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I'm placing this thread here because I'm assuming it has to do with the GPUs, but I'm probably wrong so sorry about that. Alright, so my laptop paired with an HD 4650M and a max res of 1366x768 has definitely shown its age over the years, and most of today's games can't be played with decent frames. However, something I've noticed while playing(let's use Serious Sam 3 for example) On all low settings my game hovers ~ 30-35 fps, and on my desktop(sig rig) at high settings my fps is usually always above 40. I play at 1080p on my desktop btw.

One thing I immediately notice on my desktop when it gets hectic and drop to the ~ 30 fps range it feels extremely sluggish and stuttery even though I'm always above 30 fps. However, on my laptop, even when I drop below 30, it never feels stuttery. The lower the framerate in a game played on my laptop, my mouse movements are just more delayed, but looking around is "smooth" to an extent. It's extremely different comparing my desktop at those frames. Is this an Nvidia vs. AMD thing? Both are 60 hz displays as well.
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I also noticed the same thing. When I first started PC gaming in 07, I had a Gateway P6831FX laptop and I got like 20-25 fps in Crysis and it seemed to play fine but when my friend was playing it on his desktop and got down to those frames, you could definitely tell.
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I guess I can related. Portal on my Lenovo R61 w/ Intel onboard graphics seemed to run Portal better on a much lower resolution than my desktop did at a higher resolution/fps.

 

Maybe it has to do with more consistent frames or the lower resolution?

 

This is definitely something I'd like to know myself.

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Perhaps it's because the lower resolution/smaller screen requires less fps for it to seem smooth to our eyes?

I've sorta noticed the same thing with League of Legends on my friend's Gateway desktop and my netbook (his desktop pulls around 20fps, my netbook pulls around 20fps, but my netbook sorta looks smoother)
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Originally Posted by GuardianDuo View Post

Perhaps it's because the lower resolution/smaller screen requires less fps for it to seem smooth to our eyes?

I'm starting to think it's something like that that is causing this phenomenon. Would be great for someone knowledgeable about this to confirm.
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I really don't know forsure, but I'd assume it's all in our heads. I noticed the same thing tongue.gif
I got 25ish FPS on my laptop, and 25 on my old C2D w/ a 3870 desktop. The Laptop seemed better, I'd assume it's 1/2 in our heads because it's a laptop... and 1/2 because of the resolution... lower = needs less fps to seem "smoother"
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I'd like to sound off that I play Just Cause 2 on my Alienware M15x and at 20 or 22 fps, it looks DANG GOOD. I run it on all max settings on my GTX260m @ 1920x1080. No problems at all. Looks really smooth. Then I've played it at 30-35fps on a 23" @ 1920x1080. And it looks fail. confused.gif
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post

I'd like to sound off that I play Just Cause 2 on my Alienware M15x and at 20 or 22 fps, it looks DANG GOOD. I run it on all max settings on my GTX260m @ 1920x1080. No problems at all. Looks really smooth. Then I've played it at 30-35fps on a 23" @ 1920x1080. And it looks fail. confused.gif

What's your desktop GPU? Trying to narrow this down to possibly a nvidia vs AMD thing.
Edited by venomblade - 1/25/12 at 6:38pm
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