My Laptop vs My Desktop

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  1. Jacqueline4390 profile image87
    Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago
    I have a Dell Laptop that I bought a few months ago. It has 8 GB RAM and an Intel i5 processor. I have a Dell Desktop that I bought last year it has 4 GB RAM and an Intel i3 processor. They both are jam packed with my graphic software. So how come my desktop is faster than my laptop? Are desktops just automatically more powerful than laptops? The Laptop has a faster processor and more RAM (random access memory.)

    I really love to play video games on my laptop but my desktop has faster response time. My granddaughter says that video games are only played on consoles attached to TVs and I am not really playing video games. This may be another discussion topic. But, anyway I am just curious to know the facts behind the Laptop vs Desktop right now. I will get on the video games later.

    1. kenneth avery profile image80
      kenneth averyposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, if I only had the cash.

      1. Jacqueline4390 profile image87
        Jacqueline4390posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Dell was very happy to extend me credit and I was happy to take it. I really need up-to-date computers.

  2. mrpopo profile image74
    mrpopoposted 2 years ago

    What kind of games are you playing? And what're the graphic cards on the desktop and laptop?

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image87
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Both have the integrated cards. I had an older machine that I added an NVidia Card but not this new one. I play low to medium impact games. Nothing fancy right now. When I do get into high impact playing I will probably get an Alienware Unit.

      1. mrpopo profile image74
        mrpopoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        In that case I'm not sure what's making the laptop go slower. Is it running more applications or a newer version of Windows?

        As for the games, I'd say your granddaughter is wrong. What makes a video game a video game is the game itself, not whether it's being played by a console hooked onto a TV. Games that aren't typically considered video games are certain mobile games (Farmville) and board games (Solitaire).

        1. Jacqueline4390 profile image87
          Jacqueline4390posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          I agree 100% but she is in a majority of 1.

        2. Jacqueline4390 profile image87
          Jacqueline4390posted 2 years agoin reply to this

          Both are using Windows 10. Now that I think about it, desktop was 3.9 Ghz and laptop has 2.3 Ghz. Haha that has to be it. The clock speed makes the difference! Just had to think a second. Thanks for making me do that.

  3. Jacqueline4390 profile image87
    Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago

    I found out a ton of information from the "How-to Geek" website. Although clock-speed is important; its not the only thing that is. The ability of the computer to handle what you need handling is also a factor. I have a 15" Dell Laptop that is an AMD and is also out of its year's warranty (I think.) However, my 17" Intel i5 laptop is definitely not.

    I talked to my geeks at my local computer repair center and they told me that an SSD (Solid State Drive) would increase the workability of my laptop. I am definitely considering getting one. I have an SSD thumb drive and that little sucker gets really warm to the touch after a while. It transfers documents nicely, but it gets hot to the touch unlike the regular thumb drives that I have that do not.

    I will have to investigate this some more. I may need to investigate a forum that is dedicated to Geek Talk to explore what others are doing in the way of computer upgrades, etc. I know that upgrading your laptop is limited because of the specialization. However, its a lot easier to upgrade your desktop, as long as the motherboard is a late model. Some motherboards are a lot like the ones used in laptops: everything is soldered down and you can't add anything.

    I'd love to be able to add an NVidia card to my laptop! The graphic performance you be great for gaming. Oh well ... I guess I'll need to search the net for a good "how-to" or visit my local!


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