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    I am looking to buy a laptop

    I am looking to buy a laptop. I am in love with the ASUS G73JH laptop it looks sweet. And for $1200 I am not sure I can beat these specs. but what I am not sure of is the graphics card i have never had a ATI. i have always stuck with Nvida . Is the ATI Mobility Radeon HD a good card?

    i7 Processor 1.73 GHz, with Turbo Boost
    DDR3 1066 MHz - 6GB
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870, 1G GDDR5 VRAM
    SATA 640 GB (5400 rpm)

    I know that this is not a technical form, but you guys do what I do, so we all should what works the best for Revit .

    Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:

    Wade

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    Originally posted by Wadeshuey View Post
    ....I know that this is not a technical form, but you guys do what I do, so we all should what works the best for Revit
    Ha ha, actually it´s ALSO a technical forum - Thread moved to the "Hardware and Infrastructure" Sub-forum
    Klaus Munkholm
    "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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      #3
      BTW - I´m by all means no expert on hardware, but the i7 and RAM should be fine - But would prefer a GeForce over the Radeon card (nVida is over the top if "only" for Revit), and a faster HD would be nice too
      Klaus Munkholm
      "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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        #4
        Thank you for the move I will keep that in mind next time.

        as far as cards if a GeForce = Radeon a Quatro = ??? (ATI brand)

        I am a huge fan of Nvida but I cant find it for the price. Will a Radeon push revit? I guess it shoud if its has 1gb of ram.

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          #5
          Like i said, I´m no expert on hardware - You should wait for Iru69 or one of the others who knows these things
          In the mean time, you should read this post by Iru69 (If you havn´t already)
          Klaus Munkholm
          "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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            #6
            Thanks just stared to when you replied.

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              #7
              Just occured to me that I linked the wrong post (But both are worth reading)
              This is the post that I meant to refference
              Klaus Munkholm
              "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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                #8
                I have this exact same laptop at home. I can vouch it's pretty sweet. The ATI Mobile Radeon is 1GB DDR5 ... it's smoking fast. I've updated to 10GB of RAM and now have a 2nd Solid State Hybrid HDD that hosts my programs and operating system.

                It IS a tank though. The thing is huge. It's more of a desktop replacement then anything. If you're looking for something really mobile, this may not be what you're looking for...
                Last edited by Chadwick17; February 4, 2011, 05:35 PM.
                Chad Koscinski | Architect

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Wadeshuey View Post
                  Thank you for the move I will keep that in mind next time.

                  as far as cards if a GeForce = Radeon a Quatro = ??? (ATI brand)

                  I am a huge fan of Nvida but I cant find it for the price. Will a Radeon push revit? I guess it shoud if its has 1gb of ram.
                  Geforce is to Radeon as Quadro is to FireGL. But the thing to realize is that both of the "pro" lines, Quadro & FireGL are differentiated mostly in their better support for OpenGL, especially the aspects of OpenGL that apply to "professional" tasks rather than gamer tasks. Revit, on the other hand, is a DirectX based app, and DirectX offers zero differentiation between "game" and "professional" functionality. The actual DirectX drivers may be a little better, but not enough to make a difference in my book. There are probably more GeForce/Radeon cards that just can't handle Revit than their are Quadro/FireGL cards that can't, but only because there are more low end versions of the gamer cards than low end versions of the pro cards. Get a mid to high end version of either and you will likely be able to run Revit just fine. With the caveat that some cards just refuse to work with Revit. That is the thing to look for, a list of cards that just don't work, rather than hoping for some comprehensive list of those that do.
                  Someone else can verify, but my sense is the 5870 should be up to the task.

                  Gordon
                  Pragmatic Praxis

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Gordon Price View Post
                    Someone else can verify, but my sense is the 5870 should be up to the task.

                    Gordon
                    The 5870 works just fine. If you are going to purchase this laptop, do a little research on the web first. There were some problems with keyboard lag and the touch pad. That was back in the beginning of last year, though, when the very first of these models came out. Personally, I've never had a single problem with the computer but others have reported some issues...

                    What I love about this laptop is the design of the fans - there are dual fans that vent out of the back side of the computer instead of the sides or bottom. This keeps the fan noise down to a minimum and allows for better cooling. It is pretty quiet for a laptop with so much power on the inside...
                    Chad Koscinski | Architect

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