Laptop vs desktop comparisons

By sasrob
Aug 23, 2015
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  1. I have 2006 gaming build still working great. I also have a dell laptop 2011 build. I have upgraded both to window 10. In World of tank's I have seen a massive boost on the old desktop with the auto setting to medium on window 7 it was low. With laptop it now set to low but think this is down to the dual graphics and the game only seeing the intel 3000 graphics. A five year's gap between the two but yet performance is about the same in this game. The i5 win's cpu but the old desktop "HD 7770" win's the GT 525M. Over all performance got to be the laptop ram is 1333mhz with old desktop only 400mhz. The big different is the old system can out put 1680x1050 resolutions but laptop is cap at lower 1366x768 so you would think this could mange higher effects but not the case. I think anyone would be far better buying a desktop for gaming then even thinking about a gaming laptop. I don't think the gap is still 5 year be hide desktop's but was a very big surprise.
  2. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,214   +200

    Dedicated gaming laptops cost a fortune and you can often upgrade the graphics as with a desktop. In general using laptops for intensive gaming is not recommended.
  3. sasrob

    sasrob TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Agree I have lost count how many times I have took over heating laptops apart. A gaming laptop will be no different. once dust start to block heat sink's it's down hill from there. Some people are lucky and it's just a simple deep clean others not so lucky with a new motherboard which in some cases cost more then a new laptop.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,156   +598

    Would seem to be obvious for various reasons.
  5. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,214   +200

    I suspect that lots of folk who buy laptops are not aware that there are specialist laptops available and how damaging such activity can be for the hardware. Often the sales pitch for laptops covers graphics cards and implies that they may be good for gaming.

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