Radeon R9 M275 1gb ok for 3D rendering/modelling?

gravity121

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Hi guys,

Need a cheap laptop for uni. Will be doing 3D modelling and rendering. Can't really afford to spash out on a K1100. Would something like the Radeon R9 M275 in the Lenovo Y40 be sufficient? I hear pro cards aren't really worth the money?

Thanks for your advice
 

C12Friedman

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In most cases, if not using a professional graphics card, an NVidia GPU is considered a better "fit" (Cuda cores being desirable) for that work.
Having said that, the Lenovo Y40 with an R9-M275 should perform much better than a laptop without dedicated graphics. There may be a significant difference in rendering times between similarly priced AMD and NVidia graphics so if you know what programs you'll be using, that information may help.
 

C12Friedman

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In most cases, if not using a professional graphics card, an NVidia GPU is considered a better "fit" (Cuda cores being desirable) for that work.
Having said that, the Lenovo Y40 with an R9-M275 should perform much better than a laptop without dedicated graphics. There may be a significant difference in rendering times between similarly priced AMD and NVidia graphics so if you know what programs you'll be using, that information may help.
 

gravity121

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Heya,

Thanks for your reply. I've been in touch with the Uni and we'll be using MATLAB, Python, and/or some form of CAD software (like Catia or Solidworks).

The Y40 I am looking at has the R9 with 4 gigs of dedicated Ram on the card. It has a 5th gen i7-5500U and 8 gigs of ram as well as an SSD. This is all coming in well within budget.

Anything with a K1100 I've looked at is quite a bit more expensive and usually the ssd adds more on top of that.

So any kinda of advice/recommendation/best guess on whether this will be sufficient or whether I should really just find a way to get the pro card would be appreciated. Alternatively, if I was to go with a NVidia Gaming card, what would you recommend as the minimum required?


Thanks again
 
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