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Comparing Cad Workstations

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May 6, 2009 9:32:52 PM

I am working with Catia Solid modeling and graphic illustrations:
I am wanting to compare the following:
Precision Mobile Workstation M6400 Laptop: COVET Edition, Intel Core 2 Quad QX9300 (2.53GHz, 12M L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
17 inch UltraSharp Wide Screen WUXGA RGB LED Edge 2 Edge
(1920x1200)RGB LED Edge 2 Edge Display, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz (2 DIMMs)
(2 open DIMM slots available for easy 8GB upgrade)
Dual 256GB SSD Hard Drives (512GB of Ultra FAST SAMSUNG Solid State)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M 1.0GB Discrete Memory
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Lenovo W700 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme processor
4GB of RAM
Bluray optical drive that reads and writes BDs, DVDs, and CDs.
500 GB total hard drive capacity via dual 250 GB drives - RAID 0
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 1GB discrete graphics

a b D Laptop
May 7, 2009 2:46:03 AM

What screen on the Lenovo?

Does your program take advantage of Quad cores?
May 7, 2009 7:06:27 PM

The Lenovo has the 17" WUXGA 400NIT TFT
I use Catia V5, UGnx5 and SolidWorks
I also use Nastran and Algore FEA modelers.
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a b D Laptop
May 7, 2009 9:51:20 PM

Do they take advantage of quad core CPUs?
May 8, 2009 9:16:56 PM

I am not sure; however, the web indicates some versions do and some do not. I will say they do based on a few blogs I was able to see. My desk top although slow is quad core and they run on it.

Also curious if Solid State technologies has developed enoung to be reliable for me. This may answer the whole question.
a b D Laptop
May 9, 2009 12:29:06 AM

I would get the quad core notebook, then.

SSD technology is very reliable, and is a good investment if you've the cash. Still, conventional hard disks are very good, decently fast, and quite reliable. In your case, I would be more worried about processing power than hard disks - but making those massive file loads shorter is nice.
a b D Laptop
May 27, 2009 4:18:46 PM

This is a notebook forum...
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