Better Specs, More Lag

When playing The Witcher 2 on my laptop, I can only set it at medium graphics without lag, but then there is no lag during movement and normal play. With my desktop, which has better specs, I can set it at high or even ultra without lag, but every time the character moves, such as swinging his sword, the game becomes unplayable until the animation is over. The laptop has the same amount of RAM, but a 7200 RPM hard drive while the desktop has a 5400 RPM (and it is mostly full). Would such issues be cause only by hard drive speed or could there be another factor? I have noticed this in other games too, such as Infamous, where the world is continuous and has to load as you play.
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  1. I hate to ask but could you please post both your laptop and your desktop's spec's. This way we can see if your hardwear is the cause or not.
  2. Desktop
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    6.00 GB RAM
    AMD Phenom II X4 925 Processor 2.8 GHz
    5400 RPM 500Gb HDD

    Laptop
    ATI Radeon HD 5870
    6.00 GB RAM
    Intel Core i7 Q740 1.73 GHz
    7200 RPM 500Gb HDD

    Both Windows 7 64-bit
  3. TheObliderator said:
    Desktop
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
    6.00 GB RAM
    AMD Phenom II X4 925 Processor 2.8 GHz
    5400 RPM 500Gb HDD

    Laptop
    ATI Radeon HD 5870
    6.00 GB RAM
    Intel Core i7 Q740 1.73 GHz
    7200 RPM 500Gb HDD

    Both Windows 7 64-bit


    So where is the problem? if i understood it right, you are saying that on higher specs, there is more lag...

    But the question is, when you set it to medium on the desktop, is there lag? maybe one of the options you are adding like motion blur,super sampling, or something, is what causes the animation lag... you need to tweak the graphics removing this specific effect... if you have this lag on the same specs than notebook, then you could say something was wrong... your video card can handle more graphics. but not as much as you think, you need to tweak that...

    i don't belive HD speed will influence in that.

    EDIT: now i read that hd is almost full, try clearing some space, at least 10gb free. i already experienced lag in witcher 2 when my hd was totally full.
  4. uber sampling on or off, should be off.
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