Choosing Laptop for Lost Ark (Spring, 2022)

Lost Ark Although it is relatively new, Lost Ark has already attracted the attention of many gamers with its intense and dynamic gameplay. The game also features complex character customization and unique combat system. It was fully released in the South Korean region on December 4, 2019. And now the game is released in European and North American regions on February 11, 2022.

For 500 years Arkesia and its people have enjoyed peace. They believed that the war between gods and demons that tore their world apart was a legend, or maybe a fairy tale. But with darkness poised to return, they realize that The Ark is their only hope.

In Lost Ark, there is something for everyone. Choose from a variety of advanced classes and swap between them as you please to change up your playstyle and experience different content. Explore seven continents, hundreds of islands, and all the seas in-between. Encounter interesting cultures, befriend or battle amazing creatures, and dive deep into the game’s immersive lore.

But enough of that, our main mission today is to help you find the best laptop to get the smoothest possible experience without breaking the bank!

TL;DR
  • Lost Ark is a dynamic action MMORPG with unique combat system and complex character customization
  • There is something for everyone – from advanced classes to swapping between them and exploring the world of Arkesia
  • Also check out my spreasheet where I compared 100 laptops in detail!

Requirements for a Lost Ark laptop

Major Processor

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While graphics cards are what gamers often focus on, they are not the only component that affects your gameplay. CPUs matter too! And with Lost Ark being a multiplayer online game, this means FPS matters.

The question is – how much does it matter? If you’re someone who’s always looking for that extra edge, then investing in a [high-end processor](a benchmark) would be wise. Otherwise, it won’t be worth the price tag.

And what about mid-range processors? For Lost Ark, you can get away with anything between an Intel Core i3/AMD Ryzen 3 and Inte Core i5/AMD Ryzen 5 without compromising your experience too much. The frame rate will be stable enough and any lag or stutter should be imperceptible to the human eye.

Of course, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution – so let’s take a look at other specs and see if we can’t find the perfect fit for you.

Requirements

Lost Ark is a multiplayer online game and thus relies on two core features: connectivity and graphics quality. Connectivity is not so much of an issue nowadays (given the ubiquity of Wi-Fi), but graphics quality still plays a key role in our experience. To this end, you’ll need to invest in a decent GPU. That leaves us with CPU as the 2nd most important component.

How demanding is Lost Ark? The answer lies in your connection speed: while you’ll need at least 20mbps for smooth gameplay (though not all games require such speeds), you’ll need 40mbps for stable framerate (120fps). Luckily, even if your connection speed falls below these thresholds, chances are your CPU will still hold up thanks to Lost Ark’s light requirements on it.

In short – don’t go overkill on your CPU if you’re looking to play Lost Ark casually or semi-competitively. In this case, Intel Core i5/AMD Ryzen 5 would suffice just fine.

Recommendations

In summary, here are my recommendations when choosing a laptop for playing Lost Ark:

  • Intel Core i3-1115G4 – Minimum requirement
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 – Ideal processor for most scenarios
  • Any Core i7 will be [more than enough](a chart with all processor options)
TL;DR
  • Don’t buy a high-end processor for Lost Ark unless you plan on gaming competitively
  • You can get away with a Core i3/Ryzen 3 processor if you’re looking to play casually
  • Core i5 or Ryzen 5 will bring you the smoothest experience

Major Graphics card

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As isn’t the case with most of the games on the market, Lost Ark doesn’t require anything more than a midrange graphics card. But if you want to make use of higher resolutions, then you’re going to need a better GPU. For that, I’ve created two lists – one for people who can spend around $1000, and another for those with $1600+ to spend.

Minimum graphics

Honestly, integrated graphics is just not an option. Lost Ark is not demanding enough to need at least a low-end, but dedicated graphics card. If your budget is really tight – go with something like GTX 1650. If you insist on playing on higher resolutions, you’ll need to look further.

Recommended graphics

For those with around $1000 to spend, I recommend GTX 1660 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5600M. Both cards will do well at 60 FPS on high settings with Full HD resolution. On higher resolutions like 1440p or 4K, these cards might struggle to maintain framerates above 30 FPS.

Best graphics

If you’re willing to spend upwards of $1600, there are many more options open to you. A great option would be RTX 3060 which will do well at 60 FPS on high settings with Full HD resolution. If you want even more power, go for RTX 3070 which does very well at over 100 FPS on highest resolution – but expect a premium price tag in return for this privilege.

TL;DR
  • If your budget is super tight – go for GTX 1650 (or 1650 Ti)
  • Sweet spot for most of you is RTX 3060. It will not only handle Lost Ark, but also many other modern games.
  • If you can afford that – go with RTX 3070. That might be an overkill for Lost Ark, but will definitely help with more demanding games

Major Memory

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This game has much less demanding memory requirements than most other games. 8 GB is enough for Lost Ark, but I do recommend getting 16 GB to have a little more headroom for the future.

When it comes to RAM, Lost Ark is a rather unique case. In most games, the amount of RAM has a huge impact on performance and visuals. In Lost Ark, this is not the case. It has much less demanding memory requirements than most other games. 8 GB will be enough, but I do recommend getting 16 GB for better future-proof.

TL;DR
  • Lost Ark is one of the games with low memory requirements, so 8 GB will be enough
  • If you care about future upgrades, get 16 GB of RAM instead

Optional requirements for a Lost Ark laptop

9 Best Laptops for Lost Ark

MSI GF63035

1
N/A
Price
$670
i5-10200H | RTX 3050 | 8 GB RAM | 256 GB SSD | 15.6″ IPS Touch; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Sufficient processor (i5-10200H)
  • Great graphics card (RTX 3050)
Cons
  • Unexceptional memory amount (8GB)

HP Pavilion 15

2
N/A
Price
$760
Ryzen 5 4600H | GTX 1650 | 8 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 15.6″ IPS; 1920×1080

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325EA-DS51

3
N/A
Price
$890
i5-1135G7 | GTX 1650 | 8 GB RAM | 256 GB SSD | 13.3″ OLED; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • First-class graphics card (GTX 1650)
  • Featherweight (2.4 lbs)
Cons
  • Average processor (i5-1135G7)
  • Average memory amount (8GB)

GIGABYTE G5 KC

4
N/A
Price
$1200
i5-10500H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Competent processor (i5-10500H)
  • Great graphics card (RTX 3060)
Alternatives
$970
Acer Nitro 5
Pros
  • Decent processor (i5-11400H)
  • Dedicated graphics card (GTX 1650)
Cons
  • Weighty (4.8 lbs)

MSI GF65 Thin

5
N/A
Price
$1460
i7-10750H | RTX 3060 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Decent graphics card (RTX 3060)
  • Huge memory amount (32GB)

Asus ROG Strix G17

6
Lost Ark laptop under $1500
Price
$1480
Ryzen 7 4800H | RTX 3060 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 17.3″ 144Hz IPS; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Very good processor (Ryzen 7 4800H)
  • Sufficient graphics card (RTX 3060)

GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED

7
Fantastic value
Price
$1600
i7-11800H | RTX 3070 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ AMOLED; 3840×2160
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Very good processor (i7-11800H)
  • Terrific graphics card (RTX 3070)
Cons
  • Run-of-the-mill memory amount (16GB)

GIGABYTE AORUS 17G XD-

8
Lost Ark laptop under $2000
Price
$1700
i7-11800H | RTX 3070 | 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 17.3″ 300Hz IPS; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Exceptional processor (i7-11800H)
  • Awesome graphics card (RTX 3070)
Cons
  • Underwhelming memory amount (16GB)

MSI Pulse GL66 RTX

9
N/A
Price
$1810
i7-11800H | RTX 3070 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Excellent processor (i7-11800H)
  • Splendid graphics card (RTX 3070)

Comparison spreadsheet

Here’s the link to my Lost Ark laptop comparison sheet. It contains all the information you need to make an informed decision about your next purchase.

Table of Best Laptops for Lost Ark

LaptopPrice (approx)
MSI GF63035$670
HP Pavilion 15$760
ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325EA-DS51$890
GIGABYTE G5 KC$1200
MSI GF65 Thin$1460
Asus ROG Strix G17$1480
GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED$1600
GIGABYTE AORUS 17G XD-$1700
MSI Pulse GL66 RTX$1810
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