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laptop recommendations?

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:51 pm
by jamminjamy
Hello, I am a newbie. I wasn't sure where to post this question but can anyone tell me if the following 2 specs would make a good laptop for blender rendering or recommend something else? I understand that the graphics cards are not "GTX"... should I go with something else because of this? I would eventually like to move into photo realistic architectural rendering over the next year or two and need to be portable... I'll eventually move to a full powered desktop later.

#1 Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
Operating system: Windows 8 Standard 64 - English
Display: 15.6" FHD (1920 X 1080) TFT color, VibrantView, LED backlight w/720p HD Camera
Graphics: Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics
Memory: 16GB (2 X 8GB) PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory
Hard Drive: 1016GB (1TB, 5400RPM and 16GB Solid State) Serial ATA Hard Drives
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#2 Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Laptop - Dual Graphics
Processor
4th Generation Intel Core i7-4702MQ Processor (2.20GHz 1600MHz 6MB)
Operating System
Windows 8 64
Display
15.6" FHD LED Glossy Wedge 1920x1080
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT750M GDDR5 2GB
Memory
16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Hard Drive
1TB 5400 RPM+24GB SSD

Thanks for your time!

Jamy

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:29 pm
by psullie
while this post would get better response at blender artist I would say that Blender really benefits from Dual graphics when rendering with cycles.

Now that said, laptops in general make poor rendering machines as the prolonged operations and high heat can shorten their life. They're great for most work but save rendering for a desktop.

Also I'd suggest you add a Linux partition on your hard drive, Ubunutu or Kubuntu is easy to install and you'll get better performance with Blender.

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:44 am
by jamminjamy
psullie wrote:while this post would get better response at blender artist I would say that Blender really benefits from Dual graphics when rendering with cycles.

Now that said, laptops in general make poor rendering machines as the prolonged operations and high heat can shorten their life. They're great for most work but save rendering for a desktop.

Also I'd suggest you add a Linux partition on your hard drive, Ubunutu or Kubuntu is easy to install and you'll get better performance with Blender.
Ok, thanks for the info psullie, I really appreciate it! :)