How To Cool Down My Gaming Laptop?


You must be wondering ‘I’m sure my laptop is overheating. I can see the temperature bar near the clock climbing up to 80 degrees Celsius, and the fan is blowing very loudly. This happens when I’m playing games on my laptop. How to cool down my gaming laptop?’

The easiest solution would be is to get a professional who does laptop cleaning service in your area so they can diagnose and fix the problem for you.

However, if you are quiet the experimental one, try the below tips.

Clean out dirt and debris to cool down your gaming laptop

To cool down your gaming laptop, you’ll need to take it apart and clean out the dirt and dust that’s clogging up your machine’s parts. Since most laptops are intended for portability, not durability, they typically don’t have cooling systems as beefy as desktop computers. Dust accumulation will cause heat inside of your laptop because it blocks access to air needed for proper ventilation; this may lead to instability in performance (e.g., random laptop crashes) and may even damage your machine.

Before you begin, make sure that you have the parts necessary to reassemble your laptop; this includes any screws or other fasteners, along with any special tools (e.g., a spudger). Also note that this process will void any warranties and can cause physical damage to your laptop if performed improperly (and/or irreparably if performed maliciously), so proceed with caution.

1. Disconnect all cables

Disconnect all the cables from inside of your machine, as well as detach any removable hardware such as batteries. If you’ve never disassembled your laptop before, it’s probably a good idea to take some time to read up on what each different area does so you can better understand the effects of your actions. However, if you already have some experience with taking laptops apart, feel free to skip this step.

2. Take out all screws

Lay the laptop down on a flat surface and remove all the screws from the back of your laptop, including any screws found under rubber feet or other inconspicuous places. Most likely you will need a screwdriver for this task; it is recommended that you use a magnetic one so as not to lose them when they fall into an inaccessible area! If there are still some screws left after doing this, go ahead and finish unscrewing them until they’re all gone. There should be 10-20 screws in total.

3. Detach cables

Turn the laptop back over and open it as far as it can go. Slowly lift off the keyboard panel, which should be attached by a few cables to your motherboard; try not to detach these if possible. If you need more help with this step, consult your laptop’s user manual (it is usually online and free). Be careful not to touch any exposed parts of the motherboard unless you want a potential electrocution for such daring acts!

4. Apply thermal paste

You will now see some loose heatsinks that are covering components of your laptop; remove them all by either popping them up or unscrewing them (if they’re held down by screws). Make sure to pay attention to their position, as some silicon grease may have hardened on them after many hours of operation. Clean off the old grease if necessary and apply some fresh silicon gel to all heatsinks.


5. Reseat memory modules

Make sure that the memory modules are tightly plugged into their respective spots, as these are known to cause heat problems sometimes if they are not fitted correctly or there is a faulty connection with them. If you think your memory may be causing heat-related problems, try removing them one at a time prior to attempting this procedure; make sure to observe whether your laptop freezes up during operation with one module removed (if it does freeze, then you can conclude that bad memory was the reason for overheating). In case there is no improvement when only one out of two modules are installed in an area where two are required, you may want to start thinking about purchasing an entirely new memory stick.

Tips to cool down your gaming laptop

That being said, these relatively simple tips might help you on your next marathon session of gaming:

1. Get a laptop cooler

This is the easiest way to cool down your system and it’s both cheap and effective, whatever type of laptop you may have (although it works better for laptops that are built flat on the table rather than laptops with hinges). If all else fails, try cucumbers or frozen peas! Marvel at their wondrous cooling abilities! And do not place ice packs directly onto your machine as they might damage component parts from changes in temperature too quickly.

You can get one from your local Officeworks.

2. Sit closer to an open window instead of blasting your AC.

This is a common mistake that many people make when trying to cool a system down, because a lot of people assume that more airflow equals faster cooling. In reality, though, the increased airflow from being closer to an open window is more beneficial because cooled air from outdoors is denser with a lot more excess heat that the laptop’s fan needs to waste energy moving about. This results in a net loss of cool air and therefore a rise in temperature, which defeats the purpose of cooling down your system!

3. Turn off your laptop while it is hot

I know this sounds counterintuitive, but when you shut down your processor with a laptop that feels hot to the touch, turning the machine on again after some time results in lower temperatures for two reasons: firstly, components such as integrated circuits dissipate excess heat better when they are cold, making it harder for them to get superheated. Secondly, shutting down components and turning them on again induces thermal cycling, in which the component is repeatedly heated and cooled. During this process components such as processors gradually reach equilibrium at a lower temperature than they would when constantly running at full capacity.

4. Clean your laptop

Cleaning your laptop regularly (at least every month) will help to maintain its cooling system by removing dust and other contaminants that could reduce airflow or insulate heat sinks. Ensure you unplug your machine before you begin cleaning!

5. Underclock your laptop

This is generally not recommended, but underclocking can help to reduce heat issues during gaming by decreasing the frequency of the GPU and CPU to run slightly cooler (and thus more efficiently).

6. Take preventive action

During periods of extended gaming, use programs like MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision (for NVIDIA products) or Catalyst Control Center (for ATI products) to set custom clock speeds for the GPU and overclock them slightly while setting a custom fan speed in order to maintain a higher boost clock frequency. This will help keep it cooler, thus ensuring there is less chance of thermal throttling during periods of heavy gaming.

7. Get an external GPU

For extreme cases where your laptop continues to overheat after trying all other methods, consider getting an external GPU enclosure which can connect to your laptop via a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C cable. This is the only method in this article that will add significant weight and bulk to your setup, which can easily defeat the purpose of having a portable laptop, so use this as a last resort.

8. Replace or upgrade components

If you have done everything above and continue to experience heating issues with your machine, consider upgrading your laptop to keep up with new hardware demands for higher graphical settings and faster processing speeds from new games. Common upgrades include swapping out hard drives or solid-state drives (SSD) for ones with larger storage capacity, replacing the optical drive with an additional hard drive if necessary, adding RAM if yours is maxed out (very expensive) and swapping out the graphics card with a newer one (also expensive).

9. Do not use your laptop as a temporary desktop

Laptop hardware was engineered and optimized to run at certain temperatures, and it is best for your machine if you keep those conditions consistent: – If possible, try to only use the laptop when plugged in and don’t plug/unplug it regularly. – Keep vents clear by not placing objects on them – Don’t leave your laptop running for longer than needed.

10. Consider buying a cooling pad

A good alternative is to purchase a cooling pad that has spaces cut out specifically for ventilation, keeping your device cool even if you’re using it for multiple hours on end. Not only will a cooling pad help to keep your laptop from overheating, but it will also extend its life by preventing the laptop’s internal hardware from slowly starting to break down over time.

11. Check for software updates

One of the easiest ways to prevent laptop slowdown is to just check in with Windows and see if there are any available updates. In most cases, these updates improve how much RAM your laptop can access, which improves performance.

12. Increase fan speeds

If all else fails, you can manually increase the speed of your fans or even replace them entirely. Most laptops allow you to set a manual fan speed through a control panel on Windows or an app on OS X.

13. Do not block vents

Take care to not block the laptop vents as this can cause your laptop to overheat and automatically shut down.

14. Do not place your laptop on a soft surface

Make sure that you do not place your laptop on a soft surface like a pillow or blanket, as it will suffocate the airflow and lead to overheating.

15. Close unwanted programs

Use Task manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC) and make sure there aren’t any programs running in the background that shouldn’t be.  Closing out of them should free up a little bit of processing power and help your laptop stay a little cooler.


If you have been using the laptop for a while already, you can make it easier on yourself by doing other things which will lower the temperature of your CPU (central processing unit).

16. Play games with full screen

Playing games with full screen should make it easier on your CPU as this suspends unnecessary programs running in the background which could cause overheating.

17. Stick to games that don’t require to much graphic rendering

If possible, play games that don’t require too much graphic rendering, such as platformers or puzzles. These kinds of games often do not overload your laptop’s processor and keep it cooler than, say, an action game like COD might. So, if you’re trying to find ways to cool down a gaming laptop, consider what kind of games you’re playing.

18. Make sure your laptop fan is running properly

Make sure that your fan is working properly and that it’s not full of dust or clogged with hair. Running a device such as compressed air to clear away the dust can keep your laptop running cooler.

19. Use an external monitor, wireless keyboard & mouse

If you want, you can find other ways to keep yourself occupied while you play by using an external monitor, along with any keyboard and mouse/controller supports via HDMI port; this way, if your laptop’s screen gets too hot, it won’t be as much problem for your hands (though remember prolonged usage will still make it hot).

In fact, these tips might also help you in playing other games on your laptop which also generate a lot of heat. As long as you’re careful, just remember that no laptop is truly built for gaming.

A final note

Never ever leave the laptop unattended while it’s plugged in. It’s best to have both an AC adapter and a battery pack or external power bank so that if there are any problems with charging there is at least enough power stored up to safely shut off your system before it catches on fire. Or go with a large enough battery that can completely discharge its own energy first before an issue arises.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...