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The Best Laptop for 3D Modeling and Rendering?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by justmkollum, May 12, 2012.

  1. justmkollum

    justmkollum Newbie

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    Hello.

    I am in search for some of the best laptops made to do 3D Modeling, rendering and animation.

    I learned my lesson on NOT researching enough 3 years ago, when I bought my Acer Aspire 5251. It was a BIG piece of junk. Fell apart piece by piece. Long story short, it died 3 days ago, by having the power jack blow out. It stopped working, most likely from overheating. We've spent hundreds of dollars in fixing it. It's gone now. It was definitely not the right laptop for rendering and 3d modeling either. I will NEVER use Acer again!

    Now that it broke, I need a new laptop and the RIGHT laptop for the career I'm pursuing.

    I've done tons of research already, but I got very confused. Some of the articles were outdated with older laptops, but I want to know as of 2011-2012, what the best laptops are for 3D modeling, rendering and animation.

    I am going for video and game concentration in college.So I will be working with Autodesk 3D Max, Maya, Nuke, Adobe Flash, Photoshop, After Effects and more!

    Those are all big programs that require tons of storage space, a lot of RAM, a good processor and the fitting graphics card.


    What laptop out there is the best for 3D Modeling, Rendering, Animation, Photoshop, gaming and video?

    I don't care what the price is, as long as it's not too cheap. If I have to aim for $800-$1200,so be it!
    As long as it's a good brand, has a lot of hard drive space, lots of RAM, a good processor and a good graphics card.

    I just want to get reliable, quick and smooth rendering and 3D Navigation.

    What laptop do you people recommend me using for my career? I need a laptop badly in order to succeed in college!

    Thank you for your time.

    - Justin
     
  2. baii

    baii Sone

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    Probably a thinkpad w520 a quad i7 + quadro. Quadro 2000 may be a stretch for the budget?
    I believe w520 is the only model that offer workstation card at your budget. also hit out the dell outlet for dell precision
    It would help if you fill out the sticky form.

    Some NBR post this today in another thread
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dell-Precision-M6600-Core-i7-2760QM-1920X1080P-Quadro-3000M-2GB-Backlit-KB?item=160797743299&cmd=ViewItem&_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D4%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D8357236640173052894#ht_2591wt_1139
     
  3. msjgriffiths

    msjgriffiths Notebook Consultant

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    Well, not much in that budget range. Dell M4600/M6600; Thinkpad W520; HP 8560w/8760w.

    Try the Dell Outlet (Dell Factory Outlet: Error. Looks like there are a few at the upper end of your budget.

    Make sure you get a quad-core i7 - no i5s.
     
  4. justmkollum

    justmkollum Newbie

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    If I have to, I will go higher in price.

    If the better laptops are more expensive, then it's worth a shot. I just want some of the best computers possible.

    I would hate to go over $2,000 though. :eek2:
     
  5. frodoz737

    frodoz737 Notebook Consultant

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  6. justmkollum

    justmkollum Newbie

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    I think I found the perfect computer! It's in the budget I am going for.

    dv6tqe | HP Official Store

    Here are the specs:

    Intel Quad Core i7-2670QM (2.2 GHz) Processor
    8GB DDR3 System Memory (RAM)
    1TB Hard Drive
    15.6" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366x768)
    Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
    HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
    2 USB 3.0
     
  7. TreeTops Ranch

    TreeTops Ranch Notebook Evangelist

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    Those specs look good but I would think you would want a larger screen. A larger screen comes in mighty handy when doing video editing.
     
  8. frodoz737

    frodoz737 Notebook Consultant

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    You might want to re-think the screen "resolution". Just saying.
     
  9. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    3D max and Maya .. if you plan to use these heavily skip all gforce and radeon cards, and DONT even think of intel graphics, go for biggest CPU and a workstation card ( I use a quadro 5010m )

    photoshop 6, premier pro 6, ok ALL the CS6 suite no longer uses CUDA and moved to openGL. any GPU except kepler based gforce 600 series cards is good. Ati 7970 is by far the best right now ( accelleration is about 200% over 675 and which is the biggest of the non keplers )

    now the best possible is the m6600 and 8760W. not cheap but really made for it. the w520 is nice but limited on GPU'S and a but small IMO.
    on consumer side sager/clevo's equipped with 32gb ram, dual hard drives and a 7970 would be my choice even with the hit in maya/3dmax as if your doing that massive of renders I would hope you have access to use a rendering desktop with multiple cpu's

    and yes anything for photo/video/cad/rendering work 768 resolution is bad if its attached to anything bigger than a 14" for quick edits or fixes
     
  10. pepper_john

    pepper_john Notebook Deity

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    3D modeling on 766p screen?
     
  11. cuong4rt

    cuong4rt Newbie

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    hi all !
    I'm thinking to buy a laptop for software 3ds max , auto Cad , photoshop v.v..
    I intend the following computer
    laptop 1:
    ASUS G75VW RH71
    Intel i7-3630QM 2.40 Ghz (x 8 threads)
    3GB NVidia Geforce GTX 670M GDDR5 Graphics Card
    SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual Layer
    RAM: 16 GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz
    Hard Drive: 750GB 7200RPM HDD #1
    laptop 2:
    DELL Precision M6700
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3520M Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
    Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz
    HDD: 750GB Sata II 7200RPM
    VGA: AMD Firepro M6000 2GB Mobility - Professional Graphics for Mobile Workstations
    Display: 17.3 FHD (1920x1080) Dell Ultrasharp ,anti-glare, LED-backlit, Premium Panel Guarantee7
    Optical drive: Slot load DVD+/-RW | Keyboard back-lit
    Other: Webcam , USB 4.0 , HDMi , Dishplay port , 1394a , VGA out , eSata , dock conection
    Wireless: Intel Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300 3x3 , b/g/n; Lan 10/100/1000 Mbps
    Battery: 9-cell (97Wh)
    Weight: 3.5 Kg
    Software: Window 7 Professional 64bit
    laptop 3 :
    HP 8560W
    i think vote for laptop 2 . If anyone can think more clearly or help me . My English vocabulary is very bad, sorry :)
     
  12. TheGoat Eater

    TheGoat Eater Notebook Consultant

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    MSI Workstation GT60 0NG-294US is the winner in my book :) . Quadro, great screen, good CPU, 15"~, many options for upgrading, killer keyboard, and other great specs ... build quality :).


    Learn more about the MSI GT60 0NG-294US
    Model

    Brand MSI
    Series WorkStation Series
    Model GT60 0NG-294US
    Part# 9S7-16F341-294
    General
    Color Brush Aluminum Black
    Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    CPU Type Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz
    Screen 15.6"
    Memory Size 12GB DDR3
    Hard Disk 750GB
    Optical Drive Blu-Ray Burner
    Graphics Card NVIDIA Quadro K2000M 3D Graphics
    Video Memory 2GB
    Communication Killer Gaming Network
    Dimensions 14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77"
    Weight 7.7 lbs
    Other Features Intel Wireless Display
    CPU
    CPU Type Intel Core i7
    CPU Speed 3630QM(2.40GHz)
    CPU Support 6MB L3 Cache Max Turbo Frequency 3.4 GHz
    Chipset
    Chipset Intel HM77
    Display
    Screen Size 15.6"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    Resolution 1920 x 1080
    LCD Features 95% NTSC Non Reflection
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

    Graphics
    GPU/VPU NVIDIA Quadro K2000M 3D Graphics
    Video Memory Dedicated 2GB
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HDD 750GB
    HDD RPM 7200rpm
    HDD Interface SATA
    Memory
    Memory 12GB
    Memory Speed DDR3 1600
    Memory Spec 4GB x 3
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type Blu-Ray Burner
    Communications
    LAN Killer Gaming Network
    WLAN Jackson Peak2x2 (802.11 b/g/n)
    Bluetooth Yes
    Ports
    USB 3 x USB 3.0 1 x USB 2.0
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x Mini DisplayPort
    HDMI 1 x HDMI
    Audio Ports 1 x Microphone jack; 1 x Headphone jack
    Audio
    Audio THX TruStudio PRO
    Speaker Premium Speakers w/ Subwoofer
    Input Device
    Touchpad Multi Touch
    Keyboard Full-Color Programmable Backlit Keyboard by SteelSeries
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 7-in-1 Card Reader(SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MMC)
    Webcam 720P HD Webcam
    General
    Style Standard
    Type Gaming & Entertainment
    Usage Consumer
    Power
    AC Adapter 180-watt AC adapter
    Battery 9-cell lithium ion
    Physical Specifications
    Dimensions 14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77"
    Weight 7.7 lbs.
     
  13. Tmets

    Tmets De-evolving to Amoeba

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    Avoid Nvidia 6xxm series GPUs as they are rubbish with CUDA or Open CL/GL. Quadro, Firepro or an AMD GPU is what you want. Of the two, the Dell is by far the best, but HP and Lenovo workstations are also worth a look.
     
  14. Jarhead

    Jarhead Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Agreed with Tmets on the GeForce issue. Though it would be helpful if you filled out the sticky and post your own thread instead.
     
  15. cuong4rt

    cuong4rt Newbie

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    thanks !
    re have a solution that another for your laptop 17" ?
    you can tell me a specific laptop line? where I live is very limited in the products that you offer . :(
    according to my knowledge is known....
    rendering used GPU
    layer, modeling ... use RAM
    the sharpness of the image use VGA( FX, Fripro )
    persistence...v.v... use Workstaion , laptop for gamer ?
    buy 1 or 2 or 3, 4?
    1 - ASUS G75VW RH71
    2- HP 8560W
    3- DELL Precision M6700
    4- W8760
    please let me know a number ... ! thanks ^^ :D i have $1600
     
  16. Jarhead

    Jarhead Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    For the sort of work you're planning on doing, I highly recommend narrowing your decision down to either the 8560w or the M6700 workstations. The Asus and other models are gaming laptops, and thus won't be optimized for professional application work.
     
  17. cuong4rt

    cuong4rt Newbie

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  18. Jarhead

    Jarhead Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    If I understand your question correctly (do 3DMark 03 scores relate to 3DSMax), then no, they don't. 3DMark is a gaming benchmark (and 03 is a very old version to boot) and thus measures different things than what would be relevant to professional rendering software like 3DSMax.
     
  19. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    for 3d modeling you look more at SPECviewperf 11, Catia, Lightwave, Pro/Engineer and SolidWorks benchmarks. 3dmark etc are absolutely a useless comparison for CAD and rendering type applications in 90% of applocations
     
  20. Jarhead

    Jarhead Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    A few Clevo resellers also offer NBR discounts. XoticPC, off the top of my head, probably more though. I'd suggest you shop around and see who offers a give configuration for the least amount of money.
     

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