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    Recommendation Laptop for Revit Modeling

    Good day everyone,
    I am about to buy a new laptop for Modeling large projects in Revitin LOD 500, so I need your help here, my result came to this laptop (Lenovo Y530 ) with the specifications as follow;
    Process: Intel Core i7-8750H ( 2.2GHZ up to 4.10GHZ)
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB)
    Memory:16 GB RAM
    Capacity: 128 SSD/ 2T HDD


    Your kind support is highly appreciated.
    Last edited by amsabry; February 11, 2019, 10:39 AM.

    #2
    Large LOD 500 projects you say?
    I think you need to increase your budget for that laptop by at least 5 or 6 times. That said, I would not go for a laptop at all.

    You will need a 5.0 Ghz processor and I'm guessing 64GB of RAM and I would go for 1TB SSD as well.
    Last edited by Robin Deurloo; February 11, 2019, 10:54 AM.
    Company Website: www.deurloobm.nl
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      #3
      Stay away from systems that you can buy at Big Box Electronic stores (ie Best Buy, Fry's, etc). They are pretty much entry level machines and you will not be happy about your selection once you start working with a large project.
      Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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        #4
        Thank you, Robin, but If I have to work on a laptop, you have any suggestion?
        and I have a problem with my current workstation at my office you may have a solution to it, my workstation ( Processor: Inet Xenon 4110 2.10GHz, 32 GB ram, 512 SSD, Nvidia Quadro P4000)
        It gives me a very slow performance while modelling, how I can best use it to enhance the performance ( using one core for Revit for example) add something ??
        Thanks for your help

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          #5
          Thank you Michael, but If I have to work on a laptop, you have any suggestion?

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            #6
            Hi Amsabry and welcome to RFO!

            Maybe you could describe a little more about what "LOD 500" means for your projects? I googled the term, and it seems there's some disagreement in the industry about LOD 500 in particular. How large are your projects, both in project size, level of detail, and file size. Lots of links between files?

            The specs of the laptop are decent, but no power house. You really shouldn't have less than a 500GB SSD (256GB min) and you might have need for 32GB RAM.

            Originally posted by amsabry View Post
            Good day everyone,
            I am about to buy a new laptop for Modeling large projects in Revitin LOD 500...

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              #7
              LOD500 means that you model everything in high detail (as build) with all the data available of every object in the project. When also talking about a large project an 800 dollar laptop is not going to cut it.

              With your current workstation it is the 2.10 Ghz processor that is the problem. Even if it has 8 cores, Revit still uses just 1 of them, and at 2.10Ghz that is at least 2 times to slow to run Revit with large projects. You asked about this in another thread and I you were suggested to return the machine and get a new one with more single core speed.

              I bought an off the shelf laptop myself, but that not for daily use and I just use that to go to clients and show them stuff, not to work on, even though I could for smaller projects. Having a laptop for a daily worker I would go for a custom build one from someone like BimBox if you are in the US or try to find something similar. If you need to go for one of the large suppliers (like HP, Dell of Lenovo) they all have ways to customize their laptops, but from what I can see it is usually not the processor you can change. So find the one with the highest processor clock speed (and that could very well be a flashy gaming laptop) and add more memory and SSD storage. Also be sure it has a dedicated GPU, something like a GeForce 1050 as the bare minimum.
              Company Website: www.deurloobm.nl
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                #8
                Originally posted by amsabry View Post
                Thank you Michael, but If I have to work on a laptop, you have any suggestion?
                Hello @amsabry, well if you really need to work with a laptop I can recommend you the same I'm using here for all my projects, mine is a DELL Alienware 17 R4, i7-7820HK [email protected] 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz, RAM 32 GB, System 64 Bits, Graphics card Nvidia GeForce 1080 GTX, I work a lot with mid size projects mostly in LOD 200/300 and this machine is enough, Hope this can help
                Andres Franco - Architect - BIM Coordinator
                Revit Certified Professional - AutoCAD Certified Professional
                "I became insane, with long intervals of horribly sanity"
                E.A Poe

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                  #9
                  I wanted to chime in. Why are you buying a gaming computer to do real work. Sounds like you need a mobile workstation.

                  Just bought a Dell prescision 7530 15"
                  The 7730 can take more
                  What I have is a middle of the road spec it what could afford

                  Can take up an i9 or xeon 6 core processors
                  Up 128gb
                  Up to 6 tb three separate nvme drives and can use after market parts and easy to install
                  The 7730 has four SSD bays nvme
                  Upto a Nvidia p3200
                  The 7730 can have up to a Nvidia p5200

                  Lenovo has a close equivalent if you like that

                  These are some of the most powerful workstation available on the market today. Stop play around with gaming computer when there is money on the line and. Any questions email me [email protected].

                  These will cost you far more than the gaming computer you mentioned but what more expensive have a laptop that can't do the job or one that cost but will work to do the job and helps you to get more jobs.



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                    #10
                    Originally posted by lmalkin View Post
                    I wanted to chime in. Why are you buying a gaming computer to do real work. Sounds like you need a mobile workstation.

                    Just bought a Dell prescision 7530 15"
                    The 7730 can take more
                    What I have is a middle of the road spec it what could afford

                    Can take up an i9 or xeon 6 core processors
                    Up 128gb
                    Up to 6 tb three separate nvme drives and can use after market parts and easy to install
                    The 7730 has four SSD bays nvme
                    Upto a Nvidia p3200
                    The 7730 can have up to a Nvidia p5200

                    Lenovo has a close equivalent if you like that

                    These are some of the most powerful workstation available on the market today. Stop play around with gaming computer when there is money on the line and. Any questions email me [email protected].

                    These will cost you far more than the gaming computer you mentioned but what more expensive have a laptop that can't do the job or one that cost but will work to do the job and helps you to get more jobs.



                    Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
                    Because my gaming computer will absolutely smoke your 7530, and a 7730, in every single aspect of performance, in most BIM software, including Revit, and Navisworks. Hands down.

                    Don't believe the hype over the word workstation. I have a 75xx here. And I have gaming machines here. And mine isn't middle of the road spec, it's as loaded as they come. Doesn't change the fact that you can't get the same specs out of the mobile workstations that you can the gaming machines.

                    Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
                    Last edited by Twiceroadsfool; February 13, 2019, 01:57 PM.
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