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    Registered Users Posts: 188 ✭✭ DJW11


    Hi all,

    shopping for a mobile workstation at the moment, anyone here done this recently? will be used for cad programs and number crunching mostly. Has anyone here any up to date knowledge on cpu's and gpu's?


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  • got quoted this from pcspecialist:

    Chassis & Display Omega: 17.3" Gloss 90% Gamut Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
    Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3820 (3.6GHz) 10MB Cache
    Memory (RAM) 16GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (4 x 4GB)
    Graphics Card 2 x NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670MX - 3.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
    Memory - 1st Hard Disk 240GB INTEL® 335 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 500MB/sR | 450MB/sW)
    2nd Hard Disk 500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
    1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
    Memory Card Reader Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
    Thermal Paste STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
    Sound Card Intel 5.1 Channel High Definition Audio + SPDIF/MIC/Headphone Jack
    Network Facilities GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® N135 802.11N (150Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
    USB Options 3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
    Firewire 1 X 1394b FIREWIRE PORT
    Battery Omega Supreme Series 78.44WH Lithium Ion Battery
    Power Lead & Adaptor 1 x UK Power Lead & 300W AC Adaptor
    Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence (£79)
    Office Software FREE 60 Day Trial of Microsoft® Office® 2010 Professional Edition
    Anti-Virus BULLGUARD INTERNET SECURITY - FREE 90 DAY TRIAL
    Keyboard & Mouse INTEGRATED BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
    Mouse INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
    Webcam INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
    Warranty 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year
    Labour)
    Insurance 1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
    Delivery STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
    Build Time Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
    Price Ex VAT £1494.17
    Price £1793.00
    Quantity 1
    Total Order Price EX VAT £1494.17
    Total VAT Amount £298.83
    Total Order Price £1793.00

    any comments on this? my only query is the gpu for handling cad?




  • That's about as good as laptops get. Pcspecialist also have the best prices and options.

    Does that actually say 2 graphics cards above? Waste of money imo, just get 1. In my experience the second one provides little benefit and only introduces lots of hardware and software problems.

    If you need something better you are stuck with desktop.




  • yeah 2 gpus.. I dont know much about a 2nd gpu to be honest, i had a pc with a fireprov8800, was a beast but needed to sell cause i need the mobility, most confused about the gpu though. i know geforce cards are gaming cards but some people say they are fine, they have nvidia quadro k3000m but out of stock at the moment




  • also in the link: the radeon blows the nvidia out of the water for cad applications yet the sales guy on the phone told they are terrible....
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-GeForce-GTX-680M-vs-Radeon-HD-7970M.77110.0.html




  • Don't listen to any kind of sales person :)

    A gaming card will probably be fine for you. In the past the likes of nvidia used to do sneaky things like disable line AA on gaming cards (this would gimp them for cad) but this doesn't happen any more.

    I think modern quadro cards are optimised for drawing lots of lines (not important for games). Just buy a mid-range gaming card and you will be fine tbh. One thing is for sure, the quadro cards are awful for gaming performance (not that this may matter to you).

    Just get a normal mid/high-end gaming card and you will be fine. nVidia vs amd doesn't really matter, price does,


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