The Quietest & Loudest Gaming Laptops – Fan Noise Compared

Which gaming laptops have the quietest fans and which have the loudest? This page contains the fan noise from all laptops that I’ve reviewed.

How Laptop Fan Noise is Tested

Testing is conducted with a Digitech QM-1589 located approximately 30cm / 12″ away from the laptop. This does not measure pitch, just decibel values.

The noise floor within the testing environment is around 31-32dB, unfortunately it can vary slightly and I did not record the floor with each idle laptop, so idle results are not the best.

Idle results are tested with nothing happening – the machine sits idle for at least 30 minutes in the lowest performance mode available.

Stress test results are done by running the Aida64 CPU stress test with only ‘stress CPU’ checked along with the Unigine Heaven GPU benchmark running at the same time at maximum settings. This combination represents a worst case, therefore noise levels provided below also represent a worst case when under heavy CPU + GPU load, and do not represent

Test Results Explained

You can use the table to search for specific models, or sort them by loudest to quietest. By default, all laptops tested are sorted from quietest to loudest going by their loudest possible fan noise.

Many laptops have different performance modes which affect fan speed. While these are not global, I have made an attempt to specify the noise level under stress test for low/high/maximum fan modes.

If a laptop does not have all of these modes, the existing data point from the lower mode is repeated. For example, if the laptop just has one fan speed, then the same value will be listed for the stress test three times. If a laptop has more than 3 performance modes, I’ll always include the lowest and highest performance mode.

The main point is these are levels you can lock the fan to regardless of how heavy the load is and it should not ever run higher regardless of the workload. With that said, lower values are definitely possible with lighter workloads, again these represent worst case results.

Decibel values reported are the maximum within the period recorded. You can listen to all fan noise recordings for yourself in the full review videos on YouTube.

Laptop / SpecsIdleStress Test (Low Performance Mode)Stress Test (High Performance Mode)Stress Test (Maximum Fan Speed)
Lenovo Yoga C940 (Intel i7-1065G7 / Iris Plus Graphics)32.135.935.935.9
Lenovo Ideapad S340 (Intel i5-8265U / Intel UHD)35.636.13737
Dell XPS 13 9310 (i7-1185G7/Intel Xe)34.935.736.737.2
ASUS ZenBook Duo (Intel i5-10210U / MX250 2GB)3534.840.140.1
Lenovo Slim 7 (Ryzen 7 4800U/Radeon Graphics)3636.736.742.4
Lenovo L340 (Intel i5-8300H / GTX 1650 50W)35.142.942.942.9
Dell XPS 13 9380 (Intel i7-8565U / Intel UHD)34.836.54144.1
Intel NUC M15 (i7-1165G7/Intel Xe)35.144.544.544.5
ASUS StudioBook 17 W700G1T (Xeon E-2276M/T1000 40W)35.740.545.345.3
Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Late 2019) (Intel i7-1065G7 / GTX 1650 Max-Q 35W)36.64042.145.6
HP Pavilion 15-dk1082nr (i5-10300H/1660 Ti Max-Q 60W)36.645.945.945.9
Dell XPS 15 7590 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1650 50W)35.645.846.346.3
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (Ryzen 5 4600H/1650 Ti 50W)35.841.146.146.8
ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 (Intel i9-9980HK / RTX 2060 80W)34.84747.547.5
MSI Creator 17 (i7-10875H/2080 Super Max-Q 80W)37.445.546.648
Dell XPS 17 9700 (i7-10750H/1650 Ti 50W)35.641.945.848.1
ASUS ROG Flow X13 (Ryzen 7 5800HS/1650 Max-Q 35W) - No eGPU35.940.347.148.9
Lenovo Y540 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)35.549.349.349.3
MSI WS66 10TK (i7-10750H/Quadro RTX 3000 80W)35.93743.449.6
Lenovo Y7000 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)35.748.849.949.9
Lenovo Y740 (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2070 Max-Q 90W)36.34948.849.9
Dell G7 7700 (i7-10750H/2070 115W)35.745.54950.3
Aorus 5 NA (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1650 50W)35.950.150.150.5
Dell G5 15 SE (Ryzen 5 4600H + RX 5600M)30.146.950.650.6
Lenovo Y545 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2060 85W)35.548.450.950.9
Dell G15 5515 (Ryzen 7 5800H/3060 110-125W)35.146.546.551
Dell G5 15 SE (Ryzen 7 4800H + RX 5600M)31.148.151.251.2
ASUS TUF Dash F15 (i7-11370H/3070 80-85W)35.438.748.851.2
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC (Intel i7-10710U / GTX 1650 Max-Q 35W)35.439.347.151.3
HP Victus 16-e0136AX (Ryzen 7 5800H/3060 95W)35.239.150.551.5
Razer Blade 14 (Ryzen 9 5900HX/3080 8GB 90-100W)36.545.151.351.5
Razer Blade 15 Advanced 2019 (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2080 Max-Q 90W)35.149.549.551.6
ASUS TUF A15 FA506QR (Ryzen 7 5800H/3070 90-95W)35.437.647.151.6
Metabox Prime-V PB51RF-G (Intel i9-9980HK / RTX 2070 115W)35.737.451.851.8
Dell G5 5590 (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2060 80W)35.751.951.951.9
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (Ryzen 7 5800H/3070 125-140W)36.147.850.451.9
Dell G7 7590 (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2060 80W)35.152.552.552.5
Lenovo Legion 7i (i7-10875H/2070 Max-Q 105W)36.343.945.952.5
Alienware m15 R2 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2080 Max-Q 90W)31.539.446.252.6
MSI Prestige 14 A10SC (Intel i7-10710U / GTX 1650 Max-Q 30W)38.341.246.652.7
Lenovo Legion 5 (Ryzen 7 5800H/3060 115-130W)36.146.551.252.8
Lenovo Legion 7 (Ryzen 9 5900HX/3080 16GB 150-165W)35.946.248.352.8
Dell G3 3590 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 60W)34.936.748.953.1
ASUS Zephyrus G14 (Ryzen 9 4900HS / RTX 2060 Max-Q 65W)33.738.34953.3
Lenovo Legion 5i (i5-11400H/3060 115-130W)36.242.849.253.3
ASUS Zephyrus G GA502DU (Ryzen 7 3750H / GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 60W)35.538.953.553.6
ASUS Zephyrus S GX701GX (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2080 Max-Q 90W)35.749.449.453.6
Metabox NH58RC (Clevo NH58RCQ) (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)35.353.253.253.6
Acer Triton 500 (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2060 90W)35.147.847.853.7
Alienware m15 R5 (Ryzen 9 5900HX/3070 110-125W)35.844.844.854
MSI P65 Creator 9SF (Intel i9-9880H / RTX 2070 Max-Q 80W)3336.847.754.2
Eluktronics MAX-15 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)36.750.65454.2
ASUS TUF FX505DU (Ryzen 7 3750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)3651.854.254.2
Eluktronics MAX-17 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)35.751.254.454.4
Aorus 7 SA (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)37.337.554.254.4
XMG Neo 15 / Eluktronics Mech-15 G3 (Ryzen 7 5800H/3070 125-140W)35.84152.554.4
Eluktronics RP-15 (Ryzen 7 4800H/2060 110W)36.148.754.354.4
MSI GE65 9SE (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2060 90W)34.939.249.754.6
Alienware m15 R6 (i7-11800H/3080 8GB 115-125W)36.448.550.154.6
Razer Blade Pro 17 2019 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 Max-Q 100W)35.347.854.454.7
MSI GS75 8SG (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2080 Max-Q 80W)36.2474754.7
ASUS Zephyrus S17 GX703HS (i9-11900H/3080 16GB 100-140W)36.54050.654.8
Infinity M7 / Prometheus XVII (Ryzen 9 5900HX/3080 16GB 135-150W)35.637.35355
MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK (Ryzen 7 3750H / RX 5500M 85W)35.738.851.655.1
XMG Apex 15 (Clevo NH57ER) (Ryzen 9 5900HX/3070 115-140W)37.236.851.155.1
MSI Stealth 15M (i7-1185G7/2060 Max-Q 65W)36.344.246.755.1
XPG Xenia 15 (i7-11800H/3070 120-145W)3646.855.255.2
MSI GL65 10SEK (i7-10750H/2060 115W)36.23952.555.3
Alienware Area 51M (Intel i9-9900K / RTX 2080 200W)35.75050.155.4
ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 (i9-10980HK/2080 Super Max-Q 100W)37.241.550.455.5
Aftershock Vapor 15 Pro / Eluktronics MAG-15 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)35.239.344.655.6
MSI GS76 Stealth 11UE (i7-11800H/3060 80-95W)35.939.546.655.7
MSI GE75 10SGS (i9-10980HK/2080 Super 150W)36.941.955.455.7
ASUS TUF A15 FA506IV (Ryzen 7 4800H / RTX 2060 90W)32.434.650.956
Infinity X5-9G6-88 (Tongfang GK5CP6X) (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)37.3N/AN/A56
MSI Bravo 15 (Ryzen 5 4600H/5500M 65W)35.838.153.856
ASUS ROG Flow X13 (Ryzen 7 5800HS/1650 Max-Q 35W) - XG Mobile RTX 3080 eGPUN/AN/A46.156.1
ASUS TUF A15 FA506II (Ryzen 5 4600H / GTX 1650 Ti 50W)32.940.551.656.4
ASUS TUF A15 FA506IU (Ryzen 7 4800H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)31.833.75156.4
MSI Delta 15 (Ryzen 7 5800H/6700M 95-120W)35.138.845.256.4
ASUS Strix G15 Advantage (Ryzen 9 5900HX/6800M 115-150W)35.84250.756.4
MSI GL75 9SEK (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2060 90W)36.544.651.156.6
Acer Nitro 5 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)36.147.447.456.6
ASUS Zephyrus S GX502GW (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)36.441.15456.6
Acer Nitro 5 (Ryzen 5 5600H/3060 90-95W)36.250.650.656.6
Gigabyte Aero 17 YD (i9-11980HK/3080 16GB 75-105W)35.340.74956.6
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC (i7-10870H/3070 75-105W)36.342.249.556.6
MSI GP75 10SFK (Intel i7-10750H / RTX 2070 115W)32.638.355.656.7
MSI GP75 9SF (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)36.353.853.856.8
ASUS Zephyrus G15 (GA503QS) (Ryzen 9 5900HS/3080 8GB 75-100W)36.941.85257.1
Acer Nitro 5 (Intel i5-11400H/3060 80-95W)36.348.648.657.3
HP Omen 15-en0029nr (Ryzen 7 4800H/1660 Ti 80W)36.349.357.157.3
HP Omen 15z-en100 (Ryzen 7 5800H/3070 100W)34.949.557.457.4
HP Omen 15z-en100 (Ryzen 5 5600H/3060 100W)36.149.857.457.4
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG (i7-10750H/3070 125-140W)35.840.553.257.4
ASUS Scar III G531GW (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)35.453.257.657.6
ASUS ROG Scar 15 G533QS (Ryzen 9 5900HX/3080 16GB 115-130W)35.844.855.457.8
Acer Helios 300 2019 (Intel i7-9750H / GTX 1660 Ti 80W)37.251.551.558.1
MSI GS66 10SGS (Intel i9-10980HK / RTX Super 2080 Max-Q)3235.748.558.2
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XA (Intel i9-9980HK / RTX 2070 Max-Q 90W)35.945.450.758.3
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 Max-Q 90W)34.646.646.658.3
ASUS Scar II GL504GV (Intel i7-8750H / RTX 2060 80W)35.943.743.758.3
MSI GE76 Raider 10UH (i9-10980HK/3080 16GB 150W)38.239.854.458.3
ASUS Zephyrus M16 GU603HR (i9-11900H/3070 65-100W)35.542.755.658.6
ASUS Zephyrus G14 GA401QM (Ryzen 9 5900HS/3060 60-80W)36.841.149.258.8
MSI GE66 10SGS (i9-10980HK/2080 Super Max-Q 105W)35.540.252.358.8
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB (Intel i7-10875H / RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 90W)31.3375059
ASUS ROG Mothership GZ700GX (Intel i9-9980HK / RTX 2080 200W)35.944.851.159.3
Acer Helios 300 (i7-10750H/2070 Max-Q 90W)35.648.848.859.6
Metabox Prime-X (Clevo X170KM-G) (i9-11900K/3080 16GB 150-165W)36.336.36161
Acer Triton 900 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2080 180W)35.748.959.261.9
Aorus 15 XA (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)37.654.354.362.8
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG (Intel i9-9900K / RTX 2080 200W)37.443.354.964.1
Aftershock Terra 15 (Intel i7-9750H / RTX 2070 115W)35.949.350.764.6
Aorus 17 YA (Intel i9-9980HK / RTX 2080 200W)3652.952.964.6