17" workstation, focus on cpu performance and low noise?

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  1. Mr.Screech

    Mr.Screech Notebook Enthusiast

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    In search of a 17" workstation laptop, using it for motion graphics/editing in an office environment.

    Important:
    low or no noise when idle, no high pitch whine at load (comparable to apple)
    CPU power
    upgradeable (ssd/ram)
    thunderbolt 3
    at least 100% srgb
    no pwm dimming

    Nice to have:
    16:10 screen
    numpad keyboard
    adobe rgb

    Not important:
    GPU power, as long as it has an nvidia card


    Standard questions below:
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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $3000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Desktop Replacement; 17"+
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Japan

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No.
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    After Effects, Premiere.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Weight is not an issue.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    No.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    None, always plugged in.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    No.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows.
    Hackintoshable, nice to have.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    16:10 preferable. 2560x1600+, 16:9 not a dealbreaker since most of have this aspect ratio.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    non glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    It should be sturdy.
    Preferrably not look gamey, not a dealbreaker.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    not important, I'll upgrade it myself.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Hopefully within 3 months.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    5+ years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    Not a big issue, have backup system.

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    Shipping is acceptable.

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  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The HP ZBook 17 G6, Dell Precision 7750, or ThinkPad P73 should fit the bill. I'd suggest you ask in our manufacturer-specific subforums about fan noise.

    The Asus ProArt StudioBook 17 is another consideration. I've used the 15" version of that and the fans are well controlled. It will probably end up being a little cheaper than the others I mentioned.

    Charles
     
  3. Ed. Yang

    Ed. Yang Notebook Deity

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    High performance CPUs, be it from the Red camp or the Blue camp, generates heat, as their average power consumptions are generally variable times higher than the U-class CPUs.
    In addition, the dGPU consumes power even if they're in idle.
    With those power consumptions, fans turned on. Fans turned on, it could get little... "sensible" even in quite environment.
     
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    Mr.Screech Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I've looked into the dell and although it looks perfect it's disgustingly more expensive in Japan.
    The asus seems insanely quiet according to reviews, so I have my target set for that one.

    I earlier was looking at huge clevo workstations, however after checking the puget benchmarks I came to the conclusion that a desktop cpu is not worth the few extra point you gain.
     
  5. TriBeard

    TriBeard Notebook Evangelist

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    This is just one reseller, but something like this might work: https://www.xmg.gg/en/xmg-apex-15

    It's a desktop replacement with a full blown ryzen 3950x inside. It's not going to give you quite the performance of a true desktop since the chip is more power limited, but it's almost certainly the fasted chip you can get in a laptop at this point. You could also look into the MSI Creator laptop, I believe it gets pretty good CPU performance as well considering it's form factor.
     
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    Ramzay Notebook Connoisseur

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    I think the new XPS 17 has many of those features, including 4x TB3 ports and a 16:10 screen. Pro/work version is called the Precision 5750.
     
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    I wish I could get a ryzen but it doesn't have thunderbolt 3.
    I'll take a look at the MSI Creator.

    The XPS 17 looks like the perfect system, however it has charging problems.
    Also Dell is insanely expensive here, somewhere around 50% more.
     
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    Hmmm...
    I'm just wondering... If AMD/ATI's is that bad to some, why is Apple keep using it in their ProBook? Which numbers of users worldwide are using as a WorkStation?

    Just wondering...
     
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