|If you're undervolting to stay within the cooling system's capacity then you're applying a manual throttle.|
I don't believe it works like that. I'm starving the CPU of power and telling it to work at the same clock speeds. This doesn't slow the CPU down, but instead gets rid of excess power consumption that would have only generated more heat.
|How hot does it get while running Prime95 under the "maximum heat" setting?|
I might try that out later.
|Exactly what magic do you think these equivalent laptops are pulling to do the same work for much less power?|
Two different components can use different amounts of power and achieve vastly different performance. A laptop version of a higher end CPU can outperform a desktop version of a lower spec CPU. Its about the design of the CPU itself.
|And if it is possible to optimize a component to such a degree, why wouldn't manufacturers apply those same optimizations to desktop computers?|
Again, a laptop version of a CPU can be lower powered than the desktop version, but that only means you need a higher spec CPU for the laptop to keep up. It can cost a little extra, but you'll receive comparable performance.
|It's interesting you mention affordability, because even if all I cared about was performance, I wouldn't be able to afford the absolute best laptop on the market (which would still be less capable than my computer anyway).|
The best laptop on the market is not as capable as your desktop? That's a bold claim, seeing how powerful some laptops are out there.
But going on price, I wouldn't compare desktop and laptop CPU prices. No one buys laptop CPUs directly, they come with the product and the end-user only worries about a single price tag.
|Admittedly they are expensive, but give it a couple of years, most folks will have them; the price will be much lower.|
Laptops usually lag behind a bit, but there will probably be a manufacturer integrating those components in a laptop at some point.
|Steam shop lists 788 titles with "SteamOS + Linux" filter. One of them is quite new, big, and Linux users claim that their version is clearly faster than the Windows version (due to OS; filesystem). Apparently they are very happy gaming without Windows.|
Sure, but there's over 30,000 games on steam for Windows. The game has to support Linux, the anti-cheat, etc.. I couldn't play the games that I play right now without Windows.
|Your search-fu is weak, young person|
I found my professors assignments online. In Japanese. My search-fu is quite strong sensei. But, here's an example of an issue I had. This was for my assembly class, and I was using DDD. I had an issue where the debugger on it would infinitely load. Google gave me literally nothing. I went onto stack overflow, they didn't figure it out.
After I solved the issue my self and posted the solution, a guy on there (who seems to be very knowledgeable about assembly and Linux), was very amused at what was causing the problem. The issue was that I needed a particular library installed, but the debugger never checks if it was installed before trying to open! Its a very tricky issue, especially since it was one of those things that you'd expect Linux to install for you by default.
|I did once sell my monitor before I got a new one. For some days I had to use Windows without display. Yes, you *CAN* do that, can you?|
Can I use Windows without a display? Why would I? I could SSH into it if I wanted to, but what would I do? Open up COD and game?
|Why would you assume that?|
Because you don't like it :) If you were as comfortable with Windows as I am, you probably would have no hate towards it. The same likely is true for me, if I was as comfortable with Linux as you were, I'd likely have a lot less hostility towards it. Its just an assumption based on what I deemed to be probable.
Didn't mean to send the space ship to Venus instead of Mars.