7 Best Laptop For Playing Fallout 4 in 2021: Complete Buying Guide - The Cursed Crusade

Best Gaming Laptop For Fallout 4: Check Our Top Choices

Man holding Fallout 4 videogame on Sony Playstation 4 console in store

Even though Fallout 4 was released all the way back in November of 2015, it’s still an extremely popular game today.

Sometimes, it even slips into the top 50 games on Steam which is quite impressive considering the fact that this is a single-player RPG released over half a decade ago. When you add in the fact that many people own this game on console (Xbox and PS4), its total player count is quite impressive.

This article is focused on Fallout 4 for PC, specifically laptops. A lot of people like taking their favorite games with them whenever they travel or go to a friend’s place. And a gaming laptop is excellent for that.

But which is the best laptop for Fallout 4? The answer to that question depends on the following- what graphical settings are you using? Is it vanilla Fallout 4 or modded? What resolution is your monitor? 

Once you factor in all these variables, you’ll get an idea of the amount of power required to run Fallout 4. While it will function just fine on old gaming laptops and even modern student laptops, the game can be quite demanding if you ramp up the visual settings and resolution.

We did the research and came up with a list of 7 laptops for Fallout 4. Some are gaming laptops, others are student/ business laptops that you can carry to school or office. Our top choice is the Razer Blade Pro 17, which has an excellent QHD 165Hz IPS display and RTX 3060 graphics.

Here is our list of 7 best laptop for Fallout 4:

  • Razer Blade Pro 17
  • Lenovo Legion Y540
  • Dell G5
  • Evoo Gaming EG-LP7-BK
  • Razer Blade 15 Base
  • ASUS ROG Strix G15
  • VivoBook Flip 14

Razer Blade Pro 17

While most people are content with plastic laptops for gaming, some desire the best. Some desire a laptop that isn’t an eyesore with gaudy RGB lights plastered all over the frame.

The Razer Blade Pro is designed for those who want more than just a gaming laptop. It is comparable to an Apple MacBook in terms of build quality and user experience.

You get a 2560 x 1440 IPS display with a 165Hz refresh rate, far beyond what the competition offers. This is a significant upgrade over 1080p and 120Hz, plus the colors and viewing angles are better due to it being an IPS panel.

Then, there’s the unibody machined magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis. Light, yet rigid at the same time. This is a laptop that feels premium every time you hold it, every time you type on it.

Talking of typing, the keys are stealthy with customizable RGB lighting. They maintain a low profile and don’t generate much noise, however that doesn’t mean they are mushy or slow. You get tactile feedback at the end of each stroke, along with an audible click sound.

The processor is an Intel 10th generation octacore i7 with a boost clock of 5Ghz (i7-10875H). While an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H would have been better for performance and efficiency, some will appreciate the presence of Intel HD graphics for encoding video.

Then, there’s the RTX 3060 6GB graphics card (Max-Q version). All this is supported by 16GB of DDR4 memory and a 512GB SSD. If this laptop has any weakness other than the mediocre battery life, it’s the 512GB SSD. At this price, we expect a 1TB SSD.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10875H octacore processor with 16 threads and a 5Ghz boost clock.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB graphics.
  • 16GB of DDR4 memory.
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe storage.
  • Large 17.3” 165Hz 1440p IPS display.
  • Machined magnesium-aluminum unibody chassis.
  • Top-firing speakers.
  • Vapor chamber cooler with copper heat pipes and dual fans.
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.
  • Large glass-covered trackpad. 
  • Chroma RGB keyboard.

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life thanks to an Intel 14nm processor.
  • 512GB of storage is a little low for the price.

Lenovo Legion Y540

We took one look at this laptop and the first thing that stands out is the weird trackpad placement, it is way over to the left for some reason. Which can accidentally mess up your aim if you are playing with WASD and your palm falls on the trackpad while gaming.

Thankfully, turning off the trackpad is fairly easy. And everything else about this laptop is very impressive.

Such as the display, which is a 144Hz IPS panel (FHD resolution). Then, there’s the i7-9750H processor with 6 cores and 12 threads.

You might think “well isn’t 9th gen a bit too long in the tooth?”. And that’s fine because Intel is on their 11th gen (Tiger Lake) at the time of writing this article. However, in terms of performance within games, this 9th gen i7 actually beats out Tiger Lake which is limited to 4 cores and lower clock speeds.

Besides, the 9750H was basically rebranded as a 10750H by giving it slightly higher base and boost clock speeds. Both 9th and 10th gen “H” series Intel processors are using the same 14nm process and microarchitecture. 

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake processor with 6 cores and 12 threads (4.5Ghz boost clock).
  • NVIDIA GTX 1660ti graphics with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
  • 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
  • PCIe NVMe storage.
  • 15.6” 144Hz FHD IPS display.
  • Backlit keyboard with 1.7mm of key travel.
  • Good cooler, it keeps the laptop cool and quiet while gaming.
  • Has plenty of I/O- USB Type-A, USB Type-C, Ethernet, HDMI, etc.

Cons

  • Weird webcam and trackpad placement.
  • Just 256GB of storage.

Dell G5

Sleek, light, and extremely well-equipped- the Dell G5 might just be THE best gaming laptop in its price class.

Punching well above its weight with an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H octacore processor, the G5 also packs an RX 5600M which is similar in performance to an RTX 2060 (minus the raytracing, because it has no dedicated hardware for raytracing).

If you are more focused on processor speed and value for money instead of RTX, this is the laptop for you. It has a really nice Full HD 120Hz display which is perfect for playing games like Rainbow Six: Siege and CS: GO.

If you’re playing titles like Fallout 4, New Vegas, etc. the 32GB of RAM comes in handy when you install a bunch of mods.

It also has a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD. This puts it ahead of the Razer and Lenovo laptops we reviewed prior to this in terms of storage capacity (even though the G5 costs a lot less than either of those two).

Pros

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 7nm processor with 8 Zen 2 cores and 16 threads (faster than most 8-core 10th gen Intel i7s, and consumes a LOT less power).
  • AMD RX 5600M GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM (RTX 2060 equivalent).
  • A whopping 32GB of RAM means you can heavily mod games such as Fallout 4 (also makes this laptop good for video editing).
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
  • 15.6” 144Hz FHD display with a built-in 720p webcam that isn’t located in a weird spot (looking at you Lenovo and Gigabyte).
  • Plenty of I/O- USB Type-A, SD card reader, HDMI, RJ-45 Ethernet, USB Type-C, and even a mini DisplayPort. 
  • Wi-Fi 6 (Killer AX1650).

Cons

  • Poor audio quality.
  • The RX 5600M can have stability issues owing to drivers.

Evoo Gaming EG-LP7-BK

Evoo probably isn’t a brand you’ve heard of before, but now is the best time to get acquainted with one of the best gaming laptop manufacturers. These guys are all about value for money, and they don’t waste money on gimmicky features.

The laptops are minimalistic in design with focus placed on everything that actually matters- cooler, CPU, GPU, build quality, etc. 

This Evoo laptop packs a Ryzen 7 4800H processor and RTX 2060 GPU, which means it is the equivalent of the Dell G5 in terms of performance.

However, you get RT cores which means you can play games that support RTX with RT turned on. And you also get access to NVIDIA’s incredible DLSS supersampling technology. And more stable drivers compared to the RX 5600M.

The only real issue with this laptop is its storage- 512GB isn’t bad, but we really wanted a 1TB drive for this price. 

Pros

  • Ryzen 7 4800H processor with 8 cores and 16 threads (Zen 2).
  • RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 graphics.
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM.
  • PCIe NVMe storage.
  • 15.6” FHD 120Hz display.
  • Sleek and lightweight design with a rugged plastic chassis.

Cons

  • Mediocre audio quality.
  • 512GB of storage isn’t exactly bad, but for the price, it should’ve been 1TB.

Razer Blade 15 Base

As the name indicates, this is the “base” version of the Blade 15 model. So it has an FHD display instead of QHD, and the processor is a 6-core instead of an 8-core.

Not that it’s going to matter for gaming since most games don’t use more than 6 cores and 12 threads. Unless you’re also streaming, in which case an 8-core is recommended.

The Blade 15 Base has an RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which is more than adequate for Fallout 4. Even at 4k with a bunch of mods installed.

And with 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, this laptop is going to play everything smoothly for at least another 2 or 3 years. And you get the same build quality as the advanced or pro models (unibody aluminum alloy chassis).

Pros

  • Intel 10th generation i7 with 6 cores and 12 threads.
  • NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM.
  • 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
  • FHD 144Hz display.
  • Unibody aluminum alloy chassis.
  • Premium audio quality with top-firing stereo speakers.
  • Good keyboard with Chroma RGB per-key customizable backlighting.
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3.

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life.
  • 512GB of storage instead of 1TB.

ASUS ROG Strix G15

One of the best value-for-money gaming laptops in general, this is the ideal laptop for Fallout 4 if you’re looking for something around the 1000-dollar mark. It is sleek, stylish, has a nice processor, and a fast PCIe NVMe storage drive.

The display has decent colors, even though it is TN and not IPS. And while the chassis is plastic, it’s good quality plastic and balances weight vs rigidity really well.

Battery life and storage are the only real issue here, a 1TB SSD instead of a 512GB SSD would’ve been perfect. Add in an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H instead of the i7-10750H and you’ve got the perfect package.

The NVIDIA GTX 1650ti is more than adequate for the job, it will run Fallout 4 and other AAA titles from the same time period on max settings at 1080p without any issues.

Pros

  • Intel Core i7-10750H hexacore with 12 threads and a 5Ghz boost clock.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650ti with 4GB GDDR6 VRAM.
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM, upgradeable.
  • PCIe NVMe storage.
  • 15.6” 144Hz thin-bezel display.
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi, USB 3.2 Type-C, and USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, along with HDMI output and RJ-45 Ethernet.
  • Backlit gaming keyboard.

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life.
  • No webcam.

VivoBook Flip 14

Cheap yet highly capable, the VivoBook Flip 14 is one of the cheapest gaming laptop you can buy to run Fallout 4 at 1080p. Its AMD Vega integrated graphics are adequate for low to medium settings on Fallout 4.

However, we recommend you don’t install any mods that are too taxing on hardware as the iGPU will struggle to keep up.

Memory is shared between the GPU and CPU cores, there is a total of 8GB which is just enough for Fallout 4. However, upgradability is somewhat limited because 4GB of RAM is soldered. So you have one free slot (you can install a 16GB stick to take the total up to 20).

The display is a decent FHD TN panel with “okay” colors. It won’t blow away your mind, but hey- for this price you are getting a very good package. Backlit keyboard, excellent battery life, 8-core Zen 2 CPU, what else could you need? And this is a 2-in-1, so you get a touchscreen mounted to a 360° hinge. 

Pros

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor with 8 cores.
  • Vega integrated graphics. 
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM.
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD.
  • Brushed aluminum chassis.
  • 2-in-1 laptop, 14” FHD touch display on a 360° hinge so you can use the Flip 14 as a tablet if you want.

Cons

  • While this laptop does have a fingerprint reader since it’s a 2-in-1, the scanner should’ve been built into the power button.
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi instead of the newer 802.11ax.

How To Select The Best Laptop For Fallout 4?

Fallout 4 has certain graphical settings that can significantly impact your framerate, and when you add in mods the situation becomes even more unpredictable.

Lower-end machines like those with integrated graphics will struggle to run this game at 1080p on anything above low so we recommend you stick to 768p if you’re playing on Intel HD or Vega integrated graphics.

Mods for textures, weather, anti-aliasing, colors, and much more exist. Adding more mods will put more load on your hardware, requiring more RAM and GPU muscle to process all the new data.

We recommend at least a 4-core, 8-thread processor with a clock speed above 3.5Ghz. Preferably something released in the past year or two. As for RAM, if you’re modding you’ll need 12+GB. We recommend 16GB for the smoothest experience.

And finally the most important part of your Fallout 4 laptop- the graphics card. It should be a decent mid-range model from the latest generation with at least 8GB of VRAM if you plan to play on 4K.

If you’re gaming at 1080p, 4GB of VRAM will get the job done as long as the GPU itself is fast enough.

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Conclusion

We hope this article gave you the information you need to make an informed buying decision. Laptops are not easy to upgrade, and most of the time you’re limited to just upgrading the RAM + storage.

Say you play games other than Fallout 4 that get regular updates and are scheduled to get future updates for at least another year or two. In that case, buy a laptop that’s slightly more powerful than what you need right now.

As for our top pick, the Razer Blade Pro 17, it has everything- an excellent display, powerful graphics, fast processor, and exceptional build quality.

For those among you with a slightly tighter budget, the VivoBook Flip 14 is the way to go. It does have a decent processor, the Ryzen 7 4700U. And is quite sleek with 8+ hours of battery life.