I know the mod's will move this to the hardware forum soon, but I have a laptop in front of me that is doing very smooth AVCHD editing with three video hour long timelines and one or two more for titles, still pictures etc.
- I have found it very easy to have the project and media on a USB3 flash drive (PNY Turbo 128 GB) they also have 256 GB, but I prefer having several smaller versus one large.
- This system has an nVidia GTX 765M newer models have the 800 series that does a great job of processing the MPE effects and features. Laptop's have to be power efficient so they slow the GPU down, I solved that by running the GPU memory at a 50% overclock and in this chassis the fans are excellent with 100% GPU usage the temps only get to 56° C
- I also highly recommend that the second drive also be and SSD.
- I have 24 GB RAM it was a piece of cake installing 16 GB more myself in this unit.
This unit was tested and is listed in our PPBM results page (you have to register to see that page). I have CS6 installed and it is great
....I " second" Bill's motion !!! I too had to recently replace my laptop, and like Bill, was able to find a " refurbished" Asus G750JW for much less than normal cost.Yesterday, I saw some that were selling for $1,000,but, I think you can do better than that. I have been amazed atthe performance increase over my previous Asus i7 laptop. Some of that was due to the software itself....the newest version of PPro CCloud 2014 contains improvements which eliminated problems editing certain DSLR footage and increased the amount of system memory being used. Having the 24 GB of memory certainly improves things along with the much faster Haswell 4700 HQ CPU......it normally "turbos" itself up to 3.2 to 3.4 Ghz under load, with ALL cores in use ! The 765M Nvidia GPU does very well....I overclock it too,using MSI Afterburner and it seems to result in faster exporting times, direct out of PPro, using the DSLR footage on a timeline with multiplevideo tracks and accelerated effects. I believe the biggest improvement came from using two newer high quality SSDs. I used the cheaper Crucial , slightly older SSDs than Bill's.....his Samsung Pro 850s are currently the best. I used a Crucial M500 forthe boot drive and an M4 for the media drive. Performance on my machine was slightly lower than Bill's because of his better SSDs.....but still amazing,for a laptop!