This might come as a surprise, but Project Winter isn’t another multiplayer online battle arena. Nor is it an intense FPS or survival game. Instead, it is an intense 8-player multiplayer game focused on social deception and survival. This particular part of the paragraph applies to every game I’ve covered in this guide – but that’s not important right now. What’s important is that most of these games are pretty resource-intensive. Even if I was covering Dead by Daylight – a mostly graphics-focused horror game – you’d still need at least an average gaming laptop to get the most out of it. Fortunately, there are two games in my list with comparatively lower system requirements. First up – Project Winter. So, let’s find and compare the best gaming laptops and budget options for playing Project Winter lag-free and stutter-free.
- Project Winter is not another MOBA game, but rather a multiplayer social deception game focused on survival
- Most of these games are pretty resource intensive, but there are two games in my list with comparatively lower system requirements (Project Winter and Dead by Daylight)
Requirements for a Project Winter laptop
Major The right graphics card
Project Winter doesn’t require a powerful GPU. But, it’s a good idea to have a good GPU for playing Project Winter, so I’ve compiled my graphics card recommendations with that in mind. As always, I’ve split the article into 3 sections – bare minimum, recommend, and best graphics cards for playing Project Winter. I hope this is helpful.
Minimum graphics (under $400)
The first step to getting started with Project Winter is to pick up an entry-level NVIDIA GeForce MX450 or comparable graphics card. The MX450 should be able to run the game at 20-30 FPS on low settings. Just don’t expect to play any other games on this card because it will struggle with them.
Recommended graphics ($400 – $800)
A better video card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. The GeForce GTX 1650 will be able to run Project Winter at 60 FPS on high settings and still be able to play other games with low visual settings.
Best graphics ($800 and up)
If you want the best graphics card for playing Project Winter, go for a GeForce RTX 3050 or 2060. These cards will have no problem running not only this game at max settings.
- entry level cards are not ideal for Project Winter, but are OK if you can’t afford anything better
- GTX 1650 is a good graphics card for playing Project Winter on high settings and for playing other games on low settings
- RTX 3050/2060 are the best graphics cards for playing Project Winter on max settings and for playing other games on high settings
Major How to choose the right processor for Project Winter?
When it comes to playing Project Winter, your choice of CPU is pretty irrelevant. You don’t need a power-hungry CPU like Core i7 for this game, and you can even get away with an AMD Ryzen 3. It’ll do the job just fine.
As mentioned before, Project Winter doesn’t require a powerful CPU – but there are other factors to consider. For example, you should pay attention to the clock speed of your processor. If it’s below 2.3GHz, you’re better off upgrading to something with a higher clock speed or just get an AMD Ryzen 3.
The same applies to Intel Core i3 processors – they should be at least 2.4GHz or higher to run Project Winter well enough. I recommend Intel Core i3-1115G4 if you want the most bang for your buck in terms of raw performance – or go for Intel Core i7-10610U if you want something more powerful and expensive (but worth it).
If I had to recommend one specific CPU, I’d say that the Intel Core i7-10610U is one of the best choices for playing Project Winter on any laptop.
- CPU choice is irrelevant for Project Winter
- get an Intel Core i3/Ryzen 3 processor if your CPU is below 2.3GHz or 2.4GHz
Major Choosing the right memory for Project Winter
It’s always best to have more RAM than you need. Project Winter is not an exception to this rule.
Some games are demanding on RAM, some are not. Some will require 4GB, some 8GB, and some will even ask for 16GB. It’s best to be prepared for all of these scenarios, which is why it’s always best to have more RAM than you need. Project Winter is not an exception to this rule.
Minimum (8 GB)
Though the game has a recommended requirement of 4GB, I would say that 8GB is still enough for most gamers who play the game. Though you might need more if you plan on multitasking with multiple tabs open in Chrome or streaming your gameplay on Twitch – in which case, 16 GB would be the better option.
Recommended (16 GB)
I recommend 16 GB as the minimum amount of RAM needed for Project Winter – that way you’ll have enough memory if you ever want to stream your gameplay or open multiple Chrome tabs while playing the game at the same time. 16 GB will also let you play without any hiccups should you ever decide to load up multiple games at once – which I find handy when my friend has a game they want me to try out and I want to keep my progress in Project Winter at the same time.
- if you want to play Project Winter, get 8 GB, but 16 GB is better
- more RAM is better than less RAM (because multitasking)
- if you want to stream your gameplay or open multiple Chrome tabs while playing the game, get 16 GB
- if you want to load up multiple games at once, get 16 GB
Optional requirements for a Project Winter laptop
Optional Storage for Project Winter
What is an SSD?
An SSD is a type of memory storage for a computer. It’s like your PC’s hard drive, but it’s different because it has no moving parts. And because there are no moving parts, it’s way faster than a regular hard drive and more durable. You can’t fit as much data on an SSD as you can on a regular hard drive though.
Picking the right SSD size
There are two main things to think about when picking the right size for your SSD: how much data you want to store and how fast you want your computer to be. If you don’t need a lot of space and you want to make sure your PC runs as fast as possible, then go with the smallest SSD that will fit your needs (probably 128 GB). If you want lots of space and you don’t care about how fast your PC runs, then get the largest SSD that will fit your budget (probably 1 TB).
You should be able to upgrade later if you buy a laptop with room for an extra M.2 slot and if the manufacturer doesn’t void your warranty for upgrading. But if they do void your warranty for upgrading, I would suggest buying a laptop that will last at least 2 years so that by the time you want to upgrade, prices will have come down and there will be more options available to choose from.
- an SSD is a type of memory storage for a computer
- an SSD is faster than a regular hard drive and more durable, but it’s not as big or cheap
- you can upgrade later if you buy a laptop with room for an extra M.2 slot and if the manufacturer doesn’t void your warranty for upgrading
Optional What’s the best display for playing Project Winter?
If you’re looking for the best laptop for playing Project Winter, I’ll tell you upfront – you’ll need to invest in a quality display. It’s not as simple as upgrading your processor or RAM. You see, Project Winter is not the most demanding game in terms of framerate. What it does need is a laptop with a high-quality IPS display. But before we dive into the specifics, let’s discuss what makes an IPS display different from other panel types.
TN is the cheapest type of display – it can be found in budget laptops. TN displays are generally unimpressive, but they come with an advantage: fast response time. And that’s just what gamers want! IPS displays are far more expensive and generally more colorful than TN displays. But these traits do not provide an edge over TN displays when it comes to games like Project Winter – where low latency is preferred over vivid colors and contrast.
This is the one metric where TN panels excel. But if you want a high-quality IPS display – it’s going to cost you.
- if you want to play Project Winter, you’ll need a high-quality IPS display
- it’s not as simple as upgrading your processor or RAM
- TN displays are generally unimpressive, but they come with an advantage: fast response time
- IPS displays are far more expensive and generally more colorful than TN displays
- TN displays excel at low latency, but IPS displays provide a better image quality at a higher price point
5 Best Laptops for Project Winter
Pros and cons
- Decent processor (i5-10200H)
- Great graphics card (RTX 3050)
- Ordinary memory amount (8GB)
- Weighty (4.1 lbs)
- Great display (15.6 IPS HDR Touch)
- Up to scratch memory amount (16GB)
- Middle-of-the-road processor (i7-9850H)
Pros and cons
- Decent processor (Ryzen 5 5600H)
- Decent memory amount (32GB)
- Average graphics card (GTX 1650)
- Superb graphics card (RTX 3060)
- Awesome display (15.6 144Hz IPS-level)
- Middle-of-the-road processor (i5-10500H)
- Unremarkable memory amount (16GB)
- Competent processor (Ryzen 5 5600H)
- Decent memory amount (32GB)
- Middle-of-the-road graphics card (GTX 1650)
Pros and cons
- Splendid processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
- Decent graphics card (RTX 3050 Ti)
- No IPS Panel (worse contrast)
- Adequate graphics card (RTX 3050 Ti)
- Up to scratch display (15.6 144Hz IPS)
- Ordinary processor (i7-11370H)
- Not the best memory amount (32GB)
- Great processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
- First-class memory amount (128GB)
- Heavy (5.4 lbs)
- No IPS Panel (subpar viewing angles)
Pros and cons
- First-class processor (i7-11800H)
- Up to scratch graphics card (RTX 3060)
- Weighty (5.1 lbs)
- Very good display (15.6 240Hz IPS)
- Splendid memory amount (64GB)
- Ordinary processor (i7-12700H)
- Not the best graphics card (RTX 3060)
- Solid display (17.3 240Hz IPS)
- First-class memory amount (64GB)
- Underwhelming graphics card (RTX 3060)
Table of Best Laptops for Project Winter
|HP Pavilion 15||$770|
|Lenovo Legion 5||$960|
|Dell XPS 9710||$1140|
|Acer Predator Helios 300||$1840|