How to Upgrade Your Gaming Laptop

Maybe you want a little something; an extra oomph, more juice to push the boundaries of your gaming laptop. After all, where’s the fun in playing video games on them if they’re not fully optimized and used at their best? If you’re willing to do a bit of grunt work or effort into upgrading your device, heed the instructions below:

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Update Drivers
Keeping device drivers up to date is crucial because they may be outdated and may be the cause of why your video games are crashing or why you have system trouble. If your system update is on manual, make sure to check all the drivers installed on your gaming laptop first and see what driver updates are available. Otherwise, you can set automatic updates if you are using Windows as this is a recommended action for drivers. Something to note is that it is not necessary to update drivers all the time for the sake of updating, if there are no issues, then it is best to leave it as it is.
Use Game Mode in Windows 10
This feature is only available for those who are using Windows 10. The latest desktops and even custom gaming laptops are equipped to run the Game Mode which involves having the OS suspend unnecessary background apps in order to run the game to its most optimized settings. According to Microsoft, this feature was made for gamers as it helps improve the game’s performance on PC.
Try Overclocking
Overclocking refers to the process where the device’s CPU and memory are pushed to run past their official speed rating. Doing this will enable you to amp up your laptop’s gaming performance, but with its perks come some risks that may result in permanent device damage. There are many guides to overclocking, but as a rule, beginners are warned of the safety precautions when doing it for the first time.
Switch to SSD
SSD or an external SSD is the newer, hardier counterpart of the HDD or hard disk drive that we all know. While SSD’s do not help in the graphics department, they are much faster and can help in reducing game load times, has better reliability, faster booting, and no need for defragmentation. The downside to an SSD is that they are much more expensive than HDD so keep this in mind when you want to go for an upgrade.
Upgrading an aging gaming laptop can be limiting compared to desktop computers that is why having handy tips can be lifesaving especially when it comes to gaming. Do you have any laptop upgrade tweaks that aren’t mentioned in this article? Tell us about it in the comments.