No matter how premium your gaming laptop is, it may not reach the same level of perfection in performance that an equally-priced gaming desktop will. That said, you can still use your trusty mobile device to play the latest games wherever you want, guaranteeing a great experience.
For you to get the best out of your gaming device, you have to ensure that your laptop is optimized for the purpose. While you have the option to upgrade your hardware with desktop computers, you can only replace the memory (and possibly the hard drive) with a laptop upgrade.
In this article, we let you in on six ways to optimize your laptop gaming setup.
Cleaning: Keep Your Laptop Shiny and Dust-Free
Cleaning your laptop is not just for cosmetic purposes; dust and dirt are the enemies of performance, and physical maintenance is key. Dirt can reduce airflow, rendering your laptop susceptible to heating issues too often and too fast. Heat slows down the processor, GPU, and most of the other components, which is the opposite of what you are looking for in an effective gaming machine.
It is not recommended to open up your sealed laptop while cleaning, for this will invalidate your warranty. Alternatively, there are products and tools on the market that are created specifically for this purpose. You can also watch a few online tutorials on how to perform a thorough laptop cleaning, getting rid of the dust, food crumbs, and all sticky matter, without compromising the integrity of your hardware. This doesn’t only include the keyboard, as you don’t want to forget cleaning your precious screen for optimum visuals.
Speed: Update Your Drivers
Because keeping your device drivers up to date is vital – even if you are using one of the top gaming laptops on the market today – you need to ensure that the GPU management software (like AMD Gaming Evolved or Nvidia GeForce) is set to update automatically. You will want to keep your controller and audio drivers up to date as well. However, make sure that the updates are taking place at a time when you’re not playing… so that the process doesn’t affect the speed and continuity of your game.
Power: Adjust Your Settings
Power management is a big deal for laptops, especially since they are intended for mobile use away from a fixed power outlet. Although Windows grants you some significant power management options, if you seek a strong gaming experience, you will want to have your laptop connected to a power outlet while you play. Once your laptop is hooked, you can then go to your power settings, and choose the high-performance option for playing.
Increased FPS: Close Background Apps
This may sound simple, but before you launch a game, ensure all other apps that may be running in the background are closed before you click “play”. Needless to say, exceptions to this rule may include your graphics card management app or voice chat tools like Discord.
This can also apply to automatic updates, which can be downloaded in the background – affecting current performance at the moment – before reminding you periodically that they need installing. Although you can’t – and shouldn’t – permanently disable updates, you can keep your computer offline while playing, or install the updates as soon as prompted to get them over with.
Graphics: Adjust Texture Settings
For crisp visuals, take a look at your graphics card settings – this obviously rings true for running some games over others. These settings usually carry master controls for texture and shade details, which will define the way your games look. Keep in mind that since the memory available to your laptop’s GPU will limit your options. Obviously, high-resolution textures will consume the RAM, impacting frame rate, so it’s always better to choose a configuration that will still prioritize performance overlooks.
Online Gaming: Check Network Speed
Although the general gaming performance of your laptop mostly depends on the hardware, drivers, and the other configurations mentioned above, if you’re more into playing online, then the speed of your internet connection comes into play. Issues with your internet connection – or a slow connection between your laptop and the router – can lead to lags that take away the fun from any game.
Some of the recommended solutions to a challenging connection include opting for a wired Ethernet connection to the router. You may also want to look into investing in a specialized gaming router that can optimize gaming performance as an aid, along with the other tips listed above.
Now that you’re familiar with some of the ways you can improve the gaming performance on your laptop computer, you can expand your research even further – there are many more measures you can take! This will also depend on the device you are working with. While most methods will apply purely to Windows laptops, some tips can be applied to the relevant settings on MacOS and Linux as well.