Question on hardware (laptops) for current SCI-Arc folks


I'll be starting one of the EDGE programs in the Fall. I'm wondering what most rigs people are running at the graduate level at SCI-Arc? Mainly wondering if I'll need to upgrade for the year or if my current rig is fine:

Alienware 15 R2, i7-6820HK (2.7ghz, 4 Core)
GTX 980m (4gb), 16gb RAM, 256 SSD + 1TB HDD

I'm thinking if I'm not getting a new laptop that I might just upgrade from 16gb RAM to 32gb RAM. 

Apr 23, 19 4:28 pm
Non Sequitur

If you're going to upgrade, build a tower.

Besides that, maxing out the ram and getting a good cooling tray is a wise move.

Apr 23, 19 4:54 pm  · 

Unfortunately building a tower isn't an option as I need to have a machine that I can fly with. I've been considering a few of the RTX 2060 laptops. On the other hand with things like Vray Next Cloud and cheap render farms I'm wondering if upgrading is that important. My viewport performance is already great - seems like the bottleneck is just software optimizations.


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