5 best laptops for CS:GO

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What are the best laptops for CS:GO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still the point of reference when it comes to FPS gaming. It’s an incredible fast-moving action game that tests the player’s skills to the max.

However, you will need optimal conditions if you want to show your skills and now spend half of the time waiting for a respawn. At large, the best laptops for CS: Go will be the ones that provide the highest framerates and don’t have lag.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive laptop requirements

According to the official website, the CS:GO has the following minimum requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 15 GB available space

However, that configuration is not going to get you past 60 FPS. If you want to get over 100 FPS you will need a more powerful processor, 4 GB of RAM (or 8GB to be safe) and a graphics card with at least 512 MB of dedicated memory.

Moreover, you will need a display capable of more than 120 Hz of refresh rate.

What are the best laptops for CS:GO?

Acer Nitro 5

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H CPU
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • Battery life is not the best

Acer Nitro 5 is a 15-inch laptop that ticks almost all the boxes for CS:GO. It’s powered by 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H up to 4.1 GHz and comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The device has 8 GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD. You will be able to game as hard as you want thanks to the dual fans and the Acer Coolboost technology.

The only downside is the IPS display that is not ideal for high-speed gaming but it will do just fine.


Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6
  • 10th Gen Intel i5-10300H quad-core CPU
  • 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD
  • 120 Hz refresh rate display
  • Could use a storage expansion

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 has everything you need in order to play CS:GO in perfect condition, starting with the 120Hz display, and the 10th Gen Intel i5-10300H quad-core processor.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB of GDDR6 video memory is perfect for this game and if you add the 8GB RAM you will get to the perfect configuration for CS:GO.

The 256GB of SSD storage is on par for a few new games but you could use an upgrade in that department.


Alienware m15

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Max-Q
  • 300 Hz refresh rate
  • Intel Core i7 8750H 2.2 to 4.1 gigahertz (6 Cores)
  • Chroma RGB lighting
  • Pretty expensive laptop

If you want to stay in the front seat when you’re playing CS:GO or even the newest games, Alienware m15 will be like a racecar on the street.

The 300-nits 72% color gamut display has a refresh rate of 300 Hz so it’s perfect for fast-paced gaming. The laptop boasts an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, a great graphics card that will run CS:GO like a charm.  

The laptop doesn’t have a great battery, but you can’t really expect that from a high-power laptop.


ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim

  • 144Hz IPS Type
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max Q
  • 16GB DDR4 and 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Military-grade metal chassis
  • Light screen bleeding

The ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim is another beast laptop that is overkill for CS:GO. However, you can look at it as a further investment for playing all the new hot games.

This laptop is not only extremely powerful but it’s also very slim and lightweight that comes with a GTX 1070 GPU. The display has a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

In addition, this rig is powered by a 3.9 GHz Core i7 processor and 16 GB RAM.


  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050Ti 4G GDDR5
  • 8GB DDR4 2400MHz
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, USB-A 2.0 port
  • 1TB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane
  • IPS screen

This is a 15.6-inch laptop that comes with a reasonable price and a good configuration fit for playing CS:GO in very good conditions. The only downside is the screen which is an IPS LCD display. MSI GV62 is powered by a 2.3 GHz i5-8300H processor.

Going further, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics comes with 4GB GDDR5 dedicated VRAM which is perfectly good for this game. Moreover, the 8 GB of RAM is just what you need. You can also expand it to 32 GB if you want.


This was our list with the best laptops for CS:GO. Some of them are ready for even more demanding games. Tell us which one you chose with a comment in the dedicated section below.

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