Baldur’s Gate saga is undoubtedly one of the best RPG games of all times, and it finally got a long-awaited sequel, Baldur’s Gate 3. It’s been developed by Larian Studios (developer of Divinity Original Sin). I compiled a list of best I compiled a list of 5 gaming laptops to enjoy playing Baldur’s Gate III smoothly without any stuttering and lagging right at the release.

You may just scroll down directly to my short gameplay video running Baldur’s Gate 3 on the recommended gaming laptop Acer Predator Helios 300.

First, of course, it depends on the budget you are willing to spend on a new gaming machine. Second, a good starting point would be meeting at least the recommended system requirements. Why recommended and not minimum? Because minimum requirements are based on what developers define that games are playable at the lowest graphic settings values. Whereas the recommended requirements are what is needed to run a game with decent or highest graphical settings with a high enough frame rate for the best gaming experience.

1. Acer Nitro 5

2. Asus TUF FX505

3. ASUS TUF Gaming A15

Recommended

4. Acer Predator Helios 300

5. MSI GL65 Leopard

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6"...
ASUS TUF (2019) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, GeForce...
ASUS TUF TUF506IU-ES74 Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen...
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB,...
MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core...
Processor
i5-9300H
Ryzen 7 3750H
Ryzen 7 4800H
i7-10750H
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2070
RAM
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Storage
256GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, Full HD, IPS
15.6”, 120Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
1,433 Reviews
470 Reviews
332 Reviews
1,297 Reviews
1,043 Reviews
$709.99
$899.00
$986.99
$1,168.99
$1,338.00

1. Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6"...
Processor
i5-9300H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1650
RAM
8GB DDR4
Storage
256GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, Full HD, IPS
1,433 Reviews
$709.99

2. Asus TUF FX505

ASUS TUF (2019) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, GeForce...
Processor
Ryzen 7 3750H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1650
RAM
8GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 120Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type
470 Reviews
$899.00

3. ASUS TUF Gaming A15

ASUS TUF TUF506IU-ES74 Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen...
Processor
Ryzen 7 4800H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
332 Reviews
$986.99
Recommended

4. Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB,...
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
1,297 Reviews
$1,168.99

5. MSI GL65 Leopard

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core...
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
1,043 Reviews
$1,338.00

Last update on 2020-12-01.

Baldur’s Gate 3 System Requirements

Minimum

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
  • GRAPHICS: Nvidia GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • STORAGE: 70 GB available space

Recommended

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel i7 4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • GRAPHICS: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / AMD RX580
  • MEMORY: 16 GB RAM
  • STORAGE: 70 GB available space

Source: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1086940/Baldurs_Gate_3/

Important: The components listed (especially processor and graphics card) in the requirements are all meant to be the desktop versions. They’re up to 20% faster than mobile versions, and we must consider this fact. So we don’t end up with an underpowered laptop even though being within the recommended requirement.

What is the Best Laptop for Baldur’s Gate III?

There is no “the best one”. Each one of the machines listed here would run the game just fine, smoothly without any stuttering. But as mentioned previously, it also depends on how much you willing to go spend. You cannot expect the same performance from the lowest budget laptop to the highest one. Obviously. 🙂

Regarding performance, it’s mainly all about how many frames per second a gaming laptop can output to the display.

About FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS):

What is FPS? It is the number of consecutive images produced onto the monitor each second. (Note: In gaming FPS also stands for First Person Shooter but this is not the case here.)

How many FPS is needed? – It is not yet known for sure how many FPS the human eye and brain can process. But they predict it could be around 200. The number of frames per second that is acceptable for gaming though is far lower. From bare minimum 25 FPS up to the limit of your screen*. If the FPS drop below 25, you are likely to notice considerable stuttering.

*By screen limit I mean its refresh rate. Nowadays there are even 300Hz (frames per second) monitors in the gaming scene. That “high refresh” rate monitors give a feeling of a more responsive overall experience. The game type can also be a factor. If you play online competitive games you get an advantage over your opponents who have regular 60Hz displays. Basically, more frames, earlier and more you see than. 🙂

A great explanation here on this video from Nvidia:

Of course, a CPU & GPU must be able to maintain enough frames per second (possibly up to screen limit) to make it a difference.

Baldur’s Gate is not yet released, nor is it in the public test phase. Based on official gameplay and system requirements, we can easily pick five laptops that are powerful enough to run the game flawlessly.

Baldur’s Gate Official Gameplay:

The recommended GPU is “Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD RX580”. According to the performance chart on Videocard Benchmarks website, to be on a safe side, it’s recommended for a laptop to have at least a GTX 1650, a RTX 2060 laptop would be an ideal choice.

Considering CPU, there’s really not an issue as today’s laptop specs are well above the 4th generation of an Intel Core i5. So this is nothing to be worried about.

Acer Nitro 5

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i5-9300H • GRAPHICS: GeForce GTX 1650 • MEMORY: 8GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6”, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 256GB NVMe SSD

Acer Nitro 5  is a solid gaming laptop for casual gamers. Regarding performance, it sits in middle-tier at an entry-level price. Laptop’s plastic body is a bit chunky, but the 9th Gen Core i5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU more than compensate for the chassis.

If you’re a hardcore gamer, then look elsewhere. But if your budget is limited, the Nitro 5 is for sure an option worth considering.

PROS / CONS

Price/Performance
 Stays cool even under high load

✖ Bulky size

Last update on 2020-12-01.


Asus TUF FX505

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: Ryzen 7 3750H • GRAPHICS: GeForce GTX 1650 • MEMORY: 8GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6”, 120Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

Asus has created an inexpensive gaming laptop that prioritizes frame rates while sacrifices the right piece of hardware. As a “co-production” from AMD and Nvidia (Ryzen 7 and GTX 1650) with a 120Hz screen, excellent RGB keyboard, NVMe SSD, the Asus TUF Gaming FX705DT  proves to be a well-rounded gaming laptop with no significant weak points.

PROS / CONS

Good gaming performance for the price
Runs cool

Average battery life

Last update on 2020-12-01.


ASUS TUF Gaming A15

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: Ryzen 7 4800H • GRAPHICS: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 is one of the best value gaming laptops in the market because of its outstanding price/performance ratio. A newest Ryzen 7 4800H combined with the GTX 1660 Ti graphics is making this an excellent choice for those who are looking for a good gaming laptop without spending too much.

PROS / CONS

Powerful Ryzen CPU
Battery life
  Value for money

Average quality display, a bit color inaccurate

Last update on 2020-12-01.


MSI GL65 Leopard

Key Components:

PROCESSOR:  i7-10750H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2070 • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

MSI GP65 Leopard is an excellent all-around “jack of all trades” gaming laptop. While the chassis looks and feels a bit cheaply made, the hardware inside is excellent for the money. Considering the price, the Full HD LG display is phenomenal. Response times are very quick, and the 144 Hz refresh rate makes the gameplay look beautifully smooth at higher framerates.

PROS / CONS

Best price performance (10th Gen Intel i7 and an RTX 2070)
Great display

Weak speakers

Last update on 2020-12-01.


Conclusion

All these laptops would run Baldur’s Gate 3 just fine. Staying within the reasonable game settings for specific GPU you can enjoy playing the game smoothly. If you have a large budget to spend then go for some high-end laptop listed here and crank the graphics settings up to the roof. Otherwise, the RECOMMENDED machine is a great deal and compensation between price and performance.

Have fun playing the game!

Take care! 🙂