Just Ordered a Costco i7 12GB RAM A5, Your Thoughts?

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  1. therock

    therock Notebook Consultant

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    I have not been here in a while or keeping up with the tech.............

    So........ I don't game but I do batch processing in Photoshop and Sony Vegas. I also don't mind overkill if it will padd my future tech if you know what I mean. I build my own PC's having a nice liquid cooled unit now I like to spec out as best I can.

    But I have an old worn out HP Pavilion DV6000t that got over heated a few times driving me crazy and the budget for the laptop is not that of my Desktop.

    I know the exact color accuracy will not be there and I only do the final release on my calibrated display desktop work station at home. The laptop will be for work in the field when I travel.

    So having a Costco I pass everyday with the 90 day return and warranty extension policy I see this i7 7500U, 12GB RAM 256 SSD,1080 display with a dedicated GPU for $599.97 I just had to go for it. I have an external optical drive I rarely use.
    I also like the empty drive bay because I have a Sandisk 1TB SSD on the shelf.

    What do you guys know or think?
     
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    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    Not bad for the price but don't expect miracles. THe 7500U is still a dual-core CPU with a hard TDP limit at 15W meaning it can't really use it's full boost clocks.
     
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    therock Notebook Consultant

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    Copy that. I don't think I'll hit the wall on this one.
     
  4. therock

    therock Notebook Consultant

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    Well, I was talking with a fellow Sony Vegas user, we sometimes have to process lengthy investigation videos on the road, he said I better bump up the processor, storage, and GPU if at all possible so I am looking at these two Costco items.
    Acer Nitro
    And another Acer A5 but beefed up a little.

    They are the same price with the Nitro having the i7-7700HQ and 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics no added storage.
    I'm trying to figure out what the A5 has that makes it the same price? The 12GB RAM (vs. 8GB nitro) and 1TB Storage? I have a 1TB Sandisk X400 SSD.

    What would you pick?
     
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    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    The Nitro 5 is an overheating mess - I'd strongly suggest staying away from it.

    Sony Vegas really likes AMD cards - even an RX 560 low-end card will likely be better than a 1060 in that software simply because it's absurdly well-optimized for OpenCL and doesn't really use CUDA too well.
    [​IMG]

    If work is important and this software is the focal point - I'd suggest looking for an HP Omen 15 with an RX 570/580 and a 7700HQ. It will cost more but perform MUCH better in both games and professional software. If that is too much, the Dell Inspirons sometimes come with an RX 560 and that will also be better in Sony Vegas (though it will be the same as a 1050 in games)
     
  6. therock

    therock Notebook Consultant

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    Mercy,

    It seems can't see the forest for the trees.
    Thanks, I'll give it a study. I did decide against the i7-7700HQ in the Nitro over the i7-8550U because of the energy savings. We go on battery often.
    I do know I will not open the box on the A5 on the truck now.
     
  7. therock

    therock Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks guys. I ended up with the Acer A5 15.6"
    • Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor at 1.8GHz
    • 12GB DDR4 RAM
    • 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    • No Optical Drive
    • Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64 bit)
    • 15.6" FHD Widescreen LED-backlit IPS (1920 x 1080) Display
    • 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Graphics
    I rand a few test renders in Vegas well enough to sell me on it. I was surprised to see A WD Blue HDD installed. Usually its an off brand. I still swapped in my Sandisk 1TB SSD X400.

    Pretty snappy, love the instantaneous boots.

     
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  8. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    The days of odd unknown HDDs are long over. Now, it's either WD, Toshiba, Samsung, Hitachi or Seagate.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    That's because those are the only companies left making spinners. LOL
     
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  10. Starlight5

    Starlight5 I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    What about Max Digital? Did they just buy old equipment from WD or what?
     
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