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Which graphics card/laptop for CAD programs like Maya Rhino 3DMax

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December 29, 2010 8:17:44 PM

Hi guys,

I orginally bought a Dell laptop (4 years ago) specifically for using CAD programs.

It was a Dell Intel Core Duo 1.8Ghz, with 2GB Ram with Nvidia Quadro FX 2500 512MB graphics card which had options to change the ' Global Driver Settings' to a specific program, such as Maya, 3D Max, Solidworks and Microstation - but I never found the laptop to be of any use for 3D CAD programs/rendering. Rendering was impossible and navigating in 3D was very very slow.

I'm now looking to replace my old laptop with the new Dell XPS i7 L701X. It comes with a Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz, turbo up to 2.93GHz, 6MB Cache) Quad Core CPU, up to 16MB Ram and a choice of the following graphics cards:

1 GB GDDR5 for ATI FirePro M7820
or
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M with 3GB

Here's the link to the system I have in mind:
http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=...

Do you think it will be up to 3D CAD'ing and rendering??

Any advice much appreciated.
a b D Laptop
December 30, 2010 11:09:58 AM

for CAD= Fire Pro/ Fire GL/ quadro
for games= geforce/ radeon
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