A Laptop Comparable To My Desktop

Nesred22

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Hey guys, any recommendations for a laptop that's at least as powerful as my current desktop...?

i5-3350P - 3.10 GHz
8GB DDR3 RAM
GTX 970
7200 RPM HD

...this machine is fine for my work and gaming (I do 3d animation, video editing, photoshop etc). A good display is important for doing my artwork, decent view angles too.

Also, is it worth the hassle hunting around for deals? Or just Amazon Prime it up.

Cheers!
 

atheus

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As far as matching the CPU performance, pretty much any laptop with a "HQ" CPU in it will get you there. The hard part is matching the graphics performance. The Graphics cards in gaming laptops are typically designed around a much lower power draw, but there are some laptops which literally use desktop GPU's instead of laptop parts. If you are willing to give some wiggle room, then any laptop with a mobile GTX 980 would do, though expect to be paying $1800+. If you absolutely want as good or better graphics performance, though, while taking a substantial hit to battery life, you'll want one of those rare beasts which use desktop graphics cards.

Take a look at http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/09/nvidia-crams-desktop-gtx-980-gpu-into-monster-17-inch-notebooks/

The other possibility is some of the new laptop designs which are catching on which use a GPU dock, meaning you'd have no discrete GPU while you've got it on the road, but you can dock it at home or at work and get the benefit of a full-blown gaming graphics card.

edit: wrong link!
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3019297/hardware/asus-rog-xg-station-2-dock-wants-to-up-your-laptops-game-with-desktop-graphics.html
 
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