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Best Gaming Laptops for Football Manager 2020

Best Gaming Laptops for Football Manager 2020
It is that time of the year when the new iteration of Football Manager is released. Football Manager 2020 (FM 2020) promises to be another great entry to the series that brings a host of new features. Thankfully, the latest offering still has manageable system requirements which is a sigh of relief for fans of the series. We will explore different laptop options at different price points that can run FM 2020 at either maximum or adjusted settings.

What to consider in a laptop for playing FM2020?

It has been established that FM 2020 is not a resource intensive game. This means that it should work well on older laptops as well. That being said, as the laptop grows older, its performance drops below its specifications. It would not be out of the ordinary to experience a few minor issues like the occasional lag when playing FM 2020 on an older system. If you want to further research whether your laptop can run FM 2020 smoothly or not, you may want to consider the aspects discussed below.

Many feel that the graphics card is the main factor for successfully running a game on a system. In the case of FM 2020, it plays a significant role only if you plan to play FM 2020 in 3D. The graphic cards is responsible for rendering the 3D objects and their related animations. Most laptops either offer a dedicated graphic card, from companies like AMD and NVidia, or an integrated card which maybe from Intel. In the newer models of laptops, the integrated cards are more than capable of running FM 2020 while older laptops, from 3-4 years back, with dedicated cards should be able to run the game well.

The processor is another equally important parameter when it comes to running games on the laptop. In the long run, an Intel i5 or above from a recent generation would be good enough to remain usable for a few years down the line. It is the processor that offers the integrated graphic card chip so from the processor specs, you can give insight about the available integrated card as well.

RAM mostly comes into play for FM 2020 if you plan to multitask while playing FM 2020. FM 2020 has modest RAM requirements which means that older laptops which normally came with a 4 GB RAM should handle the game well. In this day and age, 8 GB RAM is a decent option that can manage moderate multitasking while playing FM 2020. If you plan to run a RAM hungry app while playing FM 2020 then 16 GB RAM maybe recommended.

One optional factor to consider while looking at the specifications is the presence of a SSD. SSDs are normally found in higher end laptops as they are expensive in comparison to HDDs. The only benefit that you get for having a SSD is that FM 2020 would load quicker when it is launched from a SSD. Other than that, the gaming experience would pretty much be the same as the one you may have on a HDD.

Football Manage 2020 - System Requirements

As reiterated earlier, the below requirements show that FM 2020 can run on the majority of recent laptops.

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    • FM20 Minimum System Requerments
      • OS Windows 7 (SP1), 8/8.1, 10 (Update 1803/April 2018 or later) – 64-bit
        CPU Intel Pentium 4 (64-bit), Intel Core 2 or AMD Athlon 64 – 2.2 GHz +
        RAM At least 2 GB RAM
        Graphics Intel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB VRAM
FM 2020 is a great option as a laptop game because it does not consume a lot of resources. It is a common problem with graphic intensive games that they cause laptops to overheat. With FM 2020, you will not face such problems and you can manage to have an extensive FM 2020 session without any overheating.

Below is a list of possible laptops you can buy in different price brackets.

Cheap Laptops For Football Manager 2020 (Under £400)

All of the laptops below are below £400.00. They should all run the game just fine with minimal in-game lag. Some settings can be tweaked in-game to lower the graphics processing usage, which will also help with performance.

Recommended optimal setup for your save with these laptops should be no more than 2-3 playable leagues combined with a large database.

Computer CPU RAM Storage Graphics Price
2019 Asus Vivobook F510QA
2.7 GHz AMD A Series8GB1TBAMD Radeon R7 Graphics View On Amazon
Acer 2019 Aspire E5
2.2 GHz Intel Core i34GB1TB HDDIntel HD Graphics 620 View On Amazon
Dell 3850 (renewed)
Intel Core i3-6006 2.0GHz Dual Core Processor4GB500GB HDDIntel HD Graphics 520 View On Amazon
HP 15 15.6" HD Touchscreen Business Laptop

3.1 GHz AMD A Series8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4256.00 SSDAMD R5 View On Amazon
Lenovo Ideapad S340

1.6 GHz Intel Core i54GB128 GB SSDIntegrated View On Amazon

Best Laptops For Football Manager 2020 (Under £700)

If you want a computer with a little more power behind it and a computer that won't need to be upgraded in a couple of years, consider these laptops with a budget between £400-£700.

These laptops will easily run a save of 5-10 playable leagues combined with large player database. Also your graphic detail can run the 3D match engine in the highest quality.

Computer CPU RAM Storage Graphics Price
HP 17 17.3 Inch HD+ Premium Business Laptop

1.6 GHz Intel Core i516 GB SO-DIMM DDR4256 GB SSD+1TB HDDIntegrated Intel UHD Graphicshttps://amzn.to/2VywWBZ View On Amazon
Dell G3

Intel Core i5-8300H Processor8GB500 GB HDD 5400 rpmNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI View On Amazon

8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H processor8GB256GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB View On Amazon
Dell G5

2.3 GHz Intel Core i58GB1TB HDDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 View On Amazon
Lenovo L340

2.1 GHz Intel Core i316GB1TBIntel UHD Graphics 620 View On Amazon

High-End Laptops For Football Manage 2020 (Under £1,200)

High-End laptops are beast machines that can run most games well. You won't struggle to run Football Manager 2020 at all with any of these machines since they are finely tuned to run intensive graphical games.

Optimal setup, play the game with all the leagues and all the players loaded without any issues. 3D match engine will also run smoothly.

Computer CPU RAM Storage Graphics Price
ASUS ROG Zephyrus

3.9 GHz Intel Core i716GB512 GB Hybrid DriveNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 View On Amazon
Sager NP8957

2.6 GHz Intel Core i716GB500 GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 View On Amazon
Alienware AW15R3

3.8 GHz Intel Core i716 GB DDR SDRAM1000 GB Hybrid DriveNVIDIA GTX 1070 View On Amazon
Asus Zenbook

4 GHz Intel Core i716GB1 TB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max Q Design View On Amazon
Lenovo Y7000

2.2 GHz Intel Core i716GB256GB SSDNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 View On Amazon

Our recommended laptops for FM20

Let's take an in-depth look at some of the laptops we've listed on this page. Here we'll discuss the advantages of using these laptops when playing Football Manager 2020.

These are the three laptops that we recommend and some use for playing ourselves.


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    • Laptop Specs
      • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
        Storage 256 GB SSD
        RAM 8 GB RAM
        Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
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The Asus TUF FX504 is a powerful upper mid-range laptop that will satisfy even the more demanding users. Your FM 2020 should run on the highest settings with ease on this laptop. The GTX 1050 is powerful enough to render FM20 at a high framerate, so you shall have a smooth experience of the 3D match engine. Moreover, the presence of the SSD would mean that the game would load quickly as well, even with all the custom graphics added to the game, such as player faces.

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Dell G5

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    • Laptop Specs
      • CPU- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H
        Storage 1TB HDD + 128GB Solid State Drive
        RAM 8GB DDR4 at 2666MHz
        Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
        Price View on Amazon

The Dell G5 is a great option for gaming in general and, as expected, it does a pretty good job of running FM 2020. The GTX 1050 Ti is more than capable of handling the graphics of FM 2020. On the other hand, the presence of 8GB RAM means that you can even run other applications in the background while playing FM 2020

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Lenovo L340

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    • Laptop Specs
      • CPU 8th Generation Intel Dual Core i3-8345U
        Storage 1TB HDD
        RAM 16GB DDR4 RAM
        Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
        Price View on Amazon

The L340 is a relatively low priced laptop that can run FM 2020 with ease. The 16 GB RAM is more than enough for running FM 2020 along with a couple of apps in the background. Since it has an integrated graphics card and it basically borrows memory from the RAM, the 16 GB is an ample amount that ensures that the leftover RAM is more than enough.

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Our selection of the best gaming laptops for Football Manager 2020. Sorted in three categories, low, middle, and high-end budget laptops to run FM20.
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