Does your laptop overheat during gaming sessions? Thousands of gamers consider this as one of their biggest nightmares. With a player’s routine mostly consisting of hours-long matches,
it is only natural that the device would eventually heat up from all those intensive graphics being processed. This can be very dangerous as it can result in a short circuit and a destroyed motherboard which will cost you a fortune to repair or replace.
Unfortunately, with all laptops being built more compactly these days, heat management has been somewhat neglected by most manufacturers,
But not MSI! We at MSI have thought about efficient ways to deal with this issue and came up with several unique solutions for each series of our laptops – Cooler Boost 3 , Cooler Boost 4 and Cooler Boost 5 .
It is needless to say that these solutions will help you gaming laptop hardware components remain cool even during extended sessions.
However, casual gamers would also want their laptops to be at least a bit cooler than usual when playing games so we have included an extra fan for just this purpose – Cooler Boost 2 .
Now the only question left is where are all those controls? Well, MSI went one step ahead and made them easily accessible thanks to some easy-to-reach buttons on the side of your GS70 Stealth Pro. You can find more information about our cooling technologies by simply looking at the pictures below:
If you still doubt whether or not your current model has any of those features, go check out your product manual (which is hopefully provided by your retailer) or contact our support team. We will gladly answer all of your questions!
am pretty sure that a lot of people have been in the situation where playing a game on their laptop for more than 20 minutes causes them to close it because it gets way too hot.
Lots of laptops, actually most of the ones I have seen so far, come with an overheating warning message which is displayed when they get heated up to 80 degrees Celsius.
What actually causes gaming laptops to get hot? Well, there are many reasons for this but here are the top 5 reasons why gaming laptops overheat:
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Reasons, Signs, and How to Prevent it?
1) There is too much dust in the ventilation holes. This is probably one of the main sources of overheating your laptop.
As you use it more often over time, all the tiny particles that make up dirt and dust accumulate inside your laptop where they pass through the ventilation holes.
With time, these small holes which should allow heat to dissipate become completely blocked by dirt and dust particles which prevents them from doing their job properly – You should clean your ventilation holes every 2-3 month if you want to keep your laptop cool all the time.
2) Air flow is impaired. This can happen if you use your laptop with excessive external devices attached to it like usb drives and external hard drives. All of these will cause a blockage and might lead to overheating and damage.
Another reason why air flow becomes compromised is when we close our laptops on our laps, placing them in such way that airflow beneath the laptop gets blocked which causes even more heat build up. In this situation, using a cooling pad underneath the laptop would be helpful as it enables airflow from below as well as from above.
so even if those areas are blocked by something heavy for example, some hot air still remains inside the ventilation holes on top where they should have been able to escape freely without being obstructed. Unfortunately most gaming laptops don’t come with an external USB style cooling pad as a standard yet.
3) Using the wrong power adaptor for your laptop. In case you have recently purchased a new gaming laptop, make sure that the power adaptor you are using is compatible with it as some laptops require more amperage than others to charge their batteries and run on full power.
Using a power adaptor that is not compatible with your laptop might lead to overheating.
4) Smaller ventilation holes. This point ties in nicely with the first one I spoke about in this article – if you don’t take care of it properly, dirt and dust will accumulate inside your laptop which will block small ventilation holes so when they get blocked,
there is no way that all the hot air will be able to escape on time – resulting in overheating.
5) Running too many programs at once. Nowadays games are becoming more and more complicated with higher resolutions and larger game worlds which require high end laptops to run them smoothly without any lag or stuttering.
These heavy games might appear to be the most common ones that cause overheating but they are not – Most laptops today come with enough power to run them effortlessly.
What causes gaming laptops to get hot is actually software, not hardware! If you own a high end laptop which can easily play the latest games without any hiccup but still heats up after playing for about 30 minutes,
you should check the background programs you are running at the same time to make sure that they do not cause overheating.
Check for spyware and viruses inside your laptop as well by downloading free software like Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware or Spybot Search & Destroy.
Also, remember that playing games requires more power than just watching a Youtube video so always make sure to plug in your laptop when playing games so it can get enough power for smooth gameplay.
Disabling the Windows Aero theme will help too as this theme consumes more CPU memory on its own thus heating up your laptop even more.
If you are using Windows 7, try disabling some of the visual effects by going over to Personalize -> Window Color and Appearance. In the same window, click on Open classic appearance properties for more color options as well as other interesting visual effects that you can choose from.
6) Overheating CPU. This is a rare case but it happens especially if your laptop has been left powered on for a long time without being used – the CPU becomes so hot that it is unable to cool itself any further. This usually causes crashes or even permanent damage to your laptop.
7) Limitless gaming laptops (and other devices). Playing games on a separate device like Nintendo’s Wii U, Sony’s Playstation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One might be fun but it will cause your laptop to become hotter than usual.
This is because these consoles use laptops as the base for their gameplay and thus share similar hardware parts like video cards, graphic cards and processors which are not designed for heavy duty work.
If you own one of those gaming devices but want to play games on your laptop now and then, try changing the graphics settings back to low and turn off Depth of Field or Motion Blur effects to make sure that your game does not use more power than it should.
8) Overheating graphic cards (GPU). This is probably the most common reason for which laptops get hot. Since games are becoming more advanced with higher graphics, there isn’t really much you can do to prevent this kind of overheating.
9) Excessive dust on the vents. If you don’t clean your laptop once in a while, dirt and dust will accumulate inside it thus blocking ventilation holes through which hot air escapes – resulting in overheating. This is also one of the most common reasons for which gaming laptops get hot.
10) Overheating voltage regulators. This is also a rare case but sometimes the laptop’s circuitry can get so hot that it melts due to malfunctioning voltage regulators. If you ever encounter this problem, your laptop should definitely be repaired as soon as possible or else it might catch fire and become unusable.
11) Overheating battery. This is not an issue with gaming laptops but it is common for other laptops. If you barely use your laptop and it only gets charged once a month or so, its battery might get hot and become unusable due to the fact that there isn’t enough voltage going through it while its being charged.
12) Overheating motherboard. This problem will usually occur if your laptop has been dropped or spilled with a liquid. If you suspect this problem to be the cause of overheating, take your laptop to a repair shop as soon as possible so it can be fixed without causing any permanent damage. Moreover, this is definitely not an issue with gaming laptops but just other regular laptops which have been dropped and damaged beyond repair.
13) Overheating RAM. If your laptop is still able to open up programs after a long period of time, it means that there is not enough Acer Aspire One AO751h-52B3 battery voltage going through the memory modules which causes them to increase in temperature.
This issue can be easily fixable with the help of a cooling pad. Since most laptops are not designed to work with cooling pads, it is best to check if yours are compatible by looking at their specifications online.
14) Overheating video card (GPU). This problem will usually occur only when your laptop’s CPU and memory usage is low but GPU usage is high – e.g. when you are watching HD movies or series on Netflix or Hulu.
This problem can be easily solved by right clicking the video player and choosing “Playback Device” then choose your laptop’s built-in webcam as the default playback device – this way, the GPU will only be used to play videos which are less taxing on it thus keeping it cool.
Gaming laptops are heat more than regular laptops due to how graphics intensive games are and the fact that they have less ventilation areas.
If your laptop is still within warranty, take it back to the manufacturer as soon as possible so it can be repaired for free. Otherwise you might need to buy a new one which will cost at least $200.
do gaming laptops normally get hot?
Gaming laptops do not just get hot but they can also be really loud due to the fact that most of them are overclocked and have very high CPU usage which causes their cooling fans to run at maximum speed most of the time. If you ask me, there is nothing better than playing games on my desktop computer which has 4GB of VRAM and an i5 processor.