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Laptop Comparison for Rendering

I am a Architecture student and just want some other peoples opinion on what computer setup is better for run CAD and 3d programs.

The two setups that I like right now are:

Dell Mobile Precision M6600
Intel Core i7-2960XM Extreme Quad Core 2.70GHz 8MB,
16.0GB, DDR3-1600 SDRAM, 4 DIMM,
NVIDIA Quadro 5010M with 4GB GDDR5,
750GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel Centrino Advanced -N + WiMAX 6250
512GB 2.5" Dell Mobility Solid State


EON17-S
Intel Extreme Core i7 3940XM Quad-Core 3.0GHz , 8MB Cache
32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz (4 X 8GB)
Single 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
256GB Crucial M4
Genuine MS Windows 8 Professional 64-Bit Edition
Killer Wireless-N 1103
(2) 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s, 7200RPM,


FYI: I use Rhino, AutoCad, 3dsMax, and Maya
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  1. The second one is much better. It's processor and graphics card are both more powerful, and it has a much better graphics card.
  2. But arent the quadros designed for rendering or is the geforce cards getting better?
  3. Wouldnt the Quadros open gl ability make it better than the 680 or does open gl not affect speeds that much?
  4. Best answer
    Yes, OpenGL increases speed and performance, but not to the extent that it processes more than the 680M. Please read the links I posted. :/
  5. i'll choose the second one.
    however, the first one has a ssd hard disk, which is much faster when you run 3ds Max or Maya.

    ssd hard disk is good for loading data.

    so, still up to you!
  6. They both have a solid slate, the M4 is a solid slate just forgot to type it.
    So if the 680m is better for rendering would it be good to get 2 in sli? Or is sli mainly used for gaming?
  7. SLI boosts the performance up to 4 times that of the single card. If you're really going to be working with such high end stuff, then it makes sense. But I'm not entirely sure you'll need 2 680Ms...
  8. Best answer selected by buwish.
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