How to improve gaming performance in a laptop
PC gaming isn’t always as simple as console gaming. Instead of the plugin and enjoy, it’s more plug and prays that your games run smoothly or even run at all. If there’s anything that’s not optimised about your PC, your games’ speed will suffer; they’ll stutter and won’t look as beautiful as they could. hence resulting in bad gaming experience
Your premium gaming laptop will never reach the performance of a similarly-priced gaming desktop. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t play the latest games. Rather, it puts extra load on you to ensure that your laptop is optimized for gaming.
With desktop computers, you can upgrade the hardware. Laptop users will probably know that they can only replace the memory (and perhaps the hard-drive) with an upgrade. So, what can you do to improve the laptop’s gaming experience?
Here are some of the ways to optimize laptop gaming setup on Windows 10:
- Keep your laptop clean and dust-free for the seamless Gaming experience.
First of all, cleaning your laptop will not only improve gaming experience but also the overall performance of your laptop. Dust and dirt results in a computer that gets too hot as these detritus reduces the airflow.
And these heating issue results in slowing down of the processor, GPU, and most other components, resulting in bad gaming experience.
How to deal with these problems…
The best way to deal with these problems is by removing dust regularly from your laptop. And of course, this isn’t a simple task. Your laptop is probably sealed, and if it isn’t, opening it will almost certainly invalidate the warranty. The solution is to use some very specific cleaning techniques.
But it isn’t just the vents on the laptop that you need to clean. If you are using the keyboard regularly (obviously you are for gaming)it’s important to ensure there is no dust, food or other matter causing sticky keys.
- Overclock the graphics card for optimizing Gaming.
Your gaming performance is mostly dependant on the power of your graphics chip, even more so than on how much memory you have or how fast your processor is! The root and the reason for stuttering gameplay is in almost all cases the graphics chip.
To improve performance, you may want to look at the running the graphics card factory speed setting or in other words: overclocking, perhaps a bit risky for the beginner, overclocking can force some additional performance out of the graphics card. Tools are available for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble with this.
The main problems are with power and heat. Overclocking uses more electricity, so you’ll need to adjust your computer’s power settings appropriately. But overclocking also may increase your laptop’s heat of the GPU.
Usually, this is handled by the laptop’s built-in cooling system. You should regularly clean the heatsinks and fans, as outlined in #1. If not, your laptop will automatically shut down—as a safety precaution—as soon as it gets too hot.
If you have a high-end GPU go for DirectX 11/12 as your GPU is high-end it can easily support it. But on the contrary, if your GPU is average DirectX10/9 is prefered as it would decrease the quality and detailing but it will increase the frame rate (smooth performance).
- Upgrade to an SSD.
SSDs are much faster than mechanical hard disks and while this most certainly doesn’t boost your games’ frame rate, it will definitely reduce load time in the game.
I will recommend to at least go with an SSD with more than 256 GB as most of the games these days take 8-24 Gigabytes.
- Adjust the laptop’s power settings.
Few devices can enjoy improved operation without effective power management. When it comes to laptops are devices which are intended for use away from a permanent power source here, power management becomes a big deal.
Windows gives you some detailed power management options, but for a strong gaming experience, you should have your laptop connected to a power outlet.
Once you are done with this, it’s time to look at your computer’s power settings. In Windows 10, you can open Settings > System > Power and sleep > Additional power settings and select the High-performance option. It’s also worth clicking Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings to check you haven’t previously adjusted anything here. You don’t want less-than-optimum power settings when gaming performance from your laptop.
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- closing background Apps can increase Laptop FPS.
All these tips are for windows 10 and if you are not using windows 10, there is a manual change you can make to your laptop before you launch a game ensure all other apps are closed before you start gaming.
Once you have done that, look at the system tray. This part of windows taskbar lists apps that are running in the background. Right-click each icon and close it. You may like to keep your graphics card management app or a voice chat tool like discard open, of course!
- Update Laptop’s drivers for Faster gaming.
Computers running Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems are almost all based around the same hardware, with the same architecture. This means that whatever the operating system, keeping device drivers up to date is vital.
Fortunately, it’s usually straightforward, at worst a slight inconvenience that has been largely swallowed up into the standard OS updates.
However, when it comes to graphics drivers, you might need a more hands-on approach. While Intel graphics—largely unsuitable for hardcore gaming—will enjoy updated drivers via a Windows update, your third-party graphics provider doesn’t offer that option.
Be sure to update your controller and audio drivers up to date, too.
- Change Texture settings to optimize your Laptop Graphics card.
It’s always important to look at your graphics card settings, especially if you need to play a certain game. Here, you’ll find master controls for texture and shader details, which will determine how your games look.
The memory available to your laptop’s GPU limits what options are available here, so it’s usually good to select a configuration that offers performance overlooks. In short, high-resolution textures will consume your RAM, crashing frame rate.
Note that you can also give individual games their texture and shader preferences here. This is useful if an older game can run with high settings. Meanwhile, you’ll still be able to adjust individual games’ video settings as they play, from the video/display settings screen.
It can take a while to find the optimum video settings for games. Once you’ve established that performance-quality trade-off, however, you’ll see that it was worth the effort.