RE: Intel Centrino Performance for 3D Design and RP

From: rwaldon (
Date: Sun May 11 2003 - 04:30:55 EEST



            Henry Is Correct, though I would chose a laptop with the nVidia
geForce 4 video graphics. From my own experience and Solid works testing
Ati has problems displaying

Files correctly and there can be corruption when picking a point on the
part. Using 3d light-year and Solid view the ATI drivers have caused invalid
page faults. Something they are trying to fix.


Most Pent. 4 chips 1.4 to 2.5 GHz provide support for up to 1GB of ram
whether the motherboard does or not is another story. 2.52, 2.6, 2.8, and
the 3.06 should support 2 GB or more of ram, but there again it's up to the
motherboard to also support that much ram.


You can get a Dell Precision M50 Notebook computer with:

2.5GHz proc.

2GB ddr Ram

nVidia Quadra 700 video (Great card)

40GB hard drive


and so on for about $5,500.00

2GB of ram is the set back on this it runs about $1200.00 but it's worth it
if your handling large files.


Good luck with finding a model to suit your needs.


Jay Waldon

Laser Reproductions

System Administrator

950 Taylor Station Road

Gahanna, Oh. 43230





-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of Henry Sommer
Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2003 6:25 PM
Subject: RE: Intel Centrino Performance for 3D Design and RP



            I am also interested in that. The bigger issue I have found is
in finding a system with a good video card. Laptops aren't like desktop
where you can add your own components. Please let me know what systems you
are looking at. The only ones I know of with 64 megs of video ram is an IBM
(ATI raedon 9000 go) and the Dell D800 (Nividia geforce4 4200 go ). One of
the nicest things about the Centrino is that it supports 2 gigs of system
ram. Not all of the Pentium 4-M systems do that. I wouldn't worry about not
having a cad card for solid works.

            There are laptops with the desktop Pentium 4 all the way up to
3.06 GHz. They would be the best performer but again I couldn't find on with
a good graphics card.

Henry Sommer


-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 6:30 AM
Subject: Intel Centrino Performance for 3D Design and RP


I am interested in knowing if anybody on the list has compared the
performance of the Intel Centrino processor against a more traditional
Pentium IV, when running software like Solidworks or other 3D design
software. If so, how much faster or slower did the Centrino perform?

Al Hastbacka

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