I have a PC and Dell XPS 15 9570 laptop with the following specs:
CPU: i5-6500 (3.20-3.60 GHz, 4 cores)
GPU: GTX 1050 2GB
Games installed on HDD
CPU: i7-8750H (2.20-4.1 GHz, 6 cores)
GPU: GTX 1050 Ti Max Q
Games installed on SSD
I was under the impression that the laptop would be better at gaming and multi-tasking since it seems to have a better GPU and CPU. However, I noticed that games run much smoother on the PC, even with multiple windows/programs open. For example, I can have Firefox open with videos streaming, a game open on another screen and a few Excel sheets open on another screen and I won't see a drop in performance in any of the programs.
If I do the same on the laptop, the videos in my browser often start to get choppy and the framerates on my game drops noticeably as well (around 10-20 fps difference). Even if I only have the game open on the laptop, it has less FPS on average and there are times when the FPS drops to around 10-30 (plugged in with full battery), whereas my PC's FPS rarely ever drops below 50.
I have heard that laptops with similar specs as a PC might not perform as well since it slows down if the temperature gets too high, but should it be this big of a difference given the above specs? Would it be worth it to buy one of those laptop cooling pads?
I did notice that the laptop had much shorter loading screens in games (maybe because it's on SSD), but that's about it. Also, the games I'm playing are usually Path of Exile or StarCraft 2 with both set to low-med graphics.