39 minutes ago, wisex said:
Personally I think that a lot of people here are overreacting some, do laptops have worse cooling than desktops? Well duh yea, but even then your gaming oriented laptop is gonna have significantly better cooling than a traditional thin and light. I'm also going to assume that you're no longer going to use this laptop as a primary driver considering that you plan on running it 24/7, so battery degredation, although it may happen, shouldn't be that big of a concern. Lastly the laptop will run hot if its at max capacity, but I doubt that it'll actually damage your laptop because even laptops still have the means of keeping themselves safe while they're running hot, its not like it'll just run until it catches on fire.
When you work on multiple gaming laptops a month you start to notice things. The top three issues I run into are 1. The thermal compound on both the CPU and GPU is dried or drying out. 2. The battery degrading or dying because it is plugged in 24/7. 3. The DC Jack is busted. The Battery and DC Jack issues are common with every kind of laptop gaming or otherwise but the thermal compound issue is mainly a gaming/workstation laptop issue and is the most common issue I see with them. If the computer is getting too hot the computer will shut itself down to keep it safe, yes they do have that as a fail safe, however if you're using a laptop to run a server that needs to be going 24/7 and your laptop is constantly overheating and turning off, that's less than ideal. And if the battery dies and just the charger is powering it, it should work as intended but two things can also happen, the bios or software in the computer can tell the battery is having issues and limit the performance of the laptop(even with it plugged in), or it could just shutdown and not work all together until it is removed or replaced(very rare but it does happen). Personally I wouldn't use a laptop for a 24/7 game server, I'd be much more comfortable using a desktop or an actual server. OP can do it if they like, I just think they should know the risks.