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How to Improve laptops Gaming Performance

Updated on June 19, 2013

Laptops built specifically for gaming are almost never as powerful as desktop computers built for this purpose in mind. You can stuff a lot of extra hardware into a desktop as well as cooling systems and so on, and weight will not be a consideration. It's a different question altogether for gaming laptops. It is very difficult to upgrade them and the best ones anyway are pretty heavy, not to mention being pricey. If you're spending that much money, you might as wall try to get out of what you have with the tools at your disposal. Portability doesn't necessarily mean a sacrifice in output. Here's how to tweak your machine for a better playing experience

Driver updates
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Driver Updates

You can't do much with the drivers that are shipped with laptops, save for some downloads that the manufacturer might release now and then. And even in this case, the upgrades might not really be relevant to your gaming experience.

What is relevant, however, are the drivers for your video card, which can add some juice to the frame rate and refresh rate of the visual experience. This is quite important if you like playing fast paced games like first-person shooters. For example, if you have a laptop that works on Intel, as a majority of commercially available laptops in India come shipped with, the manufacturer website has a section on the website that leads you through a diagnostic tool for what kind of processor you have. When you find out this data, you can then visit your dealer and shop around for an upgrade. As for 'unofficially' using hacked drivers, the same can coax out some enhanced and increased performance from the hardware.

Hard drives
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Size And Type of Hard Drive

While the size of a hard drive is not really critical for when shopping for a regular-use laptop because you can always store extra data on external hard drives and USB memory pods, you will need a larger than usual hard drive for gaming laptop. Games take up a lot of space and so does saving the setting and progress of the game, each time you end a session. Solid state drives are a bit more pricey, but you get none of the above mentioned problems. And the good thing is that as flash hard drives get more common, their price will drop as well.

GPU Overclocking

You can try to modify the core clock as well as the memory clock of your laptop. Without getting into too much detail, the former is the speed of the actual processing cores on the GPU [Graphics Processing Unit], while the memory clock is the speed of the memory used to buffer video data. There is a limit to how much you can speed these up - go over-board and your system circuits will get fried, because laptops don't have the kind of cooling capacity that desktops have. If it came at 2.9Ghz, you can probably overclock it to 3.2 or 3.4Ghz without too much of an issue and without changing voltage too much. Go to your BIOS, find out what values cause you to have 2.9Ghz, and alter them to change your frequency to whatever you want, keeping in mind that if your processor isn't 'unlocked', then changing your frequencies will also change the speed your RAM runs at. Again, overclocking laptops is not normally recommended, do so at your own risk.

Screen Settings
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Screen Settings

The screen refresh rate is the number of refreshes your monitor does per second. Your monitor usually updates the screen 60times per second, making it impossible to see more than 60 frames per second. Gaming laptops are sometimes limited by the volume and quality of their video memory. The memory available to a video card is important, because it acts as the highway between your GPU and your display. If it's out of room, a traffic jam forms, and your frame-rate start to dip. and lastly, it goes without saying that laptops come with a lot of unnecessary software that can be uninstalled or deactivated. All of this, coupled with a desire to experiment, will only lead to a better gaming experience.


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      Eptheta 5 years ago

      You can also improve gaming performance by shutting down background applications as laptop gaming PC is more likely to be impacted compared to powerful desktops.

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      infoshare18 5 years ago from India

      You're welcome dailytop10 and many thanks for your comment. I agree with you, it can be dangerous if you don't get them right. It's better to allow technician to handle it rather than experimenting and inviting trouble, especially if you haven't done before. Learn and share- that's what i do :)

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      dailytop10 5 years ago from Davao City

      Overclocking is not advised since it can be dangerous to your hardware. Be sure you get the settings right or you'll be in big trouble. To be safer, let an experienced laptop technician do the necessary adjustments for you. Interesting hub. Thank you for sharing!