World of Warcraft is one of the best MMORPG games of all time. It was released in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment. Currently, it is at its 8th extension Shadowlands.

The system requirements from Vanilla to Shadowlands expansion has changed a lot. Especially in 2018, when DirectX 12 support came into play. Blizzard continuously improves graphic elements such as textures, lighting, 3D models, particle effects, and so on. Even Ray Tracing is implemented in the newest expansion. To have it enabled, of course, a laptop needs to have an Nvidia Geforce RTX series of a graphics card.

It demands a gaming laptop with a processor and graphics card powerful enough to run the game smoothly, so the gameplay is the most enjoyable.

I compiled a list of 5 gaming laptops to enjoy playing WoW smoothly without any stuttering and lagging. And also to make you “future proof” for at least a few expansions that are yet to come. Or maybe some other game if you get bored with World of Warcraft.

You may just scroll down directly to my short gameplay video running World of Warcraft 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.

Note that due to graphics improvement of the Shadowlands expansion Blizzard again raised the requirements.

Recommended

1. Acer Predator Helios 300

2. MSI GL65 Leopard

3. Razer Blade 15

4. MSI GS66 Stealth

5. Gigabyte AORUS 15G

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...
Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX...
MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS-037 15.6" 300Hz 3ms Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop Intel Core...
[2020] AORUS 15G (YB) Performance Gaming Laptop, 15.6-inch FHD 240Hz IPS, GeForce RTX 2080...
Processor
i7-10750H
i7-10750H
i7-10875H
i7-10750H
i7-10875H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
32GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512TB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 300Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 240Hz, Full HD, IPS
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Recommended

1. 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
815 Reviews
$1,137.99

2. 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
907 Reviews
$1,399.99

3. Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10750H 6 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX...
Processor
i7-10875H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512TB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
305 Reviews
$1,999.99

4. MSI GS66 Stealth

MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS-037 15.6" 300Hz 3ms Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop Intel Core...
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
RAM
32GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 300Hz, Full HD, IPS
119 Reviews
$2,249.00

5. Gigabyte AORUS 15G

[2020] AORUS 15G (YB) Performance Gaming Laptop, 15.6-inch FHD 240Hz IPS, GeForce RTX 2080...
Processor
i7-10875H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 240Hz, Full HD, IPS
49 Reviews
$2,799.00

Last update on 2020-10-23.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands System Requirements

Minimum

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 7 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i5-3450 or AMD FX™ 8300
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760 2 GB or AMD Radeon™ RX 560 2 GB or Intel® UHD Graphics 630 (45W TDP) *Requires manufacturer’s driver support.
  • MEMORY: 4GB RAM (8GB if using supported integrated graphics)
  • STORAGE: 100GB available space

Recommended

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X or better
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 or better
  • MEMORY: 8GB
  • STORAGE: Solid State Drive (SSD) 100GB available space

Source: https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/256565

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 World of Warcraft Shadowlands?

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.

The recommended GPU for the Shadowlands is “NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 (Radeon equivalent)”. 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 RTX 2060 (standard or with Max-Q design).

When you do raiding, or battlegrounds there are lots of player models and spell effects being rendered. Even though Blizzard makes a great effort to optimize every piece of 3D content it’s still quite a task for graphics cards.

Also, you are on a safe side for at least a few expansions in the near future. Considering CPU, there’s really not an issue as today’s laptop specs are well above the 6th generation of an Intel Core i7. So this is nothing to be worried about.

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 2020-10-23.


Razer Blade 15

Image credit: Future

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-10875H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

Razer Blade 15 packs lots of power with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, high-end graphics with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, and a fast 144Hz FHD matte display for an obscene competitive advantage in high-FPS games. All this performance is packed into in a durable, precision-crafted aluminum chassis that remains as compact as ever at 0.7-inches thin.

PROS / CONS

Attractive aluminum chassis
Huge battery life

Relative expensive

Last update on 2020-10-23.


MSI GS66 Stealth

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-10750H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q • MEMORY: 32GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 300Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

The MSI GS66 Stealth is a strong player in this field, with a nice build and high-end features that match its high price. It’s a reasonably portable, high-performing machine.

It has plenty of advanced features and will perform at very high frame rates in all games. The price tag is quite high, though, so I can only recommend it to hardcore enthusiasts with big budgets.

PROS

Impressive 300Hz display
Plenty of ports
 Sturdy but portable metal build

CONS

Relative small storage for the price

Last update on 2020-10-23.


Gigabyte AORUS 15G

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-10875H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 240Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

The Aorus 15G is a well-designed laptop with outstanding performance, that’s for sure. It’s quite an investment, but a smart one if your pockets allow you. From the mechanical keyboard to the cooling system, packing the latest CPUs (10th Generation H-Series) from Intel and GPUs (GeForceRTX Super) from Nvidia, the Aorus 15G is a winner of gaming laptops to date.

PROS / CONS

Mechanical keyboard
Strong graphics and overall performance
Long battery life

Aggressive design (for some may actually be a Pro)
Awkward webcam placement

Last update on 2020-10-23.


Conclusion

How the gaming laptop performs it depends also on the situation. There is quite a difference whether you are in some crowded zone or city, full of other players. Or when you run 5 man dungeons, raids or PvP arenas.

You can realistically expect a lower frame rate in crowded zones as the computer must render more graphical elements at the same time. And a higher frame rate lets say indoors, where there are not that many 3D elements to be shown on display.

To sum up: all these laptops would run World for Warcraft Shadowlands 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! 🙂