What to buy - NVIDIA Quadro 1000M 2GB DDR3 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M?

Hi,

I'm looking to buy a new laptop today to catch the black Friday deals.
I need a laptop for CAD, some 3D and rendering, some graphics and heavy surfing (lets say, about 40 chrome tabs open at once :) )

I thinking about one of the following models, and my questions are - what would you recommend? do you think the difference between NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory and NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB worth the $650 difference (or maybe there are more differences? I'm afraid I'm not much of an expert...)


Thanks a lot in advance!


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these are the models:

ThinkPad W520
1400$


Processor

Intel Core i7-2760QM Processor (2.40GHz, 6MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)

Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64

Operating system language Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 English

Windows XP Mode Microsoft Windows 7 XP Mode - English

Display type 15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready

System graphics NVIDIA Quadro 1000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory

Total memory 8 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (4 DIMM)

Keyboard Keyboard US English

Pointing device UltraNav with TrackPoint & touchpad plus Fingerprint reader

Camera 720p Camera

Storage subsystem Internal RAID - Not Enabled

Hard drive 500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm

Optical device DVD recordable multiburner

System expansion slots Express Card Slot & 4 in 1 Card Reader

Battery 9 cell Li-Ion Battery - 55++

Power cord Country Pack North America with Line cord & 170W AC adapter

Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0

Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)

Integrated mobile broadband Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable

Language pack Language Pack US English

Microsoft productivity software preload Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 (North America) - English

Fingerprint Reader


41C9169 2Yr Base Warranty Extension


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ASUS N55SF
1190$


Intel® Core™ i7 2670QM/2630QM Processor

Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate

Intel® HM65 Express Chipset
DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 G SDRAM
15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768)/HD+ (1600x900)/Full HD (1920x1080) LED Backlight
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M 2GB DDR3 VRAM
2.5" SATA
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
OR:
500GB 7200rpm With 4 G SSD

Super-Multi DVD

3 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ MS/MS Pro Duo/ MMC)
HD Web Camera
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
Built-in Bluetooth™ V3.0+HS (Optional)
10/100/1000 Base T
1 x Microphone-in jack
1 x Headphone-out jack (SPDIF)
1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
1 x HDMI
Built-in Speakers And Microphone
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®
SonicMaster
6Cells : 5200 mAh 56 Whrs
Output :
19 V DC, 6.3 A, 120 W
19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90 W
Input :
100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
37.9 x 26.1 x 3.5 ~3.55 cm (WxDxH)
37.9 x 26.1 x 3.7 ~3.75 cm (WxDxH)
*1
2.7 kg (with 6 cell battery)
2-year limited International hardware warranty. *different by country
On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
OS (Windows 7 ) install/uninstall consultation
Bundled software install/uninstall consultation
ASUS software supporting
*1
37.9 x 26.1 x 3.5~3.55 cm (WxDxH) (Dual-core CPU type)
37.9 x 26.1 x 3.7~3.75 cm (WxDxH) (Qual-core CPU type)


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IdeaPad Y470 Laptop - 08552EU - Dusk Black
$859.50


System components
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor ( 2.2GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB
8 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
Integrated 2.0MP Camera
Industry Standard Touchpad
750GB 5400
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Intel 1000 BGN Wireless
Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
HDMI (Out)
None
One Year
Services and software
3Yr In-Home Warranty Next Business Day
Accessories
Wireless Mouse N3903A(US&WE-Metal)
Targus Eternity 15" Backpack CB2650
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More about what nvidia quadro 1000m ddr3 nvidia geforce 550m
  1. The only different between those cards is that the 1000m Quadro video card is that it's performance is ment for 3D design and so, the low end cards or about $2000 or less is useless awhile the upper price is much better... Get 550m than the Quadro...
  2. This topic has been moved from the section Graphics & Displays to section Laptops & Notebooks by Mousemonkey
  3. legendkiller said:
    The only different between those cards is that the 1000m Quadro video card is that it's performance is ment for 3D design and so, the low end cards or about $2000 or less is useless awhile the upper price is much better... Get 550m than the Quadro...



    Sorry, not sure I understand.... do you mean I should buy the ThinkPad W520 (1400$) with Quadro 1000M or the IdeaPad Y470 08552EU ($859.50) with the 550M?

    (by the way, I can also add 250$ and upgrade the W520 to Quadro 2000M).
  4. I'd love to hear more opinions - not just about the graphic card but also about the the laptops in general and what do you think will fit my needs best.

    Thanks guys!
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