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Be better for rendering on laptops....I wanna save money lol....but wanna have the best performance....so it's a choice between a gt 520m/540m/555m to a 560m/570m/580m if video cards don't help at all with rendering I'll probably just stick with a gt555m
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On this site it says the gtx 5220 supports vp5 and the 580m supports vp4 it says the vp5 is faster for encoding...which is true? http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...X.54717.0.html gt520m http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.56636.0.html gtx580m
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Nvidia Quadro 1000M and 2000M are faster than a 580M for rendering. All consumer-grade Nvidia cards have rendering performance similar to gaming performance(ie if a 580M is 70% faster for gaming than a 520M, same applies for rendering, roughly).

Either go Quadro or get a 555M. You'd be wasting money and putting out a ton of extra heat with a 560/570/580M over a 1000M.

I'd also like to ask, for what programs? For Adobe CS5 definitely a 2000M is the way to go(a lot of CS5 programs have acceleration for Quadro cards, usually 2000M +). For Maya etc. a 1000M will be *close enough*. If it's "that serious"(job, school(excluding some silly undergrad CAD junk), etc) don't cheap out.
 
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Nvidia Quadro 1000M and 2000M are faster than a 580M for rendering. All consumer-grade Nvidia cards have rendering performance similar to gaming performance(ie if a 580M is 70% faster for gaming than a 520M, same applies for rendering, roughly).

Either go Quadro or get a 555M. You'd be wasting money and putting out a ton of extra heat with a 560/570/580M over a 1000M.

I'd also like to ask, for what programs? For Adobe CS5 definitely a 2000M is the way to go(a lot of CS5 programs have acceleration for Quadro cards, usually 2000M +). For Maya etc. a 1000M will be *close enough*. If it's "that serious"(job, school(excluding some silly undergrad CAD junk), etc) don't cheap out.
I never even heard of "quadro" where would I get that? It's not an option for sager laptops is it?
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I never even heard of "quadro" where would I get that? It's not an option for sager laptops is it?
Quadro cards only come in business-class laptops(workstations). Example, Dell Precision, HP Elitebook, Thinkpad W520. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...nu-id=products

The W520 has a $1300 base price, best you'll find with Quadro graphics. Really depends on what you need it for but for outright rendering, you won't get anything better for less. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...nu-id=products

Again I'd need more details to help you more, you might/might not need Quadro graphics. If you want fastest rendering and can take a 20% hit in gaming vs. the consumer equivalent(probably 460M), and it's in your budget, do it. PM me if you focus you have more specific questions/want more advice, I could probably knock this out in 1 more reply.
 
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As jrbroad77 said , All 500M series have the same rendering power ..

But it differs in gaming First The Low-end cards ( 520M - 520MX ) , Then The Mid-range ( 525M - 540M - 550M - 555M ) - High-end ( 560M - 570M - 580M ) ..

The quadro cards will help you in rendering but not much in games ..
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I don't really care about playing games on this laptop that's for my desktop lol....ghis laptop is strictly for rendering and editing and programming....might play cod4 though when I'm bored...which Isn't to spec heavy.
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I would like a 1920x1080 screen though...:|
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Are you talking about final rendering? In which case, the CPU/RAM > anything else (well, maybe HDD/SSD speed ). Viewport rendering, even a basic quattro or firepro (AMD) card will do, unless if you get crazy insane in each scene, lol. I survived on a Firepro FireGL V3100 for a long while before I finally made the jump to a GTX580 consumer card (softimage has DX rendering modes, which could care less about OpenGL optimizations - though for nVidia, the ASIC is different, some 3 extra Geometry procs in the Quattro GF110 vs the consumer ).
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I would like a 1920x1080 screen though...:|
The W520 has a 1080p screen option for $250. More expensive than Sager's cheap(low quality) 1080p panel, since the Thinkpad's has 95% color gamut and ~270nit.

Also yeah, it does depend a bit on what programs you need. I know for a fact that CS5 After Effects has hardware acceleration for 2000M(not 1000M).

As for 2000M vs 580M... 2000M > 580M for most rendering that uses GPU. It's behind 15% in Cinebench OpenGL(probably not very relevent) http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.47316.0.html Sure, 580M might win on occasion but it'd be a bad choice considering max TDP is 100W on a 580M and 55W on a 2000M(meaning, 50% worse performance/watt rendering...)

edit: 560M benchmarks, same amount of CUDA cores as a 2000M so it's a good head-to-head comparison(Solidworks, Catia, etc. performance should be a rough indicator) http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.48313.0.html
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