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  07 July 2012
Best laptop for 3d software

Hello everyone,

i really need your help...

Coming school year i am going to start a 3D visual arts program (IGAD, Holland) and i need a good laptop for that. It will be my first laptop and i have to say after searching for weeks, i'm still not sure what to buy....

programs i will be using:

-Alias automotive
-Adobe CS5

(outdated) specs from my school:

Also, i heard Kepler cards are not supported by Maya... A guy from autodesk told me that they are working on it...

So, one of my main questions at the moment is: Quadro or Geforce?

Someone from my school told me that geforce would be fine but since most of them are kepler...

Right now i'm looking at the the Lenovo Thinkpad W530: i can get it for ~2200 euro

So what do you guys think? I have no experience with laptops in general so i really need some help.

Thanks in advance,


Last edited by llRobinll : 07 July 2012 at 04:39 PM.
  07 July 2012
For modeling i think Asus zenbook is better then anything,
  07 July 2012
MacBook Pro is great for all of those – I use all of those except for Alias Automotive (which has a Mac version) on my MBP 2011. The Kepler cards work fine in Maya on OS X – BoostAbuse is from Autodesk and has one of the retina MBPs.

If you go the PC route, you'll likely want to stick to a model that has a mobile Quadro. I've seen less stable behaviour with gaming cards in Windows with some of those apps. In my experience, Houdini 12 crashes instantly on Windows and Linux if you have a Radeon card, for example.

Last edited by cgbeige : 07 July 2012 at 03:58 PM.
  07 July 2012
For 3D Work you want to buy a Quadro Card.

It have specific drivers certificated for software like Maya, 3D Max, Zbrush, etc,...

So look for a professional mobile workstation with Quadro graphics.

I have good experiences using Dell and also Boxx laptopts.
  07 July 2012
like I've been telling you forever, Mac laptop gaming cards have full certification as well:

the only bug is that the extrude overlay text doesn't show up viewport 2 and that's fixed in the next maya version.

Last edited by cgbeige : 07 July 2012 at 05:01 PM.
  07 July 2012
Oh yeah. Gaming cards on Mac also have certification because Apple doesn´t work with professional cards on their "pro" machines.

But that doesn´t mean that professional cards are better suited for pro work. And that means Quadros and Fire Pro.
  08 August 2012
I'd go for a Macbook pro. Maybe your school has student discount on the apple online store!
  08 August 2012
Originally Posted by UnixFlow: But that doesn´t mean that professional cards are better suited for pro work. And that means Quadros and Fire Pro.

Try agreeing with yourself before you disagree with others.

A "pro card" is a gaming card with a higher pricetag and fewer compute cores. If you offer pro support for a gaming card, you're giving customers a better card and more compute power.
  08 August 2012
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