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Hardware gurus! New laptop with some power.....thinking MSI with the 1080 GTX? Insight here please?
show user profile  Dr. Jim I'm thinking about a laptop to run Resolume (no SLI support but HEAVY gpu usage, especially for Dvx decoding, a high priority). Heavy 3D rendering not a big priority. Mostly Adobe AE and some Premier too.....but again this isn't a "work machine" tied to profit so I do not need Boxx or such.
Another important thing is being able to push an additional 2 monitors aside from the built in display.

Overall I am thinking of some sort of medium power gaming machine like this:

The above machine is NOT the exact machine specced out I am looking for....but its the general idea.
MSI seems to have a cool thing with their full Geforce GTX 1080 implementation...etc.

Or is this shit and there is something else I should be looking at.

Budget: 3K usd.


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12/9/2016 3:31:14 PM (last edit: 12/9/2016 3:31:14 PM)
show user profile  Sangre
I've read somewhere that in a laptop the GTX 1080 performs only about 10% worse then in a desktop. I think it's a small price to pay for portability. If you're ok with it's big dimensions and almost 4kg of weight then go for it. Don't think you'll find something lighter with the same specs. There's not a lot to choose from if you need a machine with top end graphics card on the go.
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12/10/2016 10:57:51 AM (last edit: 12/10/2016 10:57:51 AM)
show user profile  ijzerman
Does it need to be a laptop?
Big gpu's always come with heat so for the same money you can buy a nice portable lan case and build it from desktop parts?

Pushing buttons since "86
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12/12/2016 12:20:42 PM (last edit: 12/12/2016 12:20:42 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Heya.... definitely needs to be a laptop. So with that in mind the MSI's with the GTX 1080's and dual SSD Raid 0's,....4K screen...etc.....seemed to be pretty dope.

But I don't keep up with every little just checking!
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12/12/2016 1:13:32 PM (last edit: 12/12/2016 1:13:32 PM)
show user profile  Octopuzzy
A related question that I've been wondering about and could be worth considering.
What are the pros and cons of buying a cheap laptop and remote desktop to your workstation?

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12/12/2016 1:57:40 PM (last edit: 12/12/2016 1:57:40 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
All very interesting ideas.....but I want a laptop, ya know....carry it around in a bag and has everything you need to work/play....etc.

I also do not see how offloading GPU work over the internet and back would make sense?
The purpose of the machine is a laptop with crazy GFX power for event, live work....

External GPU boxes and remote stuff are super doable in a lot of cases.....
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12/12/2016 3:23:05 PM (last edit: 12/12/2016 3:23:05 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Just watched this. Interesting... So thick.

- Portfolio-

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12/20/2016 4:07:18 PM (last edit: 12/20/2016 4:07:18 PM)
show user profile  Sangre
Razer Blade Pro just came out. It's got desktop 1080 and it doesn't look thick or heavy. Check the reviews.
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12/23/2016 12:12:36 PM (last edit: 12/23/2016 12:13:08 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
If you're getting a laptop with 4K resolution you're best having the latest Adobe and 3ds max versions that would have the proper display scaling. Otherwise you'll have to use a workaround that doesn't really work as well.
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12/23/2016 6:17:58 PM (last edit: 12/23/2016 6:17:58 PM)
show user profile  c0
I understand you are keen on a high-end laptop and have made this clear in your post. So please just ignore this.
Very impressive! However...

Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6820HK + GTX1080 + full HD display = lots of heat; don't put it on your lap.

8 cell battery is better than 6 cell but (slightly) less than more common 9 cell battery. MSI is probably running out of space a bit, which is understandable.

Weight 8.59 lbs. = 3.90kg = not an ultraportable, which is understandable.

Dimensions (W x D x H) 16.85" x 12.36" x 1.66"-2.52". Height = 4.2cm to 6.4cm. Using the keyboard will not be very ergonomic...may need to carry external mouse and (roll-up) keyboard...defeats purpose of a laptop somewhat.

I would hate to accidentally drop this beast with all my data on it...I am very happy with my FreeFileSync no-hassle backups of personal files on a USB3 HDD (or use Onedrive / Dropbox or similar if you trust them with your data).

I'd buy a less high-end laptop or perhaps a tablet with detachable keyboard and touch screen (i.e. Surface Pro) and save money.

With a desktop, if the keyboard, mouse, monitor or PSU breaks, you just replace it...for a laptop you are looking at expensive repairs or warranty replacement.

Connecting to projectors, (dual) monitors, etc continues to be a hassle due to varying connectors (VGA), DVI, Displayport, HDMI, etc. so for travel you will still either use the LCD display most of the time or have dual monitors connected like a workstation.

The expected life span of a laptop is about 3 years, workstations 5+ years. Like women and cars, computers have a poor return on investment.
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12/24/2016 8:27:36 AM (last edit: 12/24/2016 8:04:50 PM)
show user profile  FX
Get a laptop riser, adds years to the lifespan, heat kills, I still have an old Toshiba L870, it was a year old when I bought it and it refuses to die, I absolutely hammered it for about 3+ years rendering with 2 external monitors, also had a dual case fan pointed at the back of it to cool it even more.

I'd imagine these £3000+ laptops have better cooling, but a little extra doesn't hurt.

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12/24/2016 2:30:21 PM (last edit: 12/24/2016 2:30:21 PM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
All good stuff guys really, and I had seen the Razor but it didnt have the ram, nor the 4 SSD's ion RAID 0...upgrade options seemed smaller too.

Either way I am very pleased with the Titan Pro 4k. Eh...latest version of Adobe? ..sure.
Issues hooking up to other display devices? Nope...not for quite some time. No problem driving all the displays I need plus even more into a Matrox.

This is for mobile art installs, Vive, Vjing and a host of other things so it is exactly what I need. It's certainly not for sitting on a plane, working on a document, with it on my lap.

I really appreciate all the options and ideas....pretty cool tech out there these days!

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12/24/2016 4:17:35 PM (last edit: 12/24/2016 4:21:38 PM)
show user profile  c0
"Mobile art installs"

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12/24/2016 8:07:48 PM (last edit: 12/27/2016 6:51:31 AM)
show user profile  Dr. Jim
Not quite left

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12/25/2016 9:54:17 PM (last edit: 12/25/2016 9:54:17 PM)
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