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Feedback on New Laptop Configuration for 3D Work under $1500

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March 31, 2013 8:21:14 AM

I'll mostly be using this on desks with power plugged in and connected to a large desktop monitor.

Display

15.6" 16:9 Full HD (1920x1080) Matte or Glossy LED backlit LCD

Video Graphics & Memory

nVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670M 192bit w/1.5GB GDDR5

Processor & Chipset

Intel Core i7-3630QM (2.4~3.4GHz) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads

IC Diamond Thermal Compound applied to CPU + GPU

Operating System

Windows 7 Premium - 64-Bit w/Full Version OEM + Drivers & Utilities Disks

Main Memory

16GB (4x 4GB) DDR3/1600 Dual Channel Memory

Primary Hard Drive

120GB Samsung 840 Series SATA III Solid State Drive

Secondary Hard Drive

500GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive

Optical Drive

Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive

7-in-1 Card Reader

SD/SDHC/SDXC - xD - MSPRO/MS/MM

Video Camera

720P HD Webcam

LAN/WLAN

Intel� Centrino� Wireless-N 2230 Wireless Card + Bluetooth 4.0 (Single Band)
10/100/1000 Base T RJ45 Jack Ethernet

Interface

1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x USB 2.0 ports
3 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x eSATA port
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI X Port

Audio

Premium Speakers - 2 Stereo + Subwoofer
4 Multi-purpose Audio Jacks (Supports 7.1 Surround Sound)

Battery Pack

9 cells

AC Adapter

Output: 19V DC - 180 Watts
Input:100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

Dimension & Weight

14.97 x 10.24 x 1.77 in (W x D x H)
7.6lbs, (with 9 cell battery)
March 31, 2013 9:21:16 AM

dMillerUFC said:
I'll mostly be using this on desks with power plugged in and connected to a large desktop monitor.

Display

15.6" 16:9 Full HD (1920x1080) Matte or Glossy LED backlit LCD

Video Graphics & Memory

nVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670M 192bit w/1.5GB GDDR5

Processor & Chipset

Intel Core i7-3630QM (2.4~3.4GHz) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores - 8 Threads

IC Diamond Thermal Compound applied to CPU + GPU

Operating System

Windows 7 Premium - 64-Bit w/Full Version OEM + Drivers & Utilities Disks

Main Memory

16GB (4x 4GB) DDR3/1600 Dual Channel Memory

Primary Hard Drive

120GB Samsung 840 Series SATA III Solid State Drive

Secondary Hard Drive

500GB SATA II 3GB/s 7,200 RPM Hard Drive

Optical Drive

Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive

7-in-1 Card Reader

SD/SDHC/SDXC - xD - MSPRO/MS/MM

Video Camera

720P HD Webcam

LAN/WLAN

Intel� Centrino� Wireless-N 2230 Wireless Card + Bluetooth 4.0 (Single Band)
10/100/1000 Base T RJ45 Jack Ethernet

Interface

1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
1 x USB 2.0 ports
3 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x eSATA port
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI X Port

Audio

Premium Speakers - 2 Stereo + Subwoofer
4 Multi-purpose Audio Jacks (Supports 7.1 Surround Sound)

Battery Pack

9 cells

AC Adapter

Output: 19V DC - 180 Watts
Input:100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

Dimension & Weight

14.97 x 10.24 x 1.77 in (W x D x H)
7.6lbs, (with 9 cell battery)


Are you always going to use it on desks and with a monitor? You'd probably get better bang for the buck making a small carry-able desktop with an actual workstation card. Also, that's a gaming machine, which will do OK with real work, but if you are actually doing real work you probably want an actual professional card designed for work rather than a gaming card.


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March 31, 2013 10:14:23 AM

Traciatim said:

Are you always going to use it on desks and with a monitor? You'd probably get better bang for the buck making a small carry-able desktop with an actual workstation card. Also, that's a gaming machine, which will do OK with real work, but if you are actually doing real work you probably want an actual professional card designed for work rather than a gaming card.


Hello, would the small desktops be as portable? I need to carry it with me daily. Also, I believe that video card was one of the recommended video cards from Adobe for CS6 apps.
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March 31, 2013 10:19:46 AM

I wouldn't call a SFF PC as portable as a laptop, but it would still fit in a backpack. I thought you meant 3D work like actual 3D (CAD, 3DS, or similar) not Photoshop. They don't happen to have a laptop with a 7970M do they?
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March 31, 2013 10:30:40 AM

Traciatim said:
I wouldn't call a SFF PC as portable as a laptop, but it would still fit in a backpack. I thought you meant 3D work like actual 3D (CAD, 3DS, or similar) not Photoshop. They don't happen to have a laptop with a 7970M do they?

The ones with 7970M I've looked at are around $500 more (probably higher quality on other components as well)

I do alot of After Effects motion graphics work, and that card was one of the recommended cards.

I also use Cinema 4D for 3D work, and their support said it relies more on CPU than graphics card.
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March 31, 2013 10:38:49 AM

For those work loads I think you picked a pretty good deal then. I still think it might be an interesting option to make a SFF PC (especially if you get a case with a handle and carry it like a lunch box ;)  )

It would be upgradeable, and you'd get a lot more power out of it. It's just you can't use it when you aren't at your desk.


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