Redfall, which was just recently announced at E3 and is slated for a September 2022 release, is a third-person action-adventure game with all the hallmarks of Arkane’s peculiar style – “Deep, immersive single-player, emergent multiplayer“, etc. The biggest news was the inclusion of an open world. The fact that Arkane has the most enjoyable open worlds to date is encouraging. Also encouraging – I was at a show floor presentation of Redfall’s combat gameplay at E3 and it was spectacular!
Why am I mentioning all this? It seems to me that you can pick any notebook for Redfall but only a handful will be suitable for your needs. You’re obviously here for advice on what specs to look for in a laptop when you’re on the hunt for one. Well, lucky you – that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss next. First, let’s check out some basic requirements then move on to the comparison of notebooks with best benchmarks and reviews in terms of price/performance ratio.
We’ll start with…
- Arkane is making a new game – Redfall
- Redfall will have an open world (in contrast to Arkane’s previous games)
- expect high quality from this one!
Requirements for a Redfall laptop
Major My graphics card recommendations for playing Redfall
Choosing the best graphics card for playing Redfall can be tough. The game has some very unique aspects to it, which can make it difficult to determine what hardware you need. That said, I’ve put together a list of minimum, recommend, and best video cards for playing Redfall.
Minimum graphics (under $1000)
The first option I recommend is the AMD Radeon RX 5600M or Nvidia GTX 1650.
Recommended graphics ($1000 – $1600)
The next level up is mid-range graphics cards like RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti. These cards are able to deliver playable framerates with medium settings on Full HD. Just remember that higher refresh rates are likely to have an effect on performance as well!
Best graphics ($2000 and up)
If you have the budget, then I would recommend RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 as they are powerful enough to max out the game’s settings with high framerates at Full HD.
Major My processor recommendations for playing Redfall
CPU is the 2nd most vital component to improve your FPS, specifically FPS drops – I’m talking about the 1% lows that cause perceivable stutter. To improve this metric, we’ll need a sufficient processor, and this year AMD has come out with some of the best offerings they had in years. But is it enough to depose Intel from their gaming throne?
Since Redfall is not very demanding on graphics cards, I recommend getting a processor with at least 3 cores. This will help avoid FPS dips. The most popular processors fall between the cracks here – Core i3/i5/i7, Ryzen 3/5/7, etc.
So what should you look for? An excellent place to start is by considering one of these CPUs:
- i3-1005G1 – minimum recommended processor
- i5-10300H – perfect for mid-range gaming rigs and laptops with a 144Hz display
- i7-11850H – best option for 4K and high refresh rate displays
- any 3+ core processor will do fine for Fortnite, though Intel has an edge over AMD in 1% lows and minimum FPS in CPU-bound games (if you care about such metrics)
- i3/i5/i7 and Ryzen 3/5/7 are good starting points for choosing a processor for Fortnite
Major The right memory
While the recommended RAM is 16 GB, there are still gamers who want to get the best performance possible and can afford it.
Minimum (8 GB)
First of all, I should mention that you could get away buying an 8GB RAM laptop. Though that’s acceptable in a single situation – you’re on an uncomfortably tight budget, and you could upgrade the 8GB laptop with an extra RAM stick.
It’s a pity that Redfall doesn’t work well with a minimum of 8GB. We’re talking about a multiplayer-only game, which demands from the laptop every bit of its power. If you don’t have enough memory for it – there’s no point in buying this particular machine. Just get a cheaper one and add some more RAM.
Recommended (16 GB)
If you aren’t in this situation – stick with 16 GB. That’s the sweet spot for gaming, work, and everything in-between. I might consider 32 GB to be more future-oriented than 16 GB, but if you don’t particularly care whether you’re ahead of the pack or not – 16 GB is still a considerable amount of memory for most.
In Redfall, it will provide plenty of headroom to open multiple tabs in Chrome or have Spotify playing at the same time as the game while staying nice and responsive. More importantly – it has been specifically designed to minimize stuttering even when loading new data from memory. Plus, 16GB is still pretty affordable these days, so investing into that will not break your bank either!
Best (32 GB)
If you’re reading this, chances are you care about playing Redfall to the fullest. That’s where 32GB will come in handy. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, want to be able to run multiple games at once, or have the intention of streaming your gameplay – go for it!
I have one machine with 16GB and another with 32GB. I do not regret my decision at all – it’s made my life easier.
- get 16GB if you’re on a tight budget and can upgrade later, get 32GB if you want to stay ahead of the curve and don’t mind paying extra
- do not buy Redfall if your laptop has less than 8GB RAM
Optional requirements for a Redfall laptop
Optional How to choose the right display for playing Redfall?
What about Redfall? Is it 4k? Nah. For games like Redfall, Full HD will suffice. You can’t go wrong with FHD. And if you’re an expert – I’d even recommend TN for lower input latency. But the trade-off is in color accuracy and viewing angles. So if you’re an expert who can discern between TN and IPS – IPS is your best bet. But if you’re an average player who wants to enjoy Redfall in all its glory – you should probably just go for FHD IPS.
There’s no need to obsess over refresh rates in Redfall. What about 144Hz? 240Hz? Eh, not really worth it for this game – I wouldn’t want to miss out on other features just to get that overhyped advantage over my opponents. Save your money for something else! Unless you’re playing competitively, in which case high refresh rates are worth the investment! But if you’re not – I’d advise against getting a high refresh rate display. You might be better off with a low refresh rate display (60Hz) and saving up for something else that’s more useful for Redfall gameplay.
Response time has little impact on this game’s performance, so feel free to go with what you think looks good on your eyes!
- Redfall is not very demanding, so FHD is enough for the game
- high refresh rates aren’t worth it for Redfall
- Response time has little impact on Redfall gameplay, so choose what looks good on your eyes!
Optional How to choose the right storage for playing Redfall?
Is HDD an option?
HDDs are never a good idea for Redfall. You might think that’s not that bad – it’s not like it requires the fastest storage in the world. Well, it does need a lot of space. 50GB is the minimum requirement, and in my experience, 100GB is plenty for most people. It doesn’t sound like much but when you consider how many patches come out each week – they’ll quickly take up your entire hard drive. That’s why I recommend at least a 500GB SSD, with 1TB being preferable if you can afford it.
What can we expect at every price range? At entry-level pricing ($500) we’re looking at 256 GB SSDs with just enough space to play Redfall without any updates or DLC. You’ll need to get used to the constant load screens though, so this might not be the best solution if you’re playing on-the-go.
For $1000+, we’ve got more than enough options with 512 GB and 1 TB SSDs with all necessary specs for flawless performance of Redfall on your machine.
If you can’t afford it, I’ll remind you that hard drives are also an option, but they should be of the same size as your SSD.
I’ve had my share of upgrades, and I’ll tell you one thing – it’s always worth it. Laptops are designed to be easily upgradable, and the space for storage expansion is right there in front of you. That’s not to say that it’s easy – you’ll need to take out a dozen screws, pull out your old drive, plug in a new one, then put everything back together. But if the worst comes to worst – all your data is backed up on the cloud anyway, so at least you won’t lose any progress.
If you’re looking for recommendations – here’s TL;DR; version:
- 256 GB SSDs with limited free space will need constant loading screens
- 512 GB SSDs are just enough for most people with space for some updates and DLCs
- If you’re on a budget or have no need for additional space, 500GB SSDs will suffice with 500GB HDDs as
- HDD is never a good idea for Redfall (especially at entry level pricing)
- For optimal performance, you’ll need an SSD with 500GB+ storage and fast enough read/write speeds (550MB/s+)
- If you’re on a budget or have no need for additional space, 500GB SSDs will suffice with 500GB HDDs as backup storage
5 Best Laptops for Redfall
Pros and cons
- Up to scratch processor (i5-10200H)
- Awesome graphics card (RTX 3050)
- Mediocre memory amount (8GB)
- Weighty (4.1 lbs)
- Exceptional display (15.6 IPS HDR Touch)
- Fair memory amount (16GB)
- Unexceptional processor (i7-9850H)
- Up to the mark processor (Ryzen 5 4600H)
- Featherweight (4.4 lbs)
- Unremarkable graphics card (GTX 1650)
- Ordinary memory amount (8GB)
Pros and cons
- Awesome processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
- Good graphics card (RTX 3050 Ti)
- No IPS Panel (subpar viewing angles)
Pros and cons
- Terrific processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
- Superb memory amount (128GB)
- Heavy (5.4 lbs)
- No IPS Panel (inferior color reproduction)
Pros and cons
- First-class processor (Ryzen 9 5900HS)
- Awesome graphics card (RTX 3070)
- Excellent display (15.6 240Hz IPS)
- Solid memory amount (64GB)
- Underwhelming processor (i7-12700H)
- Not the best graphics card (RTX 3060)
- Superb display (17.3 240Hz IPS)
- Superb memory amount (64GB)
- Not the best graphics card (RTX 3060)
Pros and cons
- Superb processor (i9-11950H)
- First-class graphics card (RTX 3080)
Table of Best Laptops for Redfall
|Dell XPS 9710||$1140|
|Dell XPS 9710||$1410|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus||$2260|
|Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen||$3650|