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Gr/3/etings gang. looking to find a laptop that would be suitable for Autodesk Maya. almost went through with getting the Lenovo Thinkpad W540,(pic related) thought id see what my options are. looking to spend about $1,500. also, in addition to 3d work id like to use programs like After Effects for video editing if thats on any help. looking to get the most for my money, dont really know too much about computers. what i was planning on getting had 32 gb RAM and 2.7 ghz processor. also, general gear discussion thread. cheers.
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>>630301
Rule of thumb for multimedia production: higher core count is better. Video editing, 3D modelling and rendering (for both video & in 3D) benefit greatly from more cores, because they're all multithreaded applications. Find something with a good GPU too, if you plan to use a GPU render engine (they're able to perform several dozen times better than CPU rendering).
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Cooling is the most important factor, without proper cooling your laptop turns into a pumpkin. W540 seems to throttle after 2 hours at max load so that's can be very bad.
Always check reviews on notebookcheck and prioritize finding a notebook with dual air intake.
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>>630301
>>630304
Arnold is a CPU-based renderer. If you want fast rendering and fast simulation, you should do something with CPU first, GPU next.

GPU is mainly for using XGen, if I'm not wrong.
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>>630329
This. Get the thickest, beefiest laptop you can, like one of those "desktop replacement" models, and if it doesn't have two big vents visible on the back or side, it's probably not suitable for extended workloads.
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>>630301
are you absolutely certain that you want a laptop? you'd get a LOT more performance for a lot less money if you build yourself a desktop. provided that you buy compatible parts (see /pcbg/ thread in /g/) it's very easy to put together and there are a ton of walkthroughs on youtube.
if you definitely want a laptop, then you would probably be looking at an overpriced l33t h4xx0r rgb ultra turbo gayming meme "laptop". again, /g/ is the best place to get specific advice. you could try the /tpg/ thread but don't fall for the /g/ thinkpad hype - they stopped being good when lenovo bought ibm's laptop business years ago. nowadays they're no better than any other product line.
also decide now if you're going to be rendering on cpu or gpu. on a desktop you're unlinkely to run into problems if you add or upgrade a gpu further down the line. you can't (easily or affordably) do the same in a laptop.
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>>630301
Get you a P50 or P51 or better yet (P70/71). They are thicc and have a pretty decent cooling. You can undervolt the CPU to -150mV (which is the sweet spot) and get slightly higher performances (debatable) and lower heat (did that, it DOES reduce heat). Be it the Xeon version or i7, it doesn't matter as they're mostly the same cpu with a bit more cache which may or may not affect your performances. Just remember to be on dual channel mode on ram (for 32, get 2*16 and put each on either even or odd number slots, like 1-3 and 2-4, or get 4*8GB and fill them all up, and if they're all identical rams (same clocks and manufacturer) it would be better) it would be of help to increase performances too.
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>>630301
Get a Mac people will think you're rich and it'll keep your lap warm
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>>632272
When I had a Mac (handed to me by my employer at the time), I used it on the commute, but I was always embarrassed about it. I made a point of having a very visible sticker with the logo of my employer on the back of the thing so people wouldn't think I actually bought that myself.

I seriously recommend against Macs, they make you feel dirty, and give you little in return.
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>>630304
>>630355
GPU performance on a laptop will not cut it for GPU rendering unless you get one of those massive meme laptops. However the GPU is important for viewport interaction and display. You want to be able to toggle lights and shaders in the viewport at least.

Don't forget about single core performance if you're planning to animate. A 2.7ghz CPU can cause some serious lag if you're working with a complex rig.




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