you’ll always get them below 50. This is bad for competitive gaming but still playable (check our video).
  2. If you stay on low or medium settings , you’ll get framerates in the 150-200 which is higher than what your display can output (60fps is the limit for a 60hz display), this large number of extra framerates basically reduces lag and screen tearing with the downside of looking less smoother.

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2. Lenovo Ideapad 3 

Best Laptop For Fortnite – 120Hz display

  Core i5 10300H

  8GB DDR4

   GeForce GTX 1650

  256GB PCIe SSD

  15.6” 120Hz Full HD

  4.85lb

  5 hours

This another affordable laptop with a 1650GTX that will let you play Fortnite competitively.

 Hardware

The hardware is exactly the same as the first one: RAM, GPU, SSD and even the display is 120Hz. 

Except that the CPU is from Intel. Everybody knows that AMD still has a substantial edge over Intel  (since last year). But that doesn’t mean you should avoid Intel altogether. If you opt for the latest generation processors, performance and fps gains won’t be too far off.

The fact that you are getting a 120Hz display under 750$ with a GTX 1650 is a good reason to stop caring about AMD too much because you just won’t find 120Hz laptops this cheap.  I would seriously reconsider on getting an Intel CPU with a 60Hz display though, unless you’re a big fan of intel, AMD would be the better choice.

  Performance

We’ve carried some benchmarks using a Core i5 9300H CPU. Surprisingly, it does better than our AMD laptop at low/medium settings.

High/Epic settings the performance of this laptop is relatively lower compared to the first one (with the AMD CPU). However, both laptops are going to struggle at epic settings. So if you go for an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU you will be getting about the same performance as a Core i5 9300H, this does not translate to every other game though where the AMD Ryzen 5 clearly outperforms the Core i5 CPU. 

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3. Acer Nitro

Best Laptop For Fortnite under 1000

  AMD Ryzen 5 4600H

  8GB DDR4

   GTX 1650

  512GB SSD NVMe

  15” full HD 144Hz IPS

  5.07

  4 hours

This is a rising star laptop on Amazon, the most popular model showcasing the 3050Ti GPU which was released earlier this year but only became available on laptops recently.

Core i5 10300H+3050Ti:

The Core i5 10300H/AMD Ryzen 5 4(5)600H CPUs are both ultra fast and can make good use of dedicated GPUs up to the  2060/1660Ti/3050ti models. 

If you want to play competively at high settings, the best thing to do is to step up the dGPU such as in this model. If you decide to invest on a higher CPU with a 1650GTX, then it’s only going to give you HUGE increases in framerates at medium/low settings.

Display – 144Hz:

Not only that you also get a 144Hz which you’re really going to put to good use because this monster can output +100 fps at high settings no sweat and +300fps at low settings.

It’s not that much more expensive than 1650GTX (~100$) and this is going to give you as much framerates as you’re going to need to level up the playing fields with the bid dogs in Fortnite and start playing competitively. 

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4. Acer Predator Helios 300

Best Gaming Laptop For Fortnite – Competitive Gaming

  Core i7-11800H

  16GB RAM DDR4

   GTX 3060RTX

  512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2x PCie Nvme slots free)

  15” IPS full HD 144Hz

  5.07lbs

  4 hours

This is the latest Acer Predator with updated hardware.

The 3060GTX is on a whole different level than the 2060RTX and the 1660Ti or even the 3050Ti, it’s got twice as many CUDA cores and far more clock frequency, this just means that playing at epic settings should give you at least 100FPS, provided you got a decent CPU to keep up with it.

The CPU here, is the latest of the latest for gaming from Intel, unlike previous generations it can give the newest AMD Ryzen 7 models a run for their money (both CPUs have 8 corers and ~4.5GHz).

We haven’t carried out any benchmarks on a laptop with a Core i7 11800H + 3060RTX just yet but you can get a feel of what you’ll be getting with the set up on the video above given that the only difference is the CPU which is slightly weaker than the Core i7 used on laptops.

2060GTX/3060RTX:

The GPU used on laptops is the same one used on desktops if we are talking about 2060/2070/2080 and the 30X0 series. 

As for the 2060/3060, the truth is that these are considered mid range GPUs among their series. 

However…

It is the highest GPU to go for if you are just playing Fortnite, since you’ll easily be hitting +150 fps at ultra settings

.As for the most graphically demanding games, like CoD, The Witcher,  Tomb Raider,  SkyRim will run just fine and easily go past 100 fps and 200 fps at high and medium settings respectively.

144Hz display: 

If you’ve watched the video you can see the set up easily goes past 150 fps even at ultra settings so you’re definitely going to put your 144Hz display to good use AND also (since the framerates are even higher) you will reduce lag and screen tearing a bit. It may not be wise to go for a 240Hz display since you won’t be getting framerates anywhere that number.

the 3060GTX + Core i7 11800H is as far as I would go for just Fortnite, I don’t think it’s  a good idea to spend more money on more powerful laptops since the increase in framerates. Although the increase can be very significant, they won’t necessarily up your game

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5. ASUS ROG Zephyrus DUO

Best Laptop For Fortnite – WorldCup Hardware

  Core i7 9750H

  16GB RAM DDR4

   RTX 2060 6GB 

  256GB PCIe NVMe + 1TB HDD

  15” FHD IPS 240Hz

  5.26lb

  4 hours

Thiis currently the most powerful gaming laptop in existence as of 2021. This is the kind of hardware they use (although on desktops) at the WorldCup of Fortnite.

It’s pretty expensive and I don’t expect anyone to buy this one especially since the increase in framerates (~300 at ultra) won’t make you a better player anymore than 120fps at ultra does.

 

 Hardware

As of Sept 2021, the AMD Ryzen 9 CPU shown here is currently the most powerful CPU you’ll find on a laptop AND the 3080RTX is the most powerful and recent GPU released by NVIDIA. If you decide to double check this, you’ll see that you’ll only find better hardware on desktops, not on all laptops anymore.

If you want to get a feel of the framerates you’re getting, check this benchmark on a Core i9 K CPU with the 3080RTX.

Lastly, I just want to mention that you’ll definitely find several other models from different brands with the same CPU+GPU combo and even extra storage but I would really advice you to go for either an MSI or an ASUS model. If you’re spending that much money, it’d be best for you to not cut down prices by trying brands that aren’t really specialized in making high end gaming laptops like these two.


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Note if you still can’t afford any of these check my post:

Best Laptops under 700 dollars

 
We update it nearly every week. Just make sure to know what you are doing when picking a laptop for the game (aka getting a 4Ghz CPU and 1050/1650Ti  for competitive gaming)


FAQ:

1. What about a laptop with Ninja Specs ?

Players like Ninja have custom towers(desktops) with specs up the wazooo. Ninja reported to have Core i9, 16GB RAM and the latest GPU on it. In fact, such players have a stack of GPUs, that is, they use several high end GPUs simultanously to increase framerates even more.

You’re not going to get that kind of hardware on a laptop, there isn’t just enough space. However, you can get pretty close with the last I’ve shown you.

Hardware Limits:

The thing is you can spend 3k-6k on a laptop/desktop and still drop below 100FPS in comp lobbies. So don’t think your gaming is ALWAYS going to be running at 300 fps at ultra settings 

~60FPS in 25+ players in a small moving zone  endgame is a regular thing even for such laptops.  Even ninjas 20k rig can only manage to stay below 100 fps in such scenario.

No game can handle 30 people end game and it makes sense..look how much is going on and what it’s being rendered and the workload of having so many connections on a server. 

However, getting such expensive rigs will reduce screen tearing to zero and make it less likely to have lag spikes during these intense fights. 

2. What about Ultra Cheap Laptops I mean I can play this game on my 2009 iPad I’m sure there are some…

I decided not to post cheap laptops with integrated GPUs because the title is ” Best laptops for Fortnite ” and not cheapest laptops that can run Fortnite.

So…what are the best laptop for fortnite under $500?

I know some of you are on a super low budget though so I’ll give you a few good options if all you got is 500 bucks or less:

Note that the ASUS/Acer have Windows S which means you’ll have to get a copy of Windows 10 on your own that’s what makes them a lot cheaper. The HP 4 Series is the best deal I could find with Windows 10 on it.

I’d still advice against laptops with integrated GPUs because you’ll be getting 30-40fps at 1080p on low settings and much less during intense fights (10-20). In other words, you’ll have to reduce the settings to 720p to make the game even bearable. 

If you can up your budget a bit more, you might be able to find a nice Acer Aspire 5 with an entry level GPU like the MX250. This should handle 40-60 FPS at medium settings 1080p resolution.

The big issue here is that this year there are no 600$ Laptops with MX250 they’re usually selling for 650-700$ which is a bit too high already ( some 1650GTX laptops sell for that much money).

3. What about cheaper laptops? What are the best laptops for fortnite under 300?

Laptops below 300 dollars have really weak Intel/AMD processors. They usually have something like a Celeron/Pentium or an AMD A9/A6/A4, MediaTek Chips/ ARM processors, that stuff is used for tablets and phones.

Another problem is that those laptops do not have Windows 10 on it which is what you need to play Fortnite on a laptop. Even if you were to install Windows 10 on a 300$ laptop with those CPUs, you’ll be limited to super low framerates and lag throughout the entire game and in some cases it might not even run (I’ve posted a video on what’s Fortnite like with an Integrated GPU below).

4. What do you recommend if I got nothing more than 300$?

Refurbished laptops with CPUs that can handle Windows 10.

There’s nothing wrong about refurbished laptops especially if they are from Amazon because you get a 90 day warranty.

The only thing you need to watch out when buying is the CPU, you have to make sure it’s not any of the CPUs I’ve mentioned above (any CPU that’s used on tablets/phones basically).

Here’s a search tailored to grab laptops under 300 with OK processors. Grab a Core i5 if possible.

With 50 more bucks though you could get yourself a NEW Acer Aspire 3 with the Ryzen 3 processor and if you manage to get a free copy of windows 10 you’d get a powerful laptop to play Fortnite at low settings.

D) Any cheap laptops that can run fortnite under $200?

Now let’s not push it, you’re not going to find laptops for Fortnite that cheap even on craiglist. You could buy a chromebook and install Linux on it to play other games but until there’s a Linux version of Fortnite, it’s pretty much impossible.

What about Macs?

I’m a big fan of Macs but I can’t recommend them for Fortnite even if they are cheap.

Windows laptops with integrated GPUs (300-500$) will do you a lot better while being several hundreds of dollars cheaper. 

But if you’ve got no choice but to buy a MacBook for whatever reason , it will definitely run well on either the MacBook Air/MacBook Pro as long as you get any of the recent versions(~2018 onwards).

MacBook Air:

The only downside of the Air is that it’s not been designed for gaming, just pure work. So if you want to try out other games or do some other CPU intensive task like video editing, the MacBook Air will not cut it.

13 ” MacBook Pro:

The MacBook Pro, on the other hand, will be able to handle most tasks and run most games well . Basically it will perform just as good as a premium windows laptop (600-900$) with an integrated GPU.

 16′ MacBook Pro’:

The 16” Pro is actually more geared towards gaming. The AMD Radeon 5500M in it along with the Core i9 CPU should perform just as good as a windows laptop Core i7 CPU with a 1660Ti GPU. Basically slightly weaker than the third laptop in our list.

Older MacBook Pros with  dedicated GPUs might be a good option if you don’t mind refurbished MacBooks, they will perform just as good as Windows Laptop with a MX250 GPU or a 1050GTX GPU.

If you want a Mac to play Fortnite, don’t pay for the ridicuously expensive 16” MacBook Pros, a 13” MacBook Pro will let you not only play Fortnite at low settings but they will also let you run heavy tasks that are more work oriented and let you play several other franchises.

If you just want to play Fortnite at the lowest settings and you’re more “work” oriented, then the Air is a solid choice.


How to Buy The Best Laptop For Fortnite PC

One of the reasons people assume that Fortnite can run on a potato with a HDMI port is that there’s a console/mobile version and well it can run on consoles and phones.

But let’s face it, console framerates are awful, PC framerates are on another level. The hardware is vastly different too. Any PC made within the past 5 years will outperform any console made today.

Laptops are also quite powerful but if you are not careful when choosing one you’ll get inconsistent and bad performance. 

For one thing, the hardware found on laptops is weaker than the hardware on desktops despite CPUs and GPUs using the exact same name. Also thermal issues are almost non-existent on desktops but it’s a very common problem on laptops.

Most people who are coming from a console have no clue about any of this so if you get advice from these people with comments like “Fortnite can run on a potato” be ware that such comments stem from the fact that they only have experience with  consoles or desktops (since even lousy desktops are several times more powerful than most laptops).

End Game Fortnite

This problem becomes obvious with End Game Fortnite which is unplayable for most gaming rigs. Consider yourself lucky if you ever get 100 fps. No rig no matter how expensive will get you framerates that high in that part of the game.

Nope, you can’t compare Team Rumble to Fortnite, it isn’t nearly as hardware intense as late game scrim, people aren’t editing/building that much. So that potato + HDMI  port  comment you got from reddit might only apply for Team Rumble.

Anyways let’s go through the official requirements before we get to down to hardware details.

Official Requirements

Epic games has published “minimum” and “recommended”, let’s talk about both so you don’t shoot yourself in the foot when buying a laptop. 

Minimum

  • Intel HD 4000
  • Core i3 2.4 Ghz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit + Mac OSX Sierra

These are the minimum just to run the game NOT “play it”.

If you try to play the game with these specs you won’t see what’s going far away and you’ll get choppy performance despite using low settings and a 720p resolution. 

Recommended Requirements

  • Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
  • 2 GB VRAM
  • Core i5 2.8 Ghz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

These specs will make the game playable and somewhat fun. What will make a difference here is the GPU, as long as it’s dedicated (even if its a few years old) it will increase your framerates significantly.  

If you are kind aren’t quite adept with computer terminology, please check out my post on the sidebar “Computer specs for beginners“. Once you do that, you’ll be able to grasp what’s in this GPU section.

CPU

The truth is Fortnite is more CPU intensive than anything else, in fact, most games are. GPUs are super useful only in graphically demanding games, like CoD, which Fortnite ISN’T.

But that doesn’t mean Fortnite it’s not hardware demanding. The focus is just switched over to the CPU.

If you’re still doubting on whether or not this is true, open up Fortnite right now, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and check what’s working harder: your GPU or your CPU.

Fortnite is also unusual in the fact that it is one of the few games where you can actually hit +200FPs with all settings maxed out as long as you get a superb CPU, this is possible even if you do not have a 1080ti/2080/3080RTX . 

OK, Fine What CPU Should I get?

First know that Forttnite doesn’t discriminate between AMD or Intel Processors.

In fact, the current generation of Ryzen processors outperforms Intel CPUs for gaming even in the laptop market. However, this is no reason to discard Intel altogether. All things being equal you’ll get 10-15+ fps if you opt for a ryzen chip in most games (except multicore games like CoD where you might get as much as +30 fps).

Intel

CPU Base Turbo Cores
i3 10050G1  1.2GHz 3.4GHz   2
i3 8130U  2.2GHz 3.4Ghz   2
i3 8145U  2.1GHz 3.9GHz  2
i3 10100U  2.1GHz 4.1GHz  2
i5 1035G1 1.0GHz 3.6GHz 4
i5 10210U 1.6GHz 4.2GHz 4
i5 8265U  1.6GHz 3.9GHz  4
i5 8250U 1.6GHz 3.4GHz 4
i5 8300H 2.3GHz 4GHz 4
i5 9300H 2.4GHz 4.1GHz 4
i5 10300H 2.5GHz 4.5GHz 4
i7 10510U 1.8GHz 4.0GHz 4
i7 1065G7 1.3GHz 3.9GHz 4
i7 7700HQ* 2.8GHz 3.8GHz 4
i7 8550U 1.8GHz 4.0GHz 4
i7 8750H 2.2GHz 4.1GHz 6
i5 11300H 3.1 GHz 4.4GHz 4
i7 9750H 2.6 GHZ 4.5GHz 6
i9 8950K 2.9 GHz 4.8 GHz 6
i5 9600K 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 6
i7 9700K 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz 8
i9 9900K 3.6 GHz 5.1 GHz 8
i7 10750H 2.6GHz 5GHz 8
i7 11800H 2.3GHz 4.6GHz 8
i9 11900H 2.5GHz 4.9GHz 8
i9 10890K 2.4GHz 5.3GHz 8

AMD*

CPU Base Turbo Cores/Threads
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 3.8 4.6GHz 8/16
AMD Ryzen 9 3900 3.8 4.6GHz 12/24
AMD Ryzen 9 4800HS 2.2 4.4GHz 8/16
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 3.2 4.4GHz 8/16
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS 2.9 4.2GHz 8/16
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 4.4GHz 8/16
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 3.3 4.2GHz 6/12
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 3.0 4.0 6/12
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2.3 4.0 4/8
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 2.0 4.1 8/8
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U 2.3 4.0 4/8
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2.3 4 6/6
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H 2.1 3.7 4
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1 3.7 4
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U 2.1 3.5 4

*Although AMD have low clock speed numbers compared to Intel processors, they still perform better (aka they give you more framerates).

  • Those labeled in purple and especially those in gray will give you the highest framerates in ANY game at the highest settings possible. (+200 fps with a 1660Ti GPU or higher).
  • However to be competitive in the game you don’t need to go that far. If you’re really serious about Fortnite, you’d just need to grab a blue one. (~100-144Hz if you have 8GB RAM + 1660Ti or equivalent).
  • Those in sky blue are fine too but they don’t usually come paired up with a decent dedicated GPU.

One last thing…If you plan on recording your gameplay on your laptop then going for a purple CPU may be a better idea since  your streaming/recording program will be using the extra number of cores you’ll get without interfering with your framerates.

GPU

Integrated GPUs

These are the cards that come by default with a processor. Although they have come a long way and are capable of sustaining a lot of graphical intensive applications and games succesfully(at low settings but still playable), they are just not enough for competitive gaming.

While it is true Fortnite itself isn’t GPU intensive( it’s got cartoon characters and the environment looks cartoonish) you’re definitely going to struggle during end game if you get an integrated GPU. 

If that’s all you can afford, then make sure to get a recent “integrated” GPU.

You’ll get the most recent integrated GPUs by default when you opt for a recent CPU (10th/11th generation Intel or 4th and 5th generation AMD CPUs).

Dedicated GPU

Dedicated GPUs will help a long way in getting those high framerates at high settings. Not all of them are very useful for that though so you should still be cautious when choosing one.

Name Cores vRAM Speed
MX150 384 2GB-4GB 1532
MX250 384 2GB-4GB 1582
MX230 256 2-4GB 1519
MX350 640 2-4GB 1354
MX450 896 2-4GB 1580
1050 640 2GB-4GB 1493
1050Ti 768 4GB 1620
1650 1024 4GB 1560
1060 1280 6GB 1670
1660 Ti 1536 6GB 1590
1070 2048 8GB 1645
1070Ti 2432 8GB 1683
1080 2560 8GB 1733
1080Ti 3584 11GB 1600
2060 1,920 6GB 1680
2060 Super 2,176 8GB 1650 
2070 2304 8GB 1620 
2070 Super 2560 8GB 1770
2080 2944 8GB 1710
2080 Super 3072 8GB 1815 
2080 Ti 4352 11GB 1650
3050Ti 2560 4GB 1485
3060 3584 8GB 1780
3070 5888 8GB 1730
3080 8704 10GB 1710

AMD

Name Shaders vRAM Speed Equivalent(Gaming)
Radeon 610 320 2GB 1030  Intel UHD 620
Pro RX 555X 768 2GB 855  MX150/MX250
RadeonRX 540 512 4GB 1219 ~950M
Radeon RX 550 640 4GB 1287 – 1476 +950M
Radeon RX 560X 1024 4GB 1172 – 1275 1050GTX
RX 580 1536 6GB 1077 ~1060GTX
RX5500M 1408 8GB 1327 – 1645 ~1660Ti

A few points to keep in mind:

  • The performance of mobile GPUs today is crazy compared to what it was several years ago. So the more recent the GPU the better.
  • 7 and 8th generation GPUs easily double the difference between mobiles and desktops for example.
  • 10th generation mobile cards perform ONLY 10-20% less than their desktop counterparts for example. 
  • The difference of RTX GPUs between the desktop and the laptop versions is almost non existent.
  • The most budget friendly high performance GPU 1660Ti (as long you’ve got a great CPU) will allow you to play ANY game with 1080p resolution and at the highest settings with at least 60fps.

Add all of that to the fact that the demand of high graphics at 1080p resolution is slowing down in newer and newer games or expansions (because most of them need to be played at a console too)  , a GPU with the same performance as the 1660Ti will allow you to have what you need for a decent mobile gaming rig that can last you 4+ years (these GPUs can be found under 1200$).

For Fortnite this means that 1660Ti/2060 RTX  is pretty much the best purchase you can ever make if you want to play competitively for several years.

 

 

Ok…What GPU should I aim for?

Anyways the whole point is that it helps getting a mid-range dGPU like the 1660Ti and getting a very powerful dGPU doesn’t help that much.

So basically, if you want to:

Have Fun: By this I mean good settings, no lag, no input lag, high fps at least at low settings w/ 1080p resolution. You need a GPU that’s not integrated GPU : MX150,1050, preferably a 1050Ti or an AMD Radeon RX 560X. If you want to run medium and high settings with high framerates and no lag, get a 1650Ti.

Play Competitively  (by this I mean something that can give players like Ninja a run for their money):

Like I said, it doesn’t have to be top of the range. Something liike a 1060 or a 1660Ti( 2060RTX, 3050Ti if we are talking about 2021) will do.  This should give you 150-200FPS even during 1vs1 fights with all settings maxed out.

4k resolution:  you can get 60fps with a 1660Ti at low settings and 60fps with a 2060RTX at medium settings. I would not recommend 4k resolution gaming unless you opt for the most expensive GPUs on the market and on a desktop!

To be Future Proof:

Purple GPUs are unncessary imo and won’t give you much higher framerates. However, since we’re talking about laptops, they are hard to avoid if you’re aiming for a top of the line CPU since they usually come in pairs (Ryzen 9 /Intel Core i9 often have a 3070/3080 GPU ).

These GPUs may be useful in the future though, that is, if Fortnite decides to make the game more graphically demanding but that isn’t likely to happen now, they’re doing well as it is.

On the other hand, if you ever want to play other games  like CoD which is insanely graphically demanding then they will surely come in handy. But if it is just good old jolly fortnite than yes save that cash for something else or try to find a laptop with a better CPU.

“You don’t convince me, I’ve read thousands of posts saying Fortnite doesn’t need that much power.”

I know a 1660Ti may seem like too much after reading thousands of comments saying otherwise but it’s always best to check on youtube.

You’ll see that potato laptops (which usually have a 1050 or a MX150) don’t really cut it for the game to run at high Settings. Although you can still have a lot of fun provided you set everything to low or medium and don’t mind the low rendering distance.

Think about this too…

If you ever want to venture out of Fortnite and still be able to keep up with the expanding gaming industry you should really consider a 1660Ti rig or maybe even a 2060RTX/3060RTX.

If you just want play Fortnite and other less graphically demanding games, SURE a 1050ti or 1650GTX will stand for a year yes, but after that you will be on the hunt again for more power. If you get the 1660Ti which is more expensive it’s going to last you longer  so  you could call it an investment.

[tip] What I’m trying to say is buy yourself at least a 1060Ti to rock on this and other games for at least half a decade.

GPU or CPU Bottlenecking

On the other hand, there’s people saying fortnite is GPU intensive eand and that you should get something higher than a 1660Ti if you want to play at super high settings with decent framerates. They pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL and saw their GPU usage spike up to 100%.

The truth is they probably got something like a MX150 or a 940MX and maybe even a 1050 with a high end CPU so they’re GPU bottlenecking. By this I mean their GPU is too weak to keep up with their super high end CPU. 

If they could upgrade their GPU to something more decent like a 1060Ti , a 1660Ti or even a 1650GTX, they’ll quickly realize that even at the highest settings, GPU usage will hover around  60-80%. So if they start experimenting with this…and upgrade their rig with a 1080Ti/2080…GPU usage will still be the same.

Display

IPS + FHD Screen

All gaming laptops in 2021 have FHD resolutions and most have an IPS display(virtually all laptops above 800$ have IPS displays).

On ther hand, non-gaming laptops, those with an integrated GPU, usually come with HD/HD+ resolutions.  If you decide to opt for an non-gaming laptop, this is not a problem because you shouldn’t be playing at FHD resolution with an integrated GPU anyways. 

Refresh Rates

If your GPU/CPU set up can output 100FPS at epic settings and you got a crappy 60Hz display, then the game is going to feel like it’s running at 60fps.

In other words, you NEED a display that with 120/144Hz refresh rates if you want to your eyes to see every framerate being output by your computer.

Displays with HIGH refresh rates are usually expensive so manufacturers will rarely use a 120Hz/144Hz on a laptop even if the hardware can output 3x as many framerates.

If they got a 60Hz display, they’ll try to hide the fact that it has one. I know, this is crazy.

MACS (continued)

If you’re on Mac, just keep an eye on OSX version you have. The game is definitely choosy when it comes to the Apple operating system.

If you’re using any OSX before Sierra like  El Capitan,  the game will probably not run on your system.

And if you got a Mac with specs like this:

  • Intel HD 4000
  • Core i3 2.4 Ghz
  • 4 GB RAM

The game is not going to be even playable.

You want at least something like this:

  • Intel HD  6000
  • Core i5
  • 8 GB RAM 3 DDR3
  • Mac OS X Sierra

To play at the bare bone minimum settings.

Only the high-end or the recently released Macs feature standalone dedicated GPUs which have enough power to support FHD resolutions at medium settings. They’re the only models that will be able to give you the full Fortnite experience.

Here’s a  good guideline to follow:

  • MacBook: Not recommended.
  • MacBook Air 13-inch: Maybe. Depends on the year. 2017+ will be OKAY at 720p.
  • MacBook Pro (with Intel Iris Pro Graphics): Great for 1080p at minimum settings.
  • MacBook Pro (with Radeon Pro 555 or 560): Great for 720p-1080p at medium. 
  • iMac 21.5-inch (with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640): 720p low settings playable +30-40 fps.
  • iMac 21.5-inch (with Radeon Pro 555 or Pro 560): Great for 720p-1080p at medium. 
  • iMac 27-inch: Recommended. High settings.
  • iMac Pro: Recommended.High settings.
  • Mac Pro: Recommended.High settings.
  • Mac Mini: Not recommended. Not recommended. Unplayable at the lowest.

Even with a nice powerful and recent Mac that has a dGPU you may not be able to run the game sometimes due to the Operating System version (it’d be best not to update the OSX unless you know for sure there are compatibility issues).

Epic Games doesn’t focus much of their attention to the Apple systems so there will be a few long time bugs that will have to be resolved and will keep appearing in the game over the years (due to OSX or game updates). 

Issues like texture issues, bad frame rates and being stuck in the loading screen are pretty common. Again don’t update your system unless you know for sure it wont wreack havoc with Fortnite.

If the Fortnite update turns out to be the issue, then try reinstalling Fortnite on your Mac.   If that doesn’t work, don’t return your Mac and/or don’t buy a new computer, just wait a week see if it’s resolved by Epic games.

Best performance Settings

Here’s a cool post by MetaBomb on how to get the best performance out of your rig by lowering down the settings just right so as not to affect your ability to rock the game . Also check out this post to get the best keyboard settings to bump up your gaming.

Here are a few more tricks to get some FPS I found (apply these if you’re not happy with your current framerates, don’t do them if you already have +150fps).

  • Disable replay recording. You may get more than 100 fps doing that
  • Adjust the resolution scale to something like 79%
  • Set everything to low except for textures and view distance (at far)
  • Once the game is running, close the launcher and make sure steam or any other programs isn’t running in the background.
  • Enable FPS cap.
  • Turn off Shadows and post processing
  • If you have nvidia shadow play, turn it off then back on.
  • Check out this video too:

  • Uninstall GPU drivers w/ DDU and reinstall them
  • Set fortnite to high priority + turn off the game bar
  • If nothing else works and you still have bad fps, then, as a last resort, set the view distance to Low

 Here are a few more pages that might help with settings: Techcenturion, Driverseasy and gamingscan.

Comments?

If you have any comments, suggestions, questions or recommendations on how to find the best laptop for Fortnite  . Please let me know in the comments below, I’ll try to answer as soon as I can. 

 

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