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Can Alienware 15 be useful for video editing and engineering

by Themoejow / September 28, 2015 2:44 PM PDT

I am thinking of buying the Alienware 15, i7 4710HQ, 16GB ram, 128GB SSD + 1TB storage, GTX 970M (3GB)
Yes I am a gamer and I do have the budget, but I am unfortunately also an engineer. This means that I will often be using AutoCAD, Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, Visual C++, AspenPlus (for plant simulation) and a lot of spreadsheet calculations.

Do you think the Alienware's specs can safely handle this kind of usage?
Do you think a notebook with a Quadro GPU would be more appropriate?
Please leave your thoughts

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Let me travel back in time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2015 2:56 PM PDT

My first video editing laptop was an Acer ter600. Your laptop is many times faster and more. Autocad ran back then too.

So yes to it running.

As to the GPU you can compare GPUs with I can't compare it to the quadro since I can't guess which quadro. gives the 970m a solid lead.

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Alright thanks for the flashback
by Themoejow / September 28, 2015 3:19 PM PDT

I also don't know what Quadro I can compare Alienware's GPU to since I ignore the latter's performance in 3D modeling or computations.

I'm sure it can run them though. The question is to what extent can it handle them to run smoothly and effectively.

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Only you can determine this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2015 3:37 PM PDT

Some are rather spoiled by SSDs. So when they go back to some HDD model they bang on the keyboard and cry.

To me, it's a nice choice of a machine.

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Thats a nice laptop.
by orlbuckeye / September 29, 2015 11:11 AM PDT
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