Author Topic: Laptops for AutoCAD?  (Read 2888 times)

Offline PopeyesPappy

Laptops for AutoCAD?
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:14:53 PM »
Can anybody recommend a good laptop for running AutoCAD?
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 08:09:07 PM »
That's a big list, AutoCAD can run on a wide range of systems. I can run it on my laptop and it's an older i3 system.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 08:49:51 PM »
I'm not looking for one it can run on. I'm looking for one that it will run well on. I know for instance that some video cards work better than others. I just don't know which ones.

I was looking at one of these.

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It's not for me. One of the guys I've got working on my program will be using it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 08:59:53 PM »
What program are you using?

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 09:01:31 PM »
That would likely kick AutoCAD's ass. I've seen AutoCAD and other similar programs run great on systems with far lower specs than that. Sure some video cards work better than others. The video on that machine may not be the best available but it's not likely a hindrance for running AutoCAD.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2013, 09:17:45 PM »
Quote from: "commonsense822"
What program are you using?

We will be buying a copy of AutoCAD 2013. Not the light version. We will extruding 3d blocks from 2d.
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2013, 10:07:22 PM »
Consider looking for laptops with discrete Nvidia GPUs.  Maybe an NForce board's integrated video would do, as it is an Nvidia chip.
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2013, 10:25:10 PM »
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Consider looking for laptops with discrete Nvidia GPUs.  Maybe an NForce board's integrated video would do, as it is an Nvidia chip.

The one I linked earlier has a NVIDIA Quadro K2000M. I guess that's good for what I want?
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2013, 11:01:38 PM »
It is.  :)  Just avoid anything that doesn't mention graphics or generically says "integrated".  That usually means the cheap Intel chip.
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 11:06:35 PM »
Thanks Kimmie!
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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2013, 11:13:10 PM »
Bitte Pappy!  :)
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Re: Laptops for AutoCAD?
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2013, 03:42:36 AM »
AutoCAD will run better, the better specs your computer has. More minor differences than for gaming though. You should be fine with the above suggestions.
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Re: Laptops for AutoCAD?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2013, 10:16:50 AM »
Quote from: "BlackL1ght"
AutoCAD will run better, the better specs your computer has. More minor differences than for gaming though. You should be fine with the above suggestions.
I guess that should have been the original the question. What are the minor differences between a gaming laptop and one used primarily for AutoCAD?
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2013, 03:19:52 PM »
Very little.  Both have good CPUs, RAM, bandwidth, video cards, etc.  Nvidia tends to tweak their CAD GPUs for that function and weaken their rendering rates for games while charging a premium, but years ago people figured out how to flash the roms to make the cheaper gaming GPUs perform exactly the same, and the CAD GPUs to have gaming performance.
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2013, 03:32:23 PM »
That reminds of the old days of the 486, where the only difference between an LS and DX was a switch on the motherboard.
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