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Laptop with 32gb ram

by gelmanjim / August 18, 2015 10:56 AM PDT

So, I know most experts would argue that you don't need a computer with 32gb ram, and in most cases this is certainly true. But let me try to convince you that I might need 32gb ram in my computer. In my research, as a graduate student, I work with very large spatial / GIS datasets, some of the processes can only be done efficiently memory. Even after processing raw data, the final datasets in my research are around 10gb large, so even if all the processing was done on servers I still need a lot of memory to analyze the dataset. Before starting my career as a graduate student, I worked in the private industry where I had access to servers + a work station (32gb of ram which I killed a lot of the times). I am looking to buy a new laptop, and here are the requirements I am looking for:

- laptop that can be upgraded to 32gb ram if necessary. It is fine if it initially only has 16gb of ram.
- multi-core processor (i7 preferably or amd equivalent) to take advantage of parallel processing
- dedicated graphic card preferred (can be a low budget version though). I don't do gaming.
- i have an ssd in my current laptop which I would like to put into the new laptop. So preferably, I want a computer where I can easily replace the hard-drive.
- no touchscreen. I hate those things and adds unnecessary cost.
- weight: the lighter the better which I know is a stretch.

In essence, I want a computer with lots of ram and a good processors, but no other bells and whistles which excludes most gaming laptops I presume.

Do you know of any machines?


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First place I check is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 18, 2015 11:24 AM PDT
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I have the same issue for diff reason
by PresleyE69 / October 13, 2015 9:13 AM PDT
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I have been having the same problem finding appropriate laptops with 32GB ram. Here's what I've found:

Lenovo Thinkpad W541 - core i7(4c), 32GB, 3K 15.6" display
Aorus X5-CF1 - core i7(4c), 32GB, 3K 15.6" display

Both of these laptops can handle 32GB ram as you requested and have 4core processors and high end displays.

Hope this helps.

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Well your definitely giving the specs of a
by orlbuckeye / October 16, 2015 7:11 AM PDT
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gaming machine except weight. Gaming machine are made to be powerfull, weight more and easier to upgrade. I have an Alienware that has 3 drives bays and you could add a 4th if you remove the optical drive. Even Work Stations don't have the power of the best gaming machines. I've seen gaming machine now that can have 64 GB of ram.

Gaming - The high ends all are upgradeable to 32 gb. The ultrabooks and the laptops built for battery life and being more mobile aren't as upgradeable.

Gaming - i5 and i6 processors either with family HQ or MQ

Gaming - dedicated graphics for powerfull gaming machine. U is for the less powerfull ultra books and usually integrated only graphics

Gaming - more app to have multiple bas here you can use the SSD as a boot drive and a HD as the data drive. Ultrabooks usually are to small to have multiple drives and they already come with 128 gb or 256 gb SSD's

Touch screens are on most new machinces under 17" but now they are popping up in 17" screens. Cost isn't a lot and just having it you don't have to use and if you app is upgraded to a touch app itf you don't have touch you can't make a choice.

Weight - Typically the more upgradeable the laptop the heavier.

Also sometimes the laptop place 2 memory slots that have easy access and 2 where the keyboards need to be removed.

Like I said above I've seen gaming machines that are upgradeable to 64 gb of ram.

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