Is a gaming laptop noticable louder than desktop computer?



  • It seems to me that normal PCs without water cooling and without specifically modded gfx-card-fans are the vacuum cleaners among the home electronics, especially when playing a gfx heavy game. (Which it appears is pretty much every game that's released today šŸ™‚

    I have been thinking that a gaming laptop could provide some value on the noise front at a higher price, but without the hassle I'd have to go through screwing a "silent" machine together myself. (obviously plus the added mobility + space-saving bonus)

    So - the short question is, and I really think it shouldn't be too subjective: Are gaming laptops "loud" while playing a modern game?

    • Loud compared to an average box sitting under the desk?
    • Loud compared to the same laptop when only surfing?


  • While I hardly know how much noise an average PC under the desk makes (plus I'm not that sensitive to noise), here's what AnandTech had to say about the Alienware M11x, which is a pretty heavy duty gaming laptop:

    Perhaps with better power saving features and Turbo Boost, an updated M11x with an i7-640UM, i7-620UM, or even an i5-520UM would manage to stop the fluctuating noise levels. At present, the M11x oscillates between "silent" (

    You can read the whole thing here (that's the summary page).

    I would imagine other gaming laptops offer pretty much the same levels of noise, though obviously it is impossible to be certain without examining each one individually.


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