Need a powerhouse laptop for VFX work (and some gaming). Is this a good choice?


Aug 10, 2015
I mainly do work in Adobe After Effects and some 3D software (Cinema 4D).

Sager NP8258 (Clevo P157SM-A)

15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Matte Type Sager Screen (SKU - SSC005) - [ETA: 08/25/2015]

NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration

Sager - 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4810MQ (2.8GHz - 3.8GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache) (SKU – SPU202)

- Stock OEM Thermal Compound

NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M (6.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell) [User Upgradeable] (SKU – GPU12X)

No Copper Cooling Upgrade

No Video Adapter

16GB DDR3 1600MHz [2x8GB] Kingston HYPER X (CL9) Dual Channel Memory (SKU - RAMX99)
Non-RAID Storage

mSATA Slot 1 Preconfigured as an OS Drive ( Operating System – Drive C: ) / mSATA Slot 2 ( Storage Drive )

NO mSATA Solid State Drive

NO mSATA Solid State Drive

1TB Samsung 850 EVO Series SSD [SSD2 - SATA III] (SKU - SSD081)

None Standard --

HDD Raid Settings - OFF

8X Super Multi DVDRW/CDRW Combo Drive (Sager) (Dual Layer w/ Software) (When selecting a Hard Drive in the Optical Bay, No Optical Drive is Included) (SKU - ODD099)

No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy

No Back Up Hard Drive

NO External USB Optical Drive

Bluetooth Included With select wireless cards only (See “Wireless Network” Section Below)
Sager - Intel® Dual Band AC 7260 802.11 A/AC/B/G/N 2.4/5.0GHz + Bluetooth™ 4.0 (SKU - WIFI94)

Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)

Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera

Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included

Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)

No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system

No Operating System Redline Boost

No Operating System [Drivers & Utility Software Only (Windows 7 & 8.1)

LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime 24/7 DOMESTIC Technical Support (Labor through XPC)

The laptop should be able to handle the things you have said but I would recommend a quadrino or a firepro as these have specialised drivers which are made for 3d.