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User Info: Romulox28

Romulox28
4 weeks ago#1
As I get older, I find it increasingly more and more appealing to "downsize" my possessions, to free up some storage space (and headspace).

Right now I have a laptop I use for any kind of mobile needs, and a gaming desktop. What I'm thinking of doing is more or less ditching them both and getting a lightweight gaming laptop to cover home & away.

One thing that worries me is the performance of the GPU. I don't really play intensive games anymore (mostly anything with Blizzard stamped on it and the occasional PUBG match) so I don't need cutting edge performance, but I want something that will hold up.

If my laptop has, for example, a 1060 in it, how does that compare to a desktop class GPU? In theory, if my laptop had 16GB of RAM, the latest i7, and a 1060, would it perform exactly the same as a desktop PC with those same specs, or am I missing something here?
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User Info: ATARIJAWA

ATARIJAWA
4 weeks ago#2
laptops use desktop gpus now. you don't have A 1060m like you would have had a few years ago that were much weaker than the desktop versions. You have a slightly modified desktop 1060.
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User Info: Bossdog421

Bossdog421
4 weeks ago#3
The line is gone now.

The only real downsides to laptops are:

You'll pay a little more for portability (not as much as it used to be)
Heat can be an issue (I have never had overheating issues with Sager though)
Not really upgradable, so there is even more cost increase when it's time to upgrade (you'll need a new laptop)
New GPUs wont be released right away for laptops (no 2080 for laptops yet)
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User Info: Fade2black001

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4 weeks ago#4
Bossdog421 posted...
The line is gone now.

The only real downsides to laptops are:

You'll pay a little more for portability (not as much as it used to be)
Heat can be an issue (I have never had overheating issues with Sager though)
Not really upgradable, so there is even more cost increase when it's time to upgrade (you'll need a new laptop)
New GPUs wont be released right away for laptops (no 2080 for laptops yet)

300-500 bucks more isn't really a little for the portability for one
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User Info: GoIrish80

GoIrish80
4 weeks ago#5
I would say the CPU is a bigger difference in laptops now than GPU.

User Info: neroAngelo

neroAngelo
4 weeks ago#6
ATARIJAWA posted...
laptops use desktop gpus now. you don't have A 1060m like you would have had a few years ago that were much weaker than the desktop versions. You have a slightly modified desktop 1060.

Pretty sure laptop 1060s are still underclocked.
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User Info: Dave_rawkzorz

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4 weeks ago#7
neroAngelo posted...
ATARIJAWA posted...
laptops use desktop gpus now. you don't have A 1060m like you would have had a few years ago that were much weaker than the desktop versions. You have a slightly modified desktop 1060.

Pretty sure laptop 1060s are still underclocked.

Unless specifically stated to be a desktop GPU, laptop GPUs are still mobile versions that are underclocked and undervolted to perform 10-15% less than desktop models. Max-Q versions are underclocked even worse to keep thermals low in slim chassis models. IMHO the only GPUs worth getting as Max-Q are 1070 or 1080.
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User Info: Romulox28

Romulox28
4 weeks ago#8
Dave_rawkzorz posted...
neroAngelo posted...
ATARIJAWA posted...
laptops use desktop gpus now. you don't have A 1060m like you would have had a few years ago that were much weaker than the desktop versions. You have a slightly modified desktop 1060.

Pretty sure laptop 1060s are still underclocked.

Unless specifically stated to be a desktop GPU, laptop GPUs are still mobile versions that are underclocked and undervolted to perform 10-15% less than desktop models. Max-Q versions are underclocked even worse to keep thermals low in slim chassis models. IMHO the only GPUs worth getting as Max-Q are 1070 or 1080.

Still very cool to get through same GPU with only 10% less performance
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User Info: ganondorf77

ganondorf77
4 weeks ago#9
ATARIJAWA posted...
laptops use desktop gpus now. you don't have A 1060m like you would have had a few years ago that were much weaker than the desktop versions. You have a slightly modified desktop 1060.

"Slightly", but a 24*12*3 centimeter card is not at all the same as the chip and a couple of little additions implemented into a laptop. No matter if 90% of that slightly change is cooling. No way it's the same, removing the "m" in the model's name is just marketing for fool.
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GTRagnarok
4 weeks ago#10
ganondorf77 posted...
ATARIJAWA posted...
laptops use desktop gpus now. you don't have A 1060m like you would have had a few years ago that were much weaker than the desktop versions. You have a slightly modified desktop 1060.

"Slightly", but a 24*12*3 centimeter card is not at all the same as the chip and a couple of little additions implemented into a laptop. No matter if 90% of that slightly change is cooling. No way it's the same, removing the "m" in the model's name is just marketing for fool.

What are you going on about? They're literally the same desktop GPUs at heart, fully intact, with the same accompanying VRAM and all the circuitry needed to make it all run. The differentiating factor is the available space for the cooling solution and therefore the clockspeed. Desktop video cards are as big as they are not because they have to be but because they can be. There's a lot of space to work with so there's no reason not to make a big PCB to hold a large cooler to push the clock speed as high as possible. When space is an issue, those big PCBs can be condensed to a much smaller one as seen in "mini" video card variants. Not surprisingly, those mini PCBs look very similar to what you find in laptops.

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