The tools used for 3D modelling are graphics intensive. Some of these programs are Auto CAD, Maya, 3D Max and Revit. When working with these graphics intensive programs, you will require a good GPU such that the workload on your CPU and RAM is significantly less.
Along with a powerful GPU, a large storage and high RAM is also required. A computer with a higher screen resolution and a relatively large screen size serves you the best. The gaming laptops have great graphics and performance, and hence suits your needs for 3D modelling too.
Most CAD applications like Solidworks, Revit have published minimum hardware and system requirements on their website. Solidworks for instance needs atleast 8gb ram and 64bit processor with SSE2 support along with dedicated graphics card. The OS needs to be Windows 7 or above. In this post we take a look at some of the best laptops that meet the hardware and software requirements for most CAD applications. Most of them have ram memory of 8gb with 64bit processors from intel or amd along with Windows 10 OS. So lets take a look at the list.
|Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6"||View on Amazon →||4.1|
|MSI GE63 Raider RGB-012 15.6"||View on Amazon →||4|
|ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, 15.6"||View on Amazon →||3.7|
|2018 Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6-inch Full HD||View on Amazon →||2.8|
|Lenovo Y700 - 15.6 FHD Gaming Laptop||View on Amazon →||3.5|
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ Full HD IPS, Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1060-6GB, VR Ready, Red Backlit KB, Metal Chassis, Windows 10 64-bit, G3-571-77QK
Acer no longer relies on a black and red design as it did with the last Helios 300. Instead, the company has switched to black and blue, although it has stuck with an aluminium and plastic chassis. While the aluminium keyboard deck and display lid help make the Helios 300 look premium, their matte finishes pick up fingerprints easily. Acer has adorned the device with some light blue accents too, which contrast nicely against the black aluminium. The Predator logo also has a blue backlight.
Our review unit is well made and sturdy. While our attempts to twist or dent the base unit were made in vain, we could twist the display lid slightly. The display resisted our efforts to temporarily deform it, though. The Helios 300 has stable display hinges too. The two hinges not only hold the display tightly and keep teetering to a minimum, but they also allow for the device to be opened with one hand.
Acer has equipped the Helios 300 with all the ports that most gamers should need. The device has four USB 3.2 ports, of which one is Type-C. While you could connect the Helios 300 to an external display via its Type-C port, you could also use the dedicated HDMI and mini DisplayPort ports instead. Acer has included an Ethernet port too, but no card reader. Hence, you must have an adapter to hand if you want to transfer files from a memory card. Acer has distributed the ports across the left and right sides of the device, as most OEMs do. However, these are flanked by large ventilation grilles that may exhaust warm air over your hands, regardless of with which hand you hold an external mouse. Cables may also get in your way, but both are minor gripes. There are two other ventilation grilles at the back of the device too.
Acer has equipped our review unit with a Killer Wireless-AC 1550i chip, a picture of which we have included to the right of this section. The 1550i provided stable and fast transfer speeds during our tests, which allowed the Helios 300 to finish top of our iperf3 Client comparison tables overall. Last year’s Helios 300 narrowly beat its successor in one test with its Intel Wireless-AC 9560, though. The new Helios 300 has a Killer E2500 Ethernet controller on board too, which offers a Gigabit LAN connection. Ethernet worked just as well as Wi-Fi did during our tests.
MSI GE63 Raider RGB-012 15.6″ 120Hz 3ms Performance Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 6G i7-8750H (6 Cores) 16GB 128GB SSD + 1TB Per Key RGB KB, VR Ready, Metal Chassis, Windows 10 64 bit
MSI didn’t call this the Raider RGB for nothing. The lid is typical for MSI, with the company’s logo and red dragon shield on aluminum with a brushed pattern. But where you’d usually find two red accents are two customizable light stripes, and they sure do draw attention. It feels like overkill to have RGB where you can’t see it, but, hey, gaming headphone manufacturers do it all the time, and it sure is pretty to onlookers. When you lift the lid, you’ll find that the 15.6-inch, 1080p display is surrounded by a thick bezel. The deck is also brushed aluminum, and the keys, too, are RGB backlit and customizable.
On the right side of the laptop are a pair of USB 3.0 ports and an SD Card reader. The left side is where you’ll find the Ethernet jack, an HDMI output, a mini DisplayPort, another USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C port, and speaker, headphone and microphone jacks. And just in case you were wondering, yes, some of the ports (specifically, the USB Type-A ports) also have lights, though those are solely red.
The Raider RGB’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080p display looks nice, but I wish it were just a tad brighter. Just a smidge. When I watched the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the titular characters’ costumes were the perfect shades of red, blue and gold, respectively. However, when I tried to increase the brightness a notch or two, I found it was already as bright as the display could go.
ASUS VivoBook Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, 15.6″ Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD+1TB HDD, GeForce GTX 1050 4GB, backlit Keys – M580VD-EB76
The ASUS M580VD-EB76 VivoBook looks and feels like a premium desktop-replacement laptop. But on the inside, it’s different story as it packs enough raw power to play modern AAA games, sans random LEDs and logos that otherwise shout “gamer.” With a stylish modern construction, a powerful seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor, a Pascal GTX 1050 graphics card, and hardware that sets it ahead of the competition in terms of performance, it’s clearly competitive.
It doesn’t quite beat the Acer Predator Helios 300, our current top pick for entry-level gaming laptops, on overall performance and build quality, but if you need a laptop that can perform daily office work and media tasks when you’re not playing, it’s certainly worth considering.
The VivoBook line is a pretty new concept, but it picks the same deluxe design from the Zenbook line over its several iterations, and the latest entrant has the same sturdy construction seen on its predecessor ASUS K501UW-AB78. Sure, there’s more than a passing resemblance to the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro, but the new svelte design and newer elements give it a flavor of its own. The VivoBook M580VD-EB76 measures 0.8 by 15 by 10 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.1 pounds, which is within an ounce or two of competitors like Apple’s MacBook Pro and this year’s Dell XPS 15 Touch.
Surrounded by a half-inch black bezel, the 15.6-inch screen is bright and crisp with Full HD (1920-by-1080) resolution. We expected that the screen will turn heads on such a perfect system, but instead of an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, Asus opted for a Twisted-Nematic (TN) panel, which doesn’t offer wide viewing angles, though the colors are sharp and vivid.
Ultra-High Resolution (UHD) resolution displays have recently become the latest standard for luxury desktop replacement setup, and even though the VivoBook is advertised as a gaming laptop, most of us would use it for technical activities such as media development and others. The low-resolution monitor places the VivoBook with the likes of the Dell XPS 15 Contact and the 12.5-inch Razer Blade Stealth on unequal feet. A higher resolution doesn’t count for much for gaming, particularly on a tiny monitor, meaning color fidelity doesn’t suffer much. Hardware and applications are designed for vibrant colour with 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut and 72 percent NTSC, meaning images and films would be more realistic.
2018 Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) Premium Gaming Laptop PC, Intel Quad Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GTX 1050, Backlit Keyboard, Black
Dell’s 15.6-inch, midrange notebook is a bland, chunky block. It has long been the case that the Inspiron lineup lacks any sort of aesthetic muse, and the Inspiron 15 5000 follows this trend. It’s a plastic, silver slab bearing Dell’s logo in a mirror sheen.
The inspiron 15 5000 show is absolutely horrible. Yeah, it’s 15.6 inches and has a resolution of 1080p, but it’s blurred and fuzzy too. As I glanced at the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, Gamora’s green skin had a sickly white hue, the spiderweb designs in Spider-Man’s suit were hard to discern, and there was no sign of red in Star-Lord’s jacket; instead, it seemed gray. The blue sky over Wakanda turned out to be white, and Thanos had a blue hue on his purple skin. The Dell’s panel weighed 175 nits on average, dimmer than the Aspire (200 nits) and the normal (230 nits) respectively.
The speakers on the Inspiron are large enough and filled up a tiny conference room comfortably when I listened to Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap.” The lyrics and drums of the song were obvious, but an overarching bass line did not stick out from the rest of the mix. The pre-installed MaxxAudio Pro Waves has a lot of preset equalizers and several dials to change the sound, but I thought the best choices were the usual.
Although our Inspiron system has a multitasking Intel Core i5-8250U and 8 GB of RAM, the 1 TB, 5,400-rpm HDD is sluggish relative to the SSDs you find on other machines (you will pay more to set up the Inspiron with an SSD). I had 15 tabs open in Google Chrome (one of which watched Late Night’s 1080p episode with Seth Meyers) when the laptop stopped and showed the loading symbol before I could open further browsers.
Lenovo Y700 – 15.6 FHD Gaming Laptop (Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, GTX 960M) 80NV00W4US
Lenovo seems to be riding in the understated-chic path — at least as far as its gaming / entertainment laptops are concerned. Once again, the range of notebooks has been rebranded, but not much has improved from last year’s Y50, other than a capital “L” on the Lenovo emblem on the lid and the black-and-red grille is positioned more prominently in the rear. Many keyboard deck has a matte, soft-touch texture. The top part of the deck includes on each side of the hinge the two large aluminium speaker grilles constructed of a shiny black material. This is by no means an obscene theme, but like so many laptops sporting the black-and-red pattern, it’s certainly a little old.
The Y700’s 15-inch 1920 x 1080 panel averaged 263 nits on our light meter, beating the 244-nit mainstream average. It was still no match for the Alienware 15, which hit a dazzling 311 nits, but the Inspiron 15-7000 produced a measly 222 nits. Also, the Y700 performed good on Delta-E, which tests color fidelity — it scored 0.7 (0 is the ideal), truncating the Alienware 15’s 1.3 and the Dell’s 4.1 tone. On the show line, however, it isn’t just sunlight and rainbows. Just 60.8 per cent of the sRGB color gamut was generated by the Y700-much less than the 100 per cent ideal. The 15-7000 Inspiron did slightly higher, at 70%, while the Alienware was near to fine, at 98%.
Lenovo’s partnership with JBL is also paying off. The Y700 blasts out bright, clear music, with a pair of JBL speakers and a bottom-mounted subwoofer. Even the laptop is fitted with Dolby tech, integrated into the latest Configuration menu of Lenovo, where you can control five audio configuration: interactive, song, video, gaming and speech.