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Desktop vs. laptop performance is hard to compare because laptops generally have special power-saving hardware installed.
I just wanted to know if there's a difference between the performance of a desktop and a laptop of the same specifications? If so, why and by how much percentage?
In this excerpt from Answercast #83, I look at the difference between laptops and desktops in terms of performance and power settings.
Well, to answer the letter of your question, no. Two computers with the same specifications should have the same performance regardless of how they're physically packaged. Be it a laptop or desktop.
Ultimately, though, the reality of the situation is that desktops and laptops are very different machines and they rarely have identical specifications.
Laptops tend to use processors that are more power aware, more power saving, and one of the ways that laptop CPUs use less power is occasionally by being slower.
The same may be true for RAM. The same may also definitely be true for the hard disks that are installed. Many laptops include lower power hard drives that are somewhat slower than a comparable desktop machine.
So, the ultimate answer to your question is sure, absolutely. If you can find a desktop and a laptop that have identical hardware configurations, they should have identical performance.
My claim is that you will not be able to find two machines, in those two different configurations, that have identical hardware configurations - simply because the hardware chosen for each respective configuration is targeted to the typical use for that machine: desktop versus laptop.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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