5 Best Ways to Cool a Laptop While Gaming

Keeping a PC cool while gaming is an easy task, isn’t it?

All you need is a roomy case, few fans for inlet and outlet of air and you’re almost done.

If budget is not a concern, then water cooling solutions are also available.

However, coming to a gaming laptop, things are a bit concerning. Hence in this article, I’m going to show you the 5 Best Ways to Cool a Laptop while Gaming.

As we all know, gaming laptops are a trend these days. Gone are the days when gaming laptops used to be very heavy, looked gaudy along with mediocre performance.

Most gaming laptops developed in 2017-2018 offers a more subtle and muted look and are desirable at best by most people.

However, they do tend to get heated during extreme gaming sessions and in this article, I’m going to show you, how to prevent that.

5 Best Ways to Cool a Laptop while Gaming


Now, these methods aren’t only meant for a gaming laptop, they can be applied to any laptops that you do gaming on.

So, let’s get started!

1. Remove Dust from your Laptop’s Internals

It’s no secret, the higher the accumulated dust in your laptop, the more heat your laptop will produce.

This is because dust blocks air flow in your laptop and if more dust is accumulated on the laptop’s cooling fan itself, then it lowers the fan’s speed.

Slower fan means low cooling power and higher temperature. This is basically like a domino effect. Hence, make sure to cool your laptop from inside out.

The first step to do is to clean your laptop’s exhaust because most dust is accumulated there. You can use a portable vacuum cleaner to it.

Once that is done, open your laptop’s lid and clean the internal with a painting brush with nylon bristles.

If you’re not sure how to do it, then do refer multiple laptop cleaning guides available on YouTube related to your laptop.

2. Get a Laptop Cooling Pad

Multiple people think that Laptop Cooling Pads are just a gimmick and do not do anything in real life.

However, that is not true. Obviously, there are multiple low-quality laptop cooler available in the market, but if you get a reliable laptop cooler, then things are going to get better.

What a laptop cooler basically does is, it intakes the hot air from your laptop and releases it sideways, just like an exhaust fan. Hence, more the fans in your laptop cooler, the better will be the heat dissipation.

If you want a reliable laptop cooler, then I would suggest the recommendation made by Laptoplex, which is Havit HV-F2056 that is a 3-fan laptop cooler ideal for 15-17” laptops.

In case you want to make your own gaming laptop cooler, then I would recommend checking this article too.

3. Close Open Applications in Background those aren’t required

It’s no secret that the number of applications opens in the background; do interfere with your laptop’s gaming performance.

This is because each open application will draw some CPU power and memory, this robs your game from utilizing these resources and hence it affects performance.

Make sure to open Task Manager in your OS and Close all the applications that aren’t required.

Just make sure to not close any Windows Services.

4. Use Thermal Paste on CPU and GPU

When a Laptop is manufactured, the guys that apply thermal paste on your CPU and GPU do a very shoddy work. Sometimes, the thermal paste isn’t applied at all.

The thermal paste is basically a chemical compound that allows your CPU or GPU to transfer heat away from itself into the exhaust fans.

Get a good quality thermal paste and apply it your CPU and GPU.

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5. Improve Hardware

If none of the above 4 tips helps, then I bet you must be overworking your hardware.

Make sure to get an SSD or upgrade your laptop’s RAM to improve your laptop’s gaming performance.

Switching from an HDD to SSD will improve your laptop’s gaming performance by a good margin.

More specifically upgrading to SSD will result in faster loading times in the game, so that you don’t have to wait long to play your game.

Additionally, upgrading RAM will result in your laptop storing a high amount of data in RAM for quick access, thus improving gameplay.


These are very basic yet important steps to keep your laptop cool while gaming.

I hope these tips will help you get a better understanding of how to cool your laptop.

If you have any questions regarding this, then make sure to let me know in the comments section below.

Thank You!

Have a Great Day Ahead!

One thought on “5 Best Ways to Cool a Laptop While Gaming

  1. I have used Arctic thermal paste for my pc and laptop as well. But I don’t notice any improvement in the CPU performance and cooling for a week. Should I wait further to see the difference or can try another brand? Do you have any suggestions for brands of thermal paste for both CPU and heatsinks?

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