Any mobile CPU will not be able to effectively utilise anything more than 32GB of RAM due to bottle necking. New gen of Ryzen CPU might change that, but don't hold your horse.Since gaming laptops focus on modern video cards (something EQ doesn't really use) you'd probably be better off with a workstation laptop that's heavy on RAM.
What besides EQ do you want to do with the laptop?
Why a laptop at all?
How many characters are you hoping to box?
edit: if you want to run an entire guild, you can load the Thinkpad P series with 128GB RAM
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You should have little issue with pretty much any modern laptop with 16GB of RAM for a full box group. The lag will originate from your internet connection, so my best bet is get your own 4/5G connection plus VPN instead of using crappy hotel/airport wifi.I have money. I travel so its nice to run a box group of six, which I do on my current laptop. I am looking for a real good state of the art one to run eq on is all. I hate lag.
True 4 years ago. Not anymore.Any mobile CPU will not be able to effectively utilise anything more than 32GB of RAM due to bottle necking. New gen of Ryzen CPU might change that, but don't hold your horse.
FYI 32GB of RAM is suffice for 4-5 group boxing. Anything more you will be looking at desktops CPUs.
Not sure about X1Carbon but XPS definitely have thermal throttling issues.If it's just a 6 box group and you're actually traveling, then I'd go with either an X1 Carbon or XPS 13 (or 15 depending on your eyesight).
Both are light, power efficient and sturdy laptops. Replacement parts are easy to find as are guides on how to fix them, and they retain value like Macbooks.
I used to urge people away from gaming laptops since they were 10+lbs and power hungry, making them awful machines once they were no longer cutting-edge. This may have changed recently with advances in efficient GPUs, I haven't looked into it.
I regret picking the 4K screen on mine, and it's a 15" one. Buttons become so microscopic it's not even enjoyable the few keys to start MQ. Go for the 1080p version.Thermal throttling is why I went with the Helios. Helios 300 is 6C/12T and you cans hove a decent bit of memory in it. As @tc215215 pointed out, the helios 500 or the other acer line pointed out by Wirecutter would probably be better. No real thermal throttling issues and general heat is under control (Wirecutter tested that). All the other 2019 gaming laptops, or at least most, seem to have some pretty bad heat issues.
That all being said, however, @Redbot raises a solid point on portability: Most super expensive gaming laptops will start at 4 points, the budget ones 5 pounds. I think you'd want a high end XPS 13 w/ 4K monitor (you can spread out your resources next to your EQ windows), shove 16GB of ram (you'll be 6-8 boxing -- maybe 10?) in there -- well, choose that config -- and you'll have something easy to carry with solid build quality.
This thread is making me think we start up a dedicated eqclient.ini/mq2 ini settings guid with a memory usage graph per character in a few reference zones...
I run eq on a desktop with a 4k monitor and even then the stuff is microscopic if left at 4k. If you right click the eq exe and turn off the allow program to control resolution and then just max the resulotuin settings in the EQ settings tab before you load the game you will get the same exact look and text/button sizing as if your monitor was 1080p.I regret picking the 4K screen on mine, and it's a 15" one. Buttons become so microscopic it's not even enjoyable the few keys to start MQ. Go for the 1080p version.
First off there are way too many nails getting hit on the head around here. What are we... framing carpenters.Tc2 hit the nail on the head, hotel wife is horrible.
dang, this is a good pitch lolI'm going to throw out an interesting suggestion which is perfect for EQ, considering it isn't GPU bound.
Ultrabook. I got a LG Gram with a 17" screen. Crazy battery life. 16:10 aspect ratio 2k screen. The screen is damn nice, but it's glossy and not matte. The case is made of a magnesium alloy, it flexes but doesn't break.
It weighs less than 3 pounds. Less than 3 pounds and a 17" 16:10 screen, so it looks like a regular 1080p screen, just taller.
It also has Thunderbolt 3, I have a Razer Core X eGPU box which also powers / recharges the battery and have a 1070 fitted into that when I want a traditional desktop gaming experience on the laptop.
It has two NVME m.2 slots and can take up to 40GB of RAM (8GB onboard and two SODIMM slots).
The keyboard ain't that bad either, could have used a wider Enter button but whatever. WiFi performance is really good, too.
In my office I have a Ryzen box literally affixed to my wall that's my main gaming rig with multiple BenQ monitors and that laptop is simply badass on the go in regard to functionality, weight, battery life and performance if you don't need GPU power. You can have it on your lap and you aren't going to turn your legs into bacon either. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader, I use that to unlock the screen and it's perfect much like my LG G-series phones I use. Always works first try.
It does thermal throttle when you're doing benchmarks or with demanding games. A program called Throttlestop helps out, you can undervolt. That's what I use. I can't see a full box group making the CPU throttle, tho.
That's where @Redbot nailed it. His post was the ultimate boxing laptop.I honestly dont care about weight, battery life. Just looking for hands down the best of the best laptop to play eq on. It does not matter how much it costs. I should have said all that from the beginning I guess.
None of my business but what that booger set you back? That has better hardware than most peoples desktops!After months and months of looking around and talking with people in the industry I opted on ordering the Alienware Area 51 laptop. Its fully upgradable, and with a weight of almost 9lbs it will help keep my arms in shape for when I need to throw things across the room when the groups wipe!
I needed something to run auto cad on, and wanted to get my daughter who wants to get back into Everquest my 1 yr old Rogue Strix.
...I guess the bass boat will have to wait until next year!
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I hated having to do the trade-off when I got mine. Why can't I have an ultra powerful ultra light 13" laptop with a 4K screen that doesn't hurt my eyes. :-(Thats an awesome machine. I looked at the Zeyph ROG line and was contemplating that one for a bit. The Asus ROG I currently have has been great. My eyes though...must have the 17" screens