3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 13, 2012 2:35 PM by Harm Millaard

    New laptop - studying as multi-media designer

    Ester_Denmark

      Hi all

       

      I'm currently studying as multi-media designer and my 32 bit version of windows 7 computer with duel core and 4 GB ram is somewhat lacking the power, especially now when we're getting introduced to premiere pro which my own computer can't even install!

       

      Portability is also an issue here, since I'm not very strong and it takes my at least 1 hour on train and bus each way to go to school.

       

       

      I'm looking at these 2 laptops - a 15.6" and a 17.3" from a danish site that's known (locally anyway) for building good stuff for affordable prices.

       

      Anyway, please give me some feedback on these two and the configurations I should choose.

       

      15.6"

      http://www.mm-vision.dk/produkter/vispcsystem.asp?action=vis&type=notevision&menu=notebook &varenr=707000010&gruppe=pcnotevision

       

      17.3"

      http://www.mm-vision.dk/produkter/vispcsystem.asp?action=vis&type=notevision&menu=notebook &varenr=705500020&gruppe=visionnotebook

       

       

      My boyfriend did some research on specs and from what he could read in here, he recommened the 15.6" with following setup:

       

       

      * Windows 7 Home 64-bit (in doubt if it should be Pro version!?)

      * Bluetooth integrated

       

      Specifications:

      ProcessorIntel Core i7-3610QM 4x2,30GHz (Turbo 3.30GHz) Ivy Bridge
      Ram:Kingston 16GB DDR3-1600 RAM HyperX
      Harddisc:Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid disk
      Graphics:Nvidia GeForce GTX675m 2GB RAM
      Screen:15.6” FullHD-LED AntiGlare panel 1920x1080
      Battery:8-cell Li-Ion high-end battery
      Sound:High Definition lyd (THX TruStudio Pro)
      Dvd or Bluray:Super Multi DVD-brænder DualLayer
      Network:100/1000 Mb/s GIGABIT - samt Trådløst N netkort
      Webcam:2.0M pixel webcam i skærm
      Keyboard/musDK-keyboard samt touchpad med 2 knapper
      Software:Drivere til Windows 7 medfølger.
      Vægt:3.1 Kg (with Combo Driver)
      Mål & vægt376(W)x256(D)x35-42(H)mm
      Service:2 års garanti (Dog undtaget batteri som der ydes 6 måneder på)
      Stik/forbindelser:
      1 x USB 2.0
      3 x USB 3.0

      1 x eSATA
      1 x Mini IEEE 1394a Firewire

      1 x HDMI

      1 x DVI
      1 x Mini Displayport
      1 x 9-in-1 flash Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
      1 x RJ45 connector for Ethernet (Gigabit)

       

       

      Buuuuuuut - he's wondering if the 17.3" is better since we can choose to get 2 hard discs (120GB SSD is default hard disc (1), and can choose a hard disc (2) "Seagate 750GB (SATA3, 7200rpm)") along with "Kingston 24GB DDR3-1333"

       

      Below is the standard specs for the 17.3" without those above options chosen yet...

       

      Specifikationer:

      ProcessorIntel Core i7-3610QM 4x2,30GHz (Turbo 3.30GHz) Ivy Bridge
      Ram:Kingston 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM DualChannel
      Harddisk:(Disk 1) OCZ 120GB SSD Sata3 Solid State Disk (Kan opgraderes)
      (Disk 2) Ekstra lagerdisk kan tilvælges
      Grafik:Nvidia GeForce GTX660m 2GB GDDR5 dedikeret RAM (DirectX 11)
      (Understøtter nvidia optimus til at switche til Intel HD4000)
      Skærm:17.3” FullHD-LED AntiGlare panel 1920x1080
      Batteri:8-cell Li-Ion high-end battery (76.96WH)
      Lyd:High Definition lyd (THX TruStudio Pro)
      Drev:Super Multi DVD-brænder DualLayer
      Netkort:100/1000 Mb/s GIGABIT - samt Trådløst N netkort
      Wireless:Intel 6235AGN Dualband trådløst N netkort
      Webcam:2.0M pixel webcam i skærm
      Keyboard/musDK-keyboard samt touchpad med 2 knapper
      Vægt:3.2 Kg (with Combo Driver)
      Mål & vægt413(W)x277(D)x17-42(H)mm
      Service:2 års garanti (Dog undtaget batteri som der ydes 6 måneder på)
      Stik/forbindelser:
      1 x USB 2.0
      3 x USB 3.0
      1 x eSATA

      1 x HDMI
      1 x VGA
      1 x 9-in-1 flash Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)
      1 x RJ45 connector for Ethernet (Gigabit)

        • 1. Re: New laptop - studying as multi-media designer
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          The 17.3" version, but you miss one misses out on the firewire port. Dual disks is the absolute minimum and having an eSATA and USB3 port is advantageous for a third disk. However, it is important to increase memory to at least 16 GB.

          • 2. Re: New laptop - studying as multi-media designer
            Ester_Denmark Level 1

            As I wrote:

             

            "Buuuuuuut - he's (my bf) wondering if the 17.3" is better since we can choose to get 2 hard discs (120GB SSD is default hard disc (1), and can choose a hard disc (2) "Seagate 750GB (SATA3, 7200rpm)") along with "Kingston 24GB DDR3-1333" "

             

            But what about the default graphics card in the 17.3"??

            "Nvidia GeForce GTX660m 2GB GDDR5 dedikeret RAM (DirectX 11)"

             

            There's no option for upgrading that... well, we can try to give them a call and hear if the 675 from the 15.6" works in the 17.3"!?

             

            (sorry for font size changing )


            • 3. Re: New laptop - studying as multi-media designer
              Harm Millaard Level 7

              It is unlikely one would notice much difference in performance between the 660M and the 675M video card, especially since both have 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The memory bandwidth is 64 GB/s versus 96 GB/s for the 675M, so the 675M is faster, but the question arises, is it enough to warrant the price difference? I don't think so, unless it is less than $ 50.

               

              24 GB memory with an Ivy Bridge is a strange number. It would normally be either 16 or 32 GB, since it is dual channel memory architecture, so either 4 x 4 GB = 16 GB or 4 x 8 GB = 32 GB. It is unlikely and less than optimal to have 2 x 8 GB + 2 x 4 GB = 24 GB memory. It is not impossible, but it is better to go for identical sticks.