Gaming laptops have a reputation for being hot and loud, but should they? The short answer is no, the longer answer is yes.
Read this article to clear all your doubts about why gaming laptops get so hot.
What Causes A Laptop To Heat Up?
Laptops heat up for many reasons, the main reason being the heat output of the device. See, Laptops tend to be compact and have limited space to fit all the processing components as compared to desktops. There is a huge difference in how each component consumes power, so when you try to complete heavy tasks that require a lot of computing power – such as loading a video game or running video editing software, your Laptop temperature can rise significantly. The internal fans will try to cool everything down, but your laptop may still get very hot and start to malfunction.
When measuring the device’s heat intensity, you will usually see two values – ‘ranges’ and ‘loads’. The ranges measure the idle temperatures of your device and the loads measure what your laptop’s temperature is at maximum load.
Laptops that run hotter will implement additional means of cooling, such as fans and heatsinks, to try to keep the device from overheating. These cooling mechanisms often cause the laptop to be excessively loud as well.
Possible causes of laptop overheating include dust blocking the intake grille or exhaust port, a clogged fan, or degenerating thermal paste or thermal pads..
Why Should You Care?
The heat output of your device is an important thing to keep in mind. When taken too far, the heat may cause the device to either reduce performance drastically or even damage the physical components of the laptop. Such as your battery, CPU, etc.
Some gaming laptops can get so hot that the battery begins to bulge and may even cause damage to other components on your device.
How To Cool Down Laptop While Gaming
Invest in a Laptop Cooler or Cooling Pad
If your laptop gets too hot while playing games, buying a Cooling Pad can be of great help to you. As you know, as laptops start to heat up, other problems start cropping up along with the rising temperature.
Laptop coolers provide additional cooling to the laptop. This is not always the case. If you get the wrong cooler can actually make the problem worse.
Watch the video above to learn how to buy the right cooling pad. You should understand the airflow of your laptop. Which type of cooling pad will work best for you depends on the flow of air in and out of your laptop.
If your laptop has an intake grille at the bottom, buy a cooler that moves cool air upwards into the laptop. You can also get a passive cooler that doesn’t consume electricity and only absorbs heat.
Don’t Block Exhaust Vents:
There are a few ways you can reduce excess heat, such as keeping your device away from heat-producing appliances and ensuring that your vents aren’t covered by papers or books.
Also, keep in mind that gaming laptops are not designed to be used on your lap, so do try to use them on a desk or table whenever possible.
Clean your Laptop
There are various other means of cooling down your device that you can perform, such as cleaning out the dust using a compressed air duster.
Older laptops often accumulate a thick layer of dust, which makes the cooling system work less efficiently. The temperature goes up dramatically when the cooling fins and ventilation grilles are covered.
To keep the air flowing freely, you need to clean laptop fans at least once a year.
Unless you know what you’re doing, research your laptop exclusively. Dust can be removed from inside the laptop with cotton swabs, a vacuum cleaner with thin attachments, or, best of all, by using a little compressed air. Watch the video to learn how to clean your laptop.
There is no way to prevent your gaming laptop from absorbing dust. If you don’t want to clean your laptop by yourself you can take your laptop to a nearby laptop repair shop and he’ll charge small fees to clean your laptop for you.
Don’t Run Too Many Programs
It is always good practice to terminate all unnecessary background running processes. You can read more about how to speed up your laptop guide here.
When you run a lot of tasks it is obvious that CPU and GPU need to do heavy work to complete all the tasks. The temperature of the hardware is directly related to its load.
That’s why it is advised to close the programs running in the background. Especially when you start high-performance applications such as games, video editing, or photo editing software.
Every process consumes the memory of your laptop, for example, you can take google chrome, if you have an old laptop then you cannot open any other application with chrome because chrome requires a lot of memory And the laptop starts lagging.
One way you can reduce the heat output of your laptop is by enabling a power management setting called ‘Intel(R) C-STATE’. You can find this setting by opening your device’s control panel, launching the power options menu, and clicking on ‘change plan settings’ for either your battery or plugged-in options. There should be a setting somewhere here that allows you to change the maximum processor state. We recommend this for gaming laptops.
Please note that this may have an effect on battery life, so do keep that in mind if you’re planning on using your laptop unplugged.
Some new laptops also have a special setting called ‘Turbo Boost’, which is often found in the BIOS of your device (accessed by hitting the F2 or F12 key as your device boots up). This setting will allow you to manually control how much power is used when your laptop reaches the maximum load.
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