CG Generalist laptop advices


#1

Hi everybody,

I’m a CG generalist currently living in France. In few months I’ll need to move from countries to countries, so this is why I need to buy a laptop.

With this laptop, I’ll do 3D Modeling, rigging, surfacing, lighting/rendering, compositing, editing,…
My mains softwares are Maya with Arnold (CPU) and Redshift (GPU), Zbrush, Nuke, Mari, Substance Painter, Moi3D, Davinci Resolve,…

I’ll try to not spend more than 2000€.

What I need :

  • A good CPU for rendering

  • A good GPU for high poly modeling and rendering

  • At least 16GB or ram (32 would be better).

  • A high color accuracy screen,

  • Maybe thunderbold 3 to connect an external graphic card in the future?

  • A not weird keyboard like the one we found on Zephyrus

  • Also I’m use to azerty keyboard, but if a computer with qwerty is good I can take it with no problem (I prefer UK layout, but I’m okay with the US one).

I don’t care if it’s a bit heavy, I just need a computer that I can bring in an airplane.

Actually, I have a desktop computer with an i7 5960X, 32GB of ram and a GTX 1070 which satisfy me in almost everything (we always want better specs =D)

I looked the advantages of Quadro graphics cards, and it seems that it’s not the best choice (maybe I’m wrong).
I find those articles and video about this subject:



So I think the good choice will be a GTX 10XX or a RTX 20XX.
The problem is that I didn’t find a test that suggest RTX are worth buy on laptop for now. And for now redshift haven’t integrate RTX cores, so it’s like a bet on the future.

I hope you’ll have good advice for me =D

Thanks !


#2

https://geizhals.de/hp-omen-15-dc1004ng-6ay99ea-abd-a1979396.html?hloc=at&hloc=de
You add a 2nd 16gb dimm of RAM and you’re ready to go.


#3

Thanks for your reply.

I forgot to mention that I’m looking for a 17" sorry.
I find 15" laptop very to small to work (I’ll not have another screen).


#4

https://geizhals.de/hp-omen-17-an108ng-4bz51ea-abd-a1844744.html?hloc=at&hloc=de
It already has 32gb of RAM. Basic difference the gpu. This one has the older 1070, but still very decent gpu.
You can also take a look at this one https://geizhals.de/asus-rog-strix-scar-ii-gl704gw-ev005t-90nr00m1-m01450-a1927037.html?hloc=at&hloc=de
The downside is that it is equipped with 2x8gb RAM, so if you ever want to upgrade to 32gb you should buy a new set of 2x16gb and remove the old RAM.


#5

Ok thanks a lot, I’ll give a look!