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I'd prefer the one that can take 16GB.
See the following link for before / after details of my PPBM5 score for 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB on the same quad-core PC:
The 460M with 1.5GB should be fine for CS5, so "more" in the video area would be pretty much wasted unless it would help you with something else that you will be using the laptop for.
Thanks, Jim! This is helpful.
Does anyone know if the GTX 460M and GT 540M are both likely to be compatible with the CUDA modification?
I would prefer the GTX 460M which has twice as many cores as the GT 540M so I would prefer the GTX 460, but until we have the new version Premiere 5.5 in our hands for testing we do not know.for sure if that would change my opinion. There are at least two examples of the GTX 460M successfully working on our PPBM5 results page.
As far as memory goes I see that Dell is offering the M6500 laptop with up to 32 GB of 1333 MHz RAM here is the pricing, the adder to the cost is over the standard 4 GB! Be prepared for the cost increment.
1333Mhz Advanced Performance Memory
32.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS [add $8,495.00]
16.0GB, DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, 4 DIMMS [add $735.00]
Thanks, Bill. Wowzers! Not sure that I need 32 GB of RAM that badly. The 460M is in a Sager NP8130 and the 540M is in a Dell XPS 15.
I didn't realize Adobe had a 5.5 update coming out. Good to know.
On a somewhat related note, is there an advantage for running Premiere CS5 on Win 7 Professional vs. Premium?