Solved Same spec desktop vs laptop speed performance

February 24, 2015 at 23:29:38
Specs: Windows 8.1, Core i7/8gb
If a desktop with the same hardware as a laptop(cpu/mobile cpu, memory, hd, dedicated gpu) is the desktop always going to be faster?

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#1
February 25, 2015 at 00:41:13
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If they have exactly the same hardware then you would expect them to perform at exactly the same speed. Some laptops are faster than some desktops; some desktops are faster than some laptops. Unless you specify which computers you are comparing it is not a meaningful question.

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#2
February 25, 2015 at 01:18:58
Desktops tend to be faster because they tend to have faster components.
Put the same components in a laptop and the laptop will be just as fast.

Laptops tend to have slower components because slower components
use less power.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
February 25, 2015 at 06:16:19
Response #1 covers your question. That said, if gaming is part of your usage, you may be disappointed in either computers' performance. At that point you have upgrade paths with real desktops, not so with laptops. Also, laptops tend to be more expensive when comparing the same exact specs.

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#4
February 25, 2015 at 07:40:07
And I doubt you will find a desktop & laptop with "exactly the same specs". There will be differences in the CPUs, motherboard chipsets, HDD, etc

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#5
February 25, 2015 at 12:25:41
If a laptop and desktop had exactly the same hardware and configuration they would have identical performance. But that isn't reality. The published specifications may be similar but that don't tell the whole story. The design of any computer involves many compromises which are weighted according to the design priorities. In a laptop the priorities are low weight, small size, low power consumption, and reasonable cost. Anything that seriously compromises the priorities must be sacrificed. All else being equal the faster a computer operates the more power it will consume and the hotter it will get. Heat is difficult to dissipate in the confined space and limited ventilation of a laptop. Thus high performance is at odds with the design priorities of a laptop. The so called "gaming laptops" simply shift the priorities a bit.

In a desktop small size and low power consumption is not a major priority and heat is much easier to dissipate. High performance is easier to obtain at a reasonable price. It should be no surprise that desktops generally outperform laptops.


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#6
February 25, 2015 at 12:45:13
Thanks for all of the prompt and detailed replies. smaller components = less power required = slower performance than a desktop. Makes beautiful, perfect sense. thanks to all for your input. You guys are still the cats after all of these years!!!

Loretta


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