Can gaming damage my laptop?

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  1.    18 Mar 2018 #1

    Can gaming damage my laptop?


    Hi,

    I just got a new laptop, the HP Pavilion 15 Power (i5 7300HQ, GTX 1050, 8gb ram). Basically it is for my study but I know it can run games quite well.

    Could gaming on my laptop do any damage? I tried GTA V and it worked really good with most settings on high. The only thing ofcourse is that it made fan noise and became warm/hot.
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  2. slicendice's Avatar
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       18 Mar 2018 #2

    Westland1940 said: View Post
    Hi,

    I just got a new laptop, the HP Pavilion 15 Power (i5 7300HQ, GTX 1050, 8gb ram). Basically it is for my study but I know it can run games quite well.

    Could gaming on my laptop do any damage? I tried GTA V and it worked really good with most settings on high. The only thing ofcourse is that it made fan noise and became warm/hot.
    No, it can not/should not.

    But what can happen is that the lifespan of your laptop can be degraded a bit, because of all the extra heat generated when playing some really system hungry games (both CPU and GPU almost maxing out all the time). How ever, some occasional gaming won't kill the laptop, especially if it's some more lightweight ones.


    All the heating issues caused by heavy loads are protected by software controlled fan rotation increase, automatic under clocking and voltage decrease of both GPU and CPU (also called thermal throttling) , to work around too high temps, where the fan can't cool the hardware fast enough.

    Don't worry about gaming on a laptop, but if you ever find yourself playing a lot, then I would recommend purchasing a proper desktop gaming rig for that purpose and use the laptop for what it was originally meant to be used for in your case, studying. You get so much better performance (tens to hundreds of times more) for less money when you have a proper gaming desktop computer.

    Hope this helped to answer your question. :)
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       18 Mar 2018 #3

    "Could gaming on my laptop do any damage?"
    Short term, no. Long term, yes. Standard use not just gaming.

    Mine 4 yo has a fan that is now at 75% of max speed(it has been cleaned), and a Keyboard with some key switches damaged by being only very slightly warmer. Shows the poor quality of the Keyboard rather than anything else. Small fans have a shortish life.
    Both are going to be replaced. It is still well within allowed temperatures.

    CPU/GPU will have thermal protection to clock things down if too hot.
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  4.    18 Mar 2018 #4

    Thanks for your comment slicendice and Helmut.

    I think I play average 30 min to 1 (max 2) hour a day on my laptop, definitely not like 4 to 8 hours in a row. I play only a few games on my laptop because of the mods and I have the same games on my Xbox.

    So, 30 min to 1 hour a day shouldn't be problem, right? Oh and I will upgrade this laptop soon from 8gb to 16gb and remove my HDD to a SSD 500 gb. (I have a 256gb SSD and now a 1tb HDD where also GTA V is on). Will both upgrades improve the performance/gaming on this laptop?
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  5.    18 Mar 2018 #5

    [QUOTE=Westland1940;1322344]Thanks for your comment slicendice and Helmut.

    I think I play average 30 min to 1 (max 2) hour a day on my laptop, definitely not like 4 to 8 hours in a row. I play only a few games on my laptop because of the mods and I have the same games on my Xbox.

    So, 30 min to 1 hour a day shouldn't be problem, right? Oh and I will upgrade this laptop soon from 8gb to 16gb and remove my HDD to a SSD 500 gb. (I have a 256gb SSD and now a 1tb HDD where also GTA V is on). Will both upgrades improve the performance/gaming on this laptop?[/QUOTES]

    You are probably more likely to knacker the keyboard as laptop keyboards are generally pretty flimsy compared with a desktop keyboard, and whilst generally not too difficult to replace, still beyond skill base of many lesser experienced users.

    You might want to consider attaching a usb or bluetooth keyboard as they will probably be less cramped anyway.
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  6.    18 Mar 2018 #6

    What do you mean cereberus? Destroying my keyboard with gaming? I use a Xbox controller when I play games on a laptop or PC.
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  7. slicendice's Avatar
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       18 Mar 2018 #7

    Westland1940 said: View Post
    Thanks for your comment slicendice and Helmut.
    You're welcome!

    I think I play average 30 min to 1 (max 2) hour a day on my laptop, definitely not like 4 to 8 hours in a row. I play only a few games on my laptop because of the mods and I have the same games on my Xbox.

    So, 30 min to 1 hour a day shouldn't be problem, right? Oh and I will upgrade this laptop soon from 8gb to 16gb and remove my HDD to a SSD 500 gb. (I have a 256gb SSD and now a 1tb HDD where also GTA V is on). Will both upgrades improve the performance/gaming on this laptop?
    I doubt the increase of RAM from 8 to 16GB will improve gaming performance by much. Your GPU is the one requiring a lot of VRAM for textures. 8GB VRAM is more than enough on a laptop.

    Swapping the HDD for an SSD will most likely only improve loading times. What however is important, is that your system drive is fast and stay as empty as possible. Windows needs this to function properly.
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       22 Mar 2018 #8

    Westland1940 said: View Post
    Hi,

    I just got a new laptop, the HP Pavilion 15 Power (i5 7300HQ, GTX 1050, 8gb ram). Basically it is for my study but I know it can run games quite well.

    Could gaming on my laptop do any damage? I tried GTA V and it worked really good with most settings on high. The only thing ofcourse is that it made fan noise and became warm/hot.
    Hi!
    I have a laptop that is 18 years old now, still going strong. The first years it had Windows 98, 2000 and i used to do a lot of gaming (MS Flight Simulator, version 3 or 4 ? ). Later I was experimenting with Linux, doing some kernel builds and sometime they didnt turn out well so my CPU temp went crazy 80-90 degrees Celcius.

    Conclusion: A well built laptop with proper cooling should be very sturdy. Mine is a Compaq Armada E500. Now I have a MSI GT72 with an extremely well cooling system that never gets hot and has a hardly noticeable fan noise.

    Regards...
    Last edited by snickie; 23 Mar 2018 at 02:49.
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       22 Mar 2018 #9

    Bought my First True Gaming Laptop for Christmas, HP Omen 15_ce019dx model, and while i don't game on it all day like my Asus G11CD-K Desktop, i only play light games mostly on laptop, sometimes Need For Speed Most Wanted off and on, Pinball FX3, sometimes Secondlife MMO game, only played on it a lot when Condo heat was out, and was too cold to be down in the room with Desktop

    But i monitor temps, and such so think sturdy enough for gaming off and on, certainly probably not 8-12 hours like i do on Desktop machine lol
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       05 Apr 2018 #10

    AMDMan2016 said: View Post
    Bought my First True Gaming Laptop for Christmas, HP Omen 15_ce019dx model, and while i don't game on it all day like my Asus G11CD-K Desktop, i only play light games mostly on laptop, sometimes Need For Speed Most Wanted off and on, Pinball FX3, sometimes Secondlife MMO game, only played on it a lot when Condo heat was out, and was too cold to be down in the room with Desktop

    But i monitor temps, and such so think sturdy enough for gaming off and on, certainly probably not 8-12 hours like i do on Desktop machine lol
    If the cooling is adequate and the temperatures of the computer reaches a stable point below "dangerous" temps you can use your laptop 24/7/365 if you want. Every computer I have and had, reach a stable temperature eventually. If the temperature on vital components (CPU, memory, disks etc) stop rising in say two hours then you can run it as long as you want, 10, 100, 1000 hours don't matter. A normally built system will always reach an equilibrium.
    Last edited by snickie; 02 May 2018 at 07:36.
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