2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 20, 2011 1:44 AM by Harm Millaard

    Help - Need Laptop & need to know if what I picked will work - Sager

    aonefischer

      I m going to be making videos for the web mostly and some for standard def. Nothing super fancy. I getting a new laptop and I been looking at Sager. I cant really spend more then $2000.00 I need to know if I will be able to do the basics at a reasonable speed for what I have selected below. Here are my 2 options. It's for a new job. If you think I can scale back or I need to scale up let me know. I need it to be as reasonable as possible. The CPU seems to change the price does it matter which one? Will both work? Do I need windows 7 Pro or can home work? Looking to save if I can.

       

      Option 1  Cost: $1,914.00 

      • 17.3" Full HD LED-Backlit Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080)
      • Genuine MS Windows® 7 Professional 32/64-Bit Edition
      • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M GPU with 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Memory
      • 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor ( 6MB L3 Cache, 2.00GHz)
      • IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
      • 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 X 4GB
      • Non-RAID Storage
      • 320GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
      • (2nd )320GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
      • 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software

       

      Option 2  Cost: $2,324.00

      • 17.3" Full HD LED-Backlit Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080)
      • Genuine MS Windows® 7 Professional 32/64-Bit Edition
      • Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M GPU with 1.5GB GDDR5 Video Memory
      • Intel® Core™ i7-960 Processor ( 8MB L3 Cache, 3.20GHz, 4.8GT/sec QPI )
      • IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
      • 6GB Triple Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 3 X 2GB **
      • Non-RAID Storage
      • 320GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
      • (2nd )320GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive
      • 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software

      Remember I m mostly producing web videos but I want to learn AE as well. I appreciate the help.

        • 1. Re: Help - Need Laptop & need to know if what I picked will work - Sager
          aonefischer Level 1

          Also I forgot to say it is for CS5 and this is my first time with this software. Just learning

          • 2. Re: Help - Need Laptop & need to know if what I picked will work - Sager
            Harm Millaard Level 7

            I haven't yet seen results on the 2630QM, so I am not sure how fast it is. One can safely assume it will work. It will be significantly slower than the 2600K, because of the much lower clock speed (2.0 versus 3.4). The 960 is the better CPU, but in your second option it is severly limited by only 6 GB memory. If the version with 12 GB does not add sizably to the price (3 x 2 should be only slightly less expensive than 3 x 4), option 2 would have my preference.

             

            Win7 Pro and Home will both work, but remember that Home is limited to 16 GB memory max.

             

            Just saw some benchmark results. CPU Passmark test for the i7-2630QM is 4,546, the i7-950 scores 6,349 so it is safe to assume the i7-960 is more than 40% faster. Especially for AVCHD material that is a very noticeable performance difference. The i7-2630QM is comparable in performance to a Q9550 and that is considered a slow CPU.