How Long Does A Gaming Laptop Last?

Laptops that are suitable for gaming can be very expensive, so it’s only natural that you would want to get as much use out of them as possible.

How Long Does A Gaming Laptop Last?

Gaming can be very demanding for a laptop, however, so making sure your gaming laptop lasts can be difficult.

In this article, we will look at how long a gaming laptop lasts.

What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Gaming Laptop?

Gaming laptops usually see heavy use during their lifetime so they’re made to be durable.

However, their lifespan will depend greatly on the quality of the laptop.

You can expect a mid-range gaming laptop to last for roughly three to four years. A high-end laptop will last a little longer and are more likely to last for around four to six years.

If you regularly maintain and look after your laptop then you can extend this lifespan for even longer.

Most of the components in a gaming laptop will last up to ten years, however, you will find that without any upgrades, they won’t be able to support the most up-to-date software.

You may find that the battery in your gaming laptop will not last this long.

After one to two years, you will probably see a noticeable degradation in how long it can hold a charge and it may even need to be replaced.

If you take care of the battery and charge it correctly then you can hopefully extend your battery life as well.

What Affects The Lifespan Of A Gaming Laptop?

Some factors will affect how long your gaming laptop will last. As we said, one of these is the price of your laptop and the quality of the components within, but there are a few other factors to keep in mind.

Central Processing Unit (CPU)

The CPU interacts with every program and application installed on your laptop, is responsible for carrying out tasks, and also processes all of the data.

Your CPU is integral to the performance of your laptop and if it isn’t performing well then your laptop won’t perform well either.

As games become more advanced, the more features and assets they have and the more powerful processor they require.

Most laptops will have a dual-core processor, but for a powerful gaming laptop, you will need a quad-core processor.

The more powerful your processor, the better it will deal with games and the longer it will last.

Graphics Process Unit (GPU)

The GPU controls both your laptop’s graphics and video performance and a powerful GPU is essential for running games smoothly.

You will need to consider the frames per second (FPS) that the GPU can support as this will directly affect how your games run.

We would recommend opting for either 60 FPS or even 120 FPS.

Random Access Memory (RAM)

You can consider the RAM as the computer equivalent of short-term memory. It is used to store and transfer data as games and applications run, making them smoother and less laggy. 

As games become more advanced, they require more RAM. To make your gaming laptop last longer, opt for a RAM of 8GB or ideally, 16GB.

Laptop Usage

A laptop might be bought for gaming purposes, but you will still be able to use it for other things, too.

If you use your gaming laptop for easy tasks such as web browsing or word processing, this shouldn’t have any negative impact on the lifespan.

However, if you use it for intense tasks such as video editing this can negatively affect the laptop’s lifespan and performance.

Cooling System

Playing games can generate a lot of heat. If your GPU and CPU become too hot, this can reduce the performance and lifespan of your laptop as well as increase the possibility of your hard drive overheating and failing.

A gaming laptop needs a good cooling system if it is to last. You can get external fans but internal ones are the best.

How Can You Extend the Lifespan Of A Gaming Laptop?

How Can You Extend the Lifespan Of A Gaming Laptop?

Let’s look at some ways that we can expand the lifespan and get the most from our laptops.

Keep It Clean

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your gaming laptop are very important.

Both desktops and laptops can get very dusty very easily and the dust can accumulate around your components, fans, and vents.

When dirt accumulates, this can block the airflow through your laptop and it will increase the chances of overheating.

This is especially the case if you travel or live in a dusty environment.

Opening up a laptop casing yourself can void some warranties so before you clean the laptop yourself, double-check your documents to make sure that this isn’t the case.

If necessary, you can take your laptop for a professional cleaning. Some tools allow you to use compressed air to clear dust without the need to open up your laptop.

Keep It Cool

We mentioned earlier that overheating is a potential factor that will reduce the lifespan of your laptop.

Gaming is especially hard on your laptop and its components and can lead to your laptop getting too hot. 

When you buy a new gaming laptop, make sure that it has a decent cooling system.

You should also keep an eye on your laptop as you play and if you notice it getting too hot, take a break.

Close down any programs or applications you are using and let them cool down. You can also use external fans to help.

Hardware And Software Updates

Make sure that you always install any software updates that are available for both your laptop and any programs.

You should also consider upgrading the components in your laptop, such as the RAM.

This will help the laptop run more advanced games and extend its lifespan.

Final Thoughts

The lifespan of a gaming laptop depends on the quality of your laptop and components and how you use it.

Ashley Newby