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Workstation Laptop Graphics for CAD/Gaming?

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January 26, 2014 4:15:14 PM

I am looking around for a laptop for CAD (I'm taking an engineering course in high school) which I plan on using throughout the remainder of high school and a bit of college. Now, I'm looking at laptops because my Desktop is aging and I need to be able to take that kind of power with me to class for CAD work and notetaking in my other classes, and for some gaming in my spare time. I've been looking at laptops like the Lenovo w540 and the Dell m4800, and they all generally have an Nvidia Quadro K2100m or the AMD FirePro M5100 available as graphics solutions. What I want to know is how well they would do during a gaming session, say Minecraft, Garry's Mod, Portal 2, and Team Fortress 2 at max settings at 1080p for example. (I don't play extremely intensive games like Battlefield, or Crysis.)

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January 26, 2014 5:15:49 PM

if you are going for performance over portability, then i would go with the lenovo y410 gaming laptop. It is very thick, but it packs great power for the price. there is a link, just copy and paste into your search bar.
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...
If you are going more for portability than you are for performance, a great little ultrabook is the asus zenbook ux31a it is very light, and is great for internet and other things, but does not have the best in graphics performance.
https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_ZENBOOK_...
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January 26, 2014 6:32:44 PM

dpbetter2000 said:
if you are going for performance over portability, then i would go with the lenovo y410 gaming laptop. It is very thick, but it packs great power for the price. there is a link, just copy and paste into your search bar.
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...
If you are going more for portability than you are for performance, a great little ultrabook is the asus zenbook ux31a it is very light, and is great for internet and other things, but does not have the best in graphics performance.
https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_ZENBOOK_...


I explained that I need to do CAD on this thing, CAD software is its primary use. And I was asking if these workstation cards could handle the example games at max settings at 1080p. In no way am I purchasing an ultrabook due to the extreme lack of graphics power for CAD, and I'm not purchasing a gaming notebook because I need the professional card for CAD, gaming is just something I would do on the side in my limited free time. Again, my question was if these cards could handle those games at that resolution.
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January 26, 2014 7:09:02 PM

Sorry about that, i misunderstood your question. Based on the link below, the quadro should be able to handle all those games at medium to high settings, if not ultra. All of the benchmarks in that link are for higher end games, but you can infer the performance from them. If it can get 50 fps on high settings on bioshock infinite, it should be good for the games that you are trying to play.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-Quadro-K2100M.98900...
I would go with that one, as on the fire pro, i wasn't able to find any benchmark tests on it. Sorry again for the misunderstanding :) 
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January 27, 2014 3:14:43 AM

dpbetter2000 said:
Sorry about that, i misunderstood your question. Based on the link below, the quadro should be able to handle all those games at medium to high settings, if not ultra. All of the benchmarks in that link are for higher end games, but you can infer the performance from them. If it can get 50 fps on high settings on bioshock infinite, it should be good for the games that you are trying to play.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-Quadro-K2100M.98900...
I would go with that one, as on the fire pro, i wasn't able to find any benchmark tests on it. Sorry again for the misunderstanding :) 


Alright, thanks! Sorry for the confusion, I ususally try incorporating some backstory into my questions so that people understand what I'm trying to ask. Like this question, I was asking if it was possible to do some gaming in my spare time on a worstation card, rather than the thousands of questions of "Should I get a workstation card for gaming?" Again, thanks for the clarification, and a direct concise answer. :) 
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