Question from Jarrod: I have an Alienware gaming laptop that I really love, but there’s one problem that I’ve always had with it.
This laptop gets really hot after I’ve been playing a game for about half an hour and I’m afraid it’s gonna end up getting fried.
Do you think the cheap laptop cooling pads sold at Walmart would keep this laptop from over-heating when I play a game for a long time?
Rick’s answer: I’m afraid my short answer to your questions would have to be no, Jarrod.
Those cheap generic cooling pads do a pretty good job for laptops running ordinary programs, but I don’t think they would help much with a gaming laptop operating under the stress of a resource-intensive game.
The trick to keeping any laptop cool is to keep the air flowing briskly through them and over the internal components.
The extra work heaped upon a computer’s CPU, video card and other components while gaming causes them to heat up more quickly and to higher temps than simply running Google Chrome or Microsoft Office ever would.
Here are three things that can definitely help keep your laptop from over-heating during your extended gaming sessions:
1 – Always keep your laptop’s air vents clear and the dust removed from the innards of your laptop. This post explains how to do that in the safest way possible.
2 – Never rest your laptop on your lap or on a bed when it’s running, even when you aren’t playing a game. This post explains why.
3 – As you mentioned in your question above, use a good gaming-class laptop cooling pad.
The cooling pad that I always recommend is the NotePal X3 by Cooler Master (#ad), and I recommend it even for regular laptops.
The NotePal X3 has a powerful 200mm fan that should help keep your machine running nice and cool even during the intense action of the most demanding games.
There are a number of other quality laptop cooling pads available, but I can personally vouch for this Cooler Master.
I hope this helps Jarrod. Good luck!
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