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Discrete Graphics for CAD

I"m interested in buying a new laptop for college and I'll be using CAD on it. I won't be using the CAD software too extensively though. Do I need to purchase a laptop with discrete graphics or will an Intel HD 520 integrated graphics suffice?

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Re: CAD

What do the system requirements of your CAD program say about the subject? I can't check, since you didn't provide a link.

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(NT) Here's the link to AutoCAD which I'll be using
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Re: system requirements

So if your new laptop comes with DirectX 11, it seems fine. That's a clear knock-out criterion. Any shop should be able to tell if it does or doesn't.
The CPU, RAM and disk space won't be an issue with a nowadays laptop.

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The 520 should be fine

What you want is a machine with a 1080p screen and 2x4GB of ram set up in dual channel.

Or a 1080p screen with discrete graphics and 1x8GB of ram.

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