I have a laptop that I have been using for gaming. The laptop isn't extremely powerful but it is good enough that I can run most console ports at a slightly higher resolution and with more features on then what would be capable on an Xbox 360 and PS3. Here are my specs:
Windows 7 64-bit
8 GB of ram
AMD A8-3500 M APU (It's a quad-core CPU with 1.5 Ghz per core)
450 GB SSD with 150 GB free
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
So my laptop won't set the PC world on fire. But I've noticed that, while I can run most games at a quality slightly above the Xbox 360 and PS3, some games I can run really, really well and others I can barely run at all. I'm curious as to why this is. For example, Sleeping Dogs, with the high resolution texture pack and with most things on high at 1280x768, runs between 30-60 fps. Trine 2 runs at 1280x768 at the very high setting and with anti-aliasing on 4X runs at nearly 60 fps with very few hitches. But Saints Row the Third, which was supposed to be a really good port, runs like shit on my system. Even with everything on low at 1280x768 I can barely get a steady 30 fps. The only thing I can think of is that Saints Row requires more of the graphics capabilities of my laptop whereas Sleeping Dogs and Trine 2 utilizes the stronger components of my computer. Does that sound accurate? What else could cause this difference? Is there something I could do to optimize my computer beyond the normal cleaning we all do?