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I am in the market for a laptop that can handle mostly solidworks, and machinery programming software. I have a budget of $2500- 3000. Looking for something super fast and that can handle everything with little lag. 

 

Does anyone have any suggestions or current users input?

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3 minutes ago, Tailgate11 said:

I am in the market for a laptop that can handle mostly solidworks, and machinery programming software. I have a budget of $2500- 3000. Looking for something super fast and that can handle everything with little lag. 

 

Does anyone have any suggestions or current users input?

Anything with the highest Single Core speed CPU and really any form of dedicated GPU. Solidworks is relatively CPU heavy (In comparison to how much it needs a GPU) and only takes advantage of one core when doing day to day modeling. Solidworks does tend to prefer a workstation GPU over a gaming one (Unlike inventor that doesnt seem to really care) so that might also be a consideration

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Are there any preferences for thin an light? Or battery life?

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I know thin and battery dosent really go together. In the event im away from my desk i should have a plugin relitive close by. Not planning on programming from the beach with a cold drink in my hand. Lol. It will mostely be docked at the desk then brought home or to the floor to work. I prefer performance over anything. 

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I'm currently running a P52 with a Quadro 2000 and am quite pleased with it. The included programs were annoying, but you can just delete 'em.

The laptop isn't light but has a 90Wh battery. The screen is disappointing with quite a bit of bleedthrough from pixel to pixel. It hasn't throttled - even under full synthetic.

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True mobile workstations like Thinkpad P52/P72, Precision 7530/7730 and Zbook 15/17 G5

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3 hours ago, Tailgate11 said:

What size ram would you guys suggest? 

At least 16GB, it's usually cheaper to do the upgrades by yourself

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23 hours ago, Imbellis said:

I'm currently running a P52 with a Quadro 2000 and am quite pleased with it. The included programs were annoying, but you can just delete 'em.

The laptop isn't light but has a 90Wh battery. The screen is disappointing with quite a bit of bleedthrough from pixel to pixel. It hasn't throttled - even under full synthetic.

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Got it for ~$1300 with a discount.

Are you running intel or xeon? 

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Intel is a producer while Xeon is a specific skew (Ex. i3, i5, i7). I'm running an Intel Xeon E02176M.

 

Here's a simple breakdown for general use cases (At least in the past. This has shifted a bit for high-end gaming up  to i7s.):

Gaming = i5

Rendering / Editing = i7

Servers / Heavy Workloads = Xeon

 

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Xeon mobile chips are only useful if you need to extra features like ECC RAM. They will only provide minimal CPU performance improvement due to thermal limitation

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This is what I am ordering, anyone see any issues or recommendations? not going with a SSD just because all of our work is saved to the server for the most part anyways so i figured that the regular 500g HD would be sufficient. If need be I can add to it later on. Also going to get the Thunderbolt 3 dock also for work. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Tailgate11 said:

Intel® Xeon® E-2176M

On 11/11/2018 at 3:40 PM, GeneXiS_X said:

Xeon mobile chips are only useful if you need to extra features like ECC RAM. They will only provide minimal CPU performance improvement due to thermal limitation

^^read this. Also, if you want better GPU, P3200 is available

 

Check if manual RAM+storage upgrades are cheaper

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14 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

^^read this. Also, if you want better GPU, P3200 is available

 

Check if manual RAM+storage upgrades are cheaper

I switched to the i7 - 8850h chip and went up to the p3200. I left the 32g ram ( 2x16g) in it for now. Company is buying so ill do the upgrades later on if need be as far as ram and SSD.  Thanks to everyone for their help 

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