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  • #16
    Re: Speccing a laptop

    Pardon my ignorance but what is a CUDA core please and why is it important/significant?
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    • #17
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      I have bought components from Novatech before but reviews of their laptops suggest they have a cheap build and poor screens, which is shame because the CPU and graphics power is excellent for the money.

      The Dell XPS 15 L502X at the Dell Outlet store looks very promising. Excellent performance and build quality but a bit big and bulky. Great price:

      http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/S...&puid=e4fdc613

      Only question mark - only 2GB SDRAM is listed! But it does have a 256GB SSD.

      Ian

      PS Contrary to my earlier note, the battery is removable and I think you get two (one 6 cell and one 9 cell). It's the newer XPS 15z, I think, that has a fixed battery.
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      • #18
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        Originally posted by Melaka View Post
        Pardon my ignorance but what is a CUDA core please and why is it important/significant?
        CUDA cores are an nVidia parallel processing technology for video graphic rendering. Adobe requires 96 cores or more and at least 896MB of dedicated video RAM to enable their Mercury Playback Engine for Adobe Premiere CS6 to be accelerated meaningfully. It's not relevant if you aren't interested in video editing.

        CUDA was really developed to improve real-time 3D rendering in computer game animation.

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        • #19
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          Hmmm... the Dell is very tempting but I am foxed as to why only 2GB DRAM is fitted (verified by an online chat with a Dell sales chap). This is a high-spec. laptop with a 256GB SSD... but only 2GB system memory? Weird!

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          • #20
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            Is it upgradeable? I can't access the page you linked to, for some reason, so I can't see the full spec.
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            • #21
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              I would avoid Acer & Dell, which are really supermarket quality (sorry to those that own them) & stick with better, reliable brands like Samsung (local guy recommended their latest models), Asus & HP. I bought my daughter a 13.3 inch Asus which is only 19mm thick (not including the battery hump). The right package should suit you nicely (with full memory & Win 7 Pro 64 bit). This is the Asus I got her which was on special for $799 at the time I bought it. I don't know if they make a 3GHz version, but if they do, then that would be even better.
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              • #22
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                Ian, I know I'm going to get flamed for this but....

                I'm a PC man through and through. Have been since 1989. But a while back I bought a scabby old Macbook, not Pro, but a 13" with 4Gb ram, for a couple of applications which wouldn't play nicely on my PC alongside other apps. I also have a 2 year old Toshiba 17" laptop with Win7. I am ashamed to admit that the Macbook runs rings round the Tosh. Both for performance and quality of display. I can run LR4 quite happily on it. In fact, I'm going to give the laptop away to a friend in exchange for a pile of split logs.

                Now, I'm definitely sticking with PC for desktop computing. But I wouldn't buy another Windows lapdog.

                So what I'm saying is, at least do yourself a favour and look at a Macbook. You might find you hate it. But look.
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                • #23
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                  I don't think anyone would dispute the Macbooks are very, very good, but the stumbling block for many is the price....... I'd have one myself, but just can't justify the pricing against equivalent Windows machines.

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                  • #24
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                    Only paid a couple of hundred for mine on Fleabay ... Yes, they are more expensive than PC laptops, but in this case you get what you pays for. I'm certainly no Apple evangelist, but they're worth considering and discounting if need be.
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                      • #26
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                        Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                        Is it upgradeable? I can't access the page you linked to, for some reason, so I can't see the full spec.
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                        • #27
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                          Fair points, but I've found that with equivalent processors, the Macbook runs faster. Down to the way the programs are executed, I think. Also memory is ridiculously cheap, as long as you use Crucial or similar. But no, they don't do dedicated graphics, I don't think.

                          You can have my Toshiba for a couple of loads of logs, if you want!

                          EDIT - nice spec on that Dell!
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                          • #28
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                            Originally posted by StephenL View Post
                            Fair points, but I've found that with equivalent processors, the Macbook runs faster. Down to the way the programs are executed, I think. Also memory is ridiculously cheap, as long as you use Crucial or similar. But no, they don't do dedicated graphics, I don't think.

                            You can have my Toshiba for a couple of loads of logs, if you want!

                            EDIT - nice spec on that Dell!
                            I don't see any evidence that programs which run on both Windows and Mac OS run any faster or slower given equivalent hardware on either OS.

                            The very fastest PCs are Windows because there is a wider choice of hardware that you can run Windows on unless you are into hacking Apple OSs to run on non-Apple hardware.

                            Anyway, this thread is not about Macs vs PCs - Macs are entirely irrelevant to my quest because they don't meet critical aspects of my specifications and, fundamentally, my budget.

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                            • #29
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                              Well, I have ordered my new PC and I beat my budget comfortably.

                              This is what I ordered from Dell UK's Outlet store - an Inspiron 15R - N5110
                              • Inspiron 15R - N5110
                              • Processor: Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
                              • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
                              • 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (1 DIMMs)
                              • 750 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
                              • 8X DVD+/- RW Drive
                              • Display: 15.6in High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
                              • Graphics : 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M Graphics card
                              • English Genuine Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium (64Bit OS)
                              • Wireless: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 (1x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo Card)
                              • LCD Back Cover : Diamond Black Switch Cover [Switchable Lid]
                              • 6 Cell Primary Battery, 48W
                              it's documented in my blog.

                              I'm really looking forward to receiving my new Dell; it's got a seriously hot 2nd generation quad core i7 Intel CPU - about 7 times faster than my old laptop based on Passmark data. The dedicated graphics GPU is also rated 16x faster than my old system

                              Ian
                              Last edited by Ian; 20th July 2012, 04:41 PM.
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                              • #30
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                                Mr.Memory for RAM Ian?


                                PS. Did you get a chance to look at: http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=21762


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