How Far Behind are Gaming Laptops from Desktop Computers When it Comes to Performance?

The battle between PC and laptop when it comes to gaming has been going for quite some time now. It has been a constant battle of who is a more superior gaming machine. According to Tech Feast, a lot of gamers prefer desktop computers over a laptop because of its excellent performance, but the laptop has come a long way since the old ages, and people picking a laptop over desktop computers has been on a steady rise.

 What’s the difference?

The biggest difference between the two is the performance. Desktop computers are more powerful than laptops when it comes to performance to cost ratio. Because of this significant difference, desktop computers will always have space to upgrade, and more breathing room for their components, which means more flexibility and power for the device. Because laptops need to be portable, they are constrained, and no matter how desperately you want to put GTX 980M in the device to be more competitive, the law of thermodynamics will not allow you to do so. But because of the advancement in technologies and the creativity of the engineers, the gap between laptops and desktop computers is going smaller exponentially.

 GPU Performance

Top end, newer microchips, like those in 980M, are only 25% less powerful compared to their full-sized counterpart. When it comes to GPU performance, laptops used for gaming have come a long way. Thanks to the ingenuity, dedication and engineering of NVIDIA, people have more options if they want a more enjoyable gaming experience with the highest quality detail. But if you have been up to date with the technology’s progress, you’d know that gaming in a 4K resolution is not an impossibility. It is the future of the gaming world. Because of this, laptops can’t compete with desktop computers when it comes to providing twice as many polygons within the same space.


Asus ROG 6501, one of the newest and the best GPU in the market today, is attempting to close the gap between PC and laptops by packing 4K display in its units. But unfortunately, their GTX 960M was not anywhere near to 4K gaming experience, which makes pitting 5K resolution screen useless in the first place. The result? It is no contest, even with Maxwell at its back, gaming laptop GPUs can’t keep up with desktop computers in this department, not yet.

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CPU Performance

The gap between laptop and desktop computers in the CPU performance department is closer than the graphics section gap, but there’s still a difference. The CPU, laptop uses, is like a toned-down version of what desktop computers use. That’s because netbooks don’t have the cooling mechanism like liquid radiators or fans that desktops have. According to the tests, Velocity Micro’s latest micro-tower, the Z40 overclocked i7-4790k gets a 16,938 score with Geekbench multi-core run. The G501 with an i7-4720HQ only got three-fourths of what Z40 got at 12,230 in the same classification.

Both Z40 and G501 are first-rate in their respective class and cost almost the same. In the gaming world, the cost does not matter. Good games need high-quality GPUs and CPUs. If you want to experience high-quality gaming experience, you need to buy the top-of-the-line gears.


This section is leaning towards desktop computers, no doubt. If you are looking for a quality machine and planning to upgrade later, the only way is to buy a desktop computer. Most laptops for gaming have removable hard drives that you can update and 4 RAM slots if you want to add more, but that’s it, you are pretty stuck with the what is inside your laptop. Even if you’re going to change the GPU of your unit, it will be costly, that it is better to buy a new gaming laptop with better quality. On the other hand, desktop computers are like Legos for the big boys. There are endless combinations of video cards, hard drives, RAM configurations, motherboards, power supplies, cases and CPUs, that can be complimented depending on the user’s preference and how much they are willing to pay for it.


It is where value becomes very important. If you are paying more money for a laptop that is less powerful compared to a desktop computer, then it will be a bad deal. Some high-end desktops computers are half the price of a laptop. But, when you think of the portability of the unit, as well as play games on the go, then the difference in their price will be worth it because you already have a functional unit, with a built-in monitor, mouse and keyboard.