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    I use a desktop because I don't ever need to move it. I will probably change to a laptop when I next upgrade because I have vague intentions of needing to move it a lot more in the future.
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    (Original post by natninja)
    You missed one, a laptop with the same power would experience degradation of it's components faster as a) they are necessarily smaller and b) the cooling system won't be as efficient (and isn't part of performance in terms of computing power)
    I sort of agree but I think cooling system should be included in performance. Simply because you can have the most amazing components but if you can't cool them you won't be doing anything.

    Thermal throttling also directly impacts performance which is a result of your cooling system. So you can actually say that cooling will have a direct impact on performance.
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    (Original post by Acsel)
    I sort of agree but I think cooling system should be included in performance. Simply because you can have the most amazing components but if you can't cool them you won't be doing anything.

    Thermal throttling also directly impacts performance which is a result of your cooling system. So you can actually say that cooling will have a direct impact on performance.
    In which case we have either an enormous laptop (which kind of defeats the point) or a desktop with a puny cooling system...
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    (Original post by natninja)
    In which case we have either an enormous laptop (which kind of defeats the point) or a desktop with a puny cooling system...
    Seeing as the question is entirely hypothetical I think we'd have to assume that if a laptop magically had the same performance as a desktop we would have made advances in cooling as well. Therefore a laptop would have adequate cooling to run the components.

    Realistically speaking we have enormous laptops today. You can buy a 17" monster with decent performance and it'll weigh a load. People still use them. If we were in a position where a laptop could match a desktop it's reasonably fair to assume that if anything it would be smaller and lighter than todays machines. While also giving off less heat. Not that we'll be there for years.

    Cooling is a major issue with todays laptops. But if we were comparing a hypothetical laptop that matches a desktop on performance you'd have to say that laptop had adequate cooling. Otherwise you can't really say it matches the performance of a desktop.
 
 
 
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