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    Laptops & Revit

    I am looking for a laptop that will primarily run Revit, and occasionally run Autocad and Navisworks. I don't do a lot of graphics and rendering in Revit, my focus is primarily on production work and not design. I will be working with some large models as links (~400mb), but my own files will rarely go above 50mb.

    I am looking at the Microsoft Surface Book 2, quad-core i7 8650U cpu, 16 GB RAM. I am not too savvy on CPUs and how to compare them, so I am a little concerned that it has a 1.9 GHz base freq (4.2 GHz Turbo). Does having a lower base frequency really matter with Revit if it has a higher turbo? Autodesk simply states "Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended".

    Or if you have recommendations for other solid laptops/workstations, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks!
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    I found this thru searching in the internet: In-depth guide to 5 Best Laptops for Revit (2017 August update)

    hope it helps.
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    Hi cvts1,

    First of all Welcome to the forum!

    Secondly, You need to consider that if you want a good laptop the cost will be high, Processor Speed must be as high as your budget allows it, most high speed is better, I'm running a laptop with a Intel CORE I7, 7820HK CPU @2.90GHz 2.90 GHz, 32 GB RAM DDR4, as a graphics card I'm running a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, WIN 10 64 Bits, and two extra screens.

    My personal opinion about this laptop is: Even if We bought the best machine possible at the time, I found it good for graphics, I can handled high detail projects, since here we work in interior architecture so our models are very high detailed, I'm struggling with WIN 10 Crashes most part of time without an explanation, so System is a mayor pain these days for me, today our models are 130 MB minimum, so I strongly recommend you to seek for a most powerful processor.

    if you want more info please look at this thread:

    https://www.revitforum.org/hardware-...dware-cpu.html
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    You should also take into account things like traveling and docking. If you spend a lot of time in airports, the weight of the system can become an issue. Lugging a 10lb laptop around gets old quick, even with a backpack. If you are going to be working at your desk most of the time and are hooking up to external monitors, the outputs on the laptop can matter. Some of them don't officially support docking and require external hardware (usually USB) to connect everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    You should also take into account things like traveling and docking. If you spend a lot of time in airports, the weight of the system can become an issue. Lugging a 10lb laptop around gets old quick, even with a backpack. If you are going to be working at your desk most of the time and are hooking up to external monitors, the outputs on the laptop can matter. Some of them don't officially support docking and require external hardware (usually USB) to connect everything.
    Yes!! I have actually 2 USB Ports , 1 HDMI port, 1 mini USB and 1 Mini display port , not enough in my opinion, and yes this laptop is quite heavy

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    I really really really really really really love the Surface Books..... But i wouldnt buy one for Revit. Itll run it decently, but strictly in the "value per dollar" category, they arent a great deal for running Revit.

    A mid level Dell Precision 7520, or any of the Gaming Laptops with decent hardware, will run it much better and be decently cheaper.
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    Just for perspective, I've been using a very portable but now ancient Razer Blade 14 2013 for outside of the office work, meetings, and presentations. My Revit models are under 150mb and I don't see any speed issues. I'd never use it for production work due to it's dinky/flat keyboard, but I have plugged in keyboards, monitors and huge TVs. It has a Nvidia card that drives Enscape and Twinmotion just fine. The latest Lumion lags though. And the aging battery's life sucks now.

    i7-4702 - 2..2GHz @ 3.2Ghz 8GB ram, Nvidia GTX 765M https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421240,00.asp
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    I use a 13" 1.3Ghz Atom "powered" handbag-friendly laptop sporting a monstrous 2GB of RAM and a whole 32GB of SSD. It runs Revit perfectly, when I remote into my main machine.

    My point?

    Whilst I think I understand the arguments why people still do... I don't "get" why people keep busting gut and nut to spec. laptops to workstation-level performance markers for Revit.

    For games, sure, you ain't joining the PCMR when using remote protocols - but this is Revit, that glitchy-chuggy-epileptic-fit-inducing-nightmare-of-GUI-cludgeness... you don't need 60fps to use it. You don't even need 8bit colour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    I use a 13" 1.3Ghz Atom "powered" handbag-friendly laptop sporting a monstrous 2GB of RAM and a whole 32GB of SSD. It runs Revit perfectly, when I remote into my main machine.
    ...
    Whilst I think I understand the arguments why people still do... I don't "get" why people keep busting gut and nut to spec. laptops to workstation-level performance markers for Revit.
    Having a decent internet connection isn't always available for a decent RDC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowyweston View Post
    I use a 13" 1.3Ghz Atom "powered" handbag-friendly laptop sporting a monstrous 2GB of RAM and a whole 32GB of SSD. It runs Revit perfectly, when I remote into my main machine.

    My point?

    Whilst I think I understand the arguments why people still do... I don't "get" why people keep busting gut and nut to spec. laptops to workstation-level performance markers for Revit.

    For games, sure, you ain't joining the PCMR when using remote protocols - but this is Revit, that glitchy-chuggy-epileptic-fit-inducing-nightmare-of-GUI-cludgeness... you don't need 60fps to use it. You don't even need 8bit colour.
    Opinions obviously vary, but the performance of "glitchy chuggy epileptic fit inducing nightmare of GUI cludgeness" in Revit running on a 15 inch mobile workstation is tangible WORLDS different than running through RDP or a remote viewing protocol like LogMeIn or Teamviewer. WORLDS better. Only with real VDI on vGPU enabled workstations, would i even entertain remote access for more than a temporary solution.

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