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post #1 of 12
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How is this card. My girlfriend wants a sleek stylish laptop for architecture school and we looked at soo many and she likes the Dell Studio 15. Works because it matches my XPS 1530 pretty good. I tried to push on of the really powerfull ASUS lappies but appearantly they arent pretty. She is coming from a macbook pro. Anyways the best the Studio 15 has to offer is the Radeon 3450 which i have never eve heard of. Is it any good for a mobile GPU? The only thing she will do on it is run some photoshop, CAD, Sketchup for 3d modeling.
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post #2 of 12
It's pretty much middle of the road as far as mobile GPU's go. Way better than any intel graphics, but not quite as strong as some of the more expensive solutions. But she should be fine with that, for what she needs it to do.
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post #3 of 12
it should be good enough for such work. photoshop is more CPU and RAM intensive than GPU, same for cad and 3d modeling.

do not expect gaming much because mobile versions of the desktop are almost always slightly downclocked to their desktop counterparts
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post #4 of 12
Its acceptable for low intensity stuff. Since none of those programs utilize the GPU much, it doesn't really matter.
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The 3450 might be a little limited. It's on par with a x1600 and the 9400M GS. It has about 1600~2000 Marks on 3DMark06. (That should give you an idea on how it performs)

Try getting one with a HD2600 or 3650, those will get you near the 4000marks range.

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post #6 of 12
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Its acceptable for low intensity stuff. Since none of those programs utilize the GPU much, it doesn't really matter.
well sketchup is really the only GPU heavy program. It actually can utilize it a little but still more CPU heavy. The newer autocad promises to use the GPU more and photoshop is fine with what she does. The CPU in those lappies arent bad, 2.4ghz from the one we picked out.
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The 3450 might be a little limited. It's on par with a x1600 and the 9400M GS. It has about 1600~2000 Marks on 3DMark06. (That should give you an idea on how it performs)

Try getting one with a HD2600 or 3650, those will get you near the 4000marks range.

3dmarks mean nothing for CAD/modeling/photo editing.
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The 3450 might be a little limited. It's on par with a x1600 and the 9400M GS. It has about 1600~2000 Marks on 3DMark06. (That should give you an idea on how it performs)

Try getting one with a HD2600 or 3650, those will get you near the 4000marks range.

That helped out alot. I can handle those scores for her because she wont be gaming unless its something really whimpy.
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3dmarks mean nothing for CAD/modeling/photo editing.
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(That should give you an idea on how it performs)
Just an easier way to know its relative performance. It WILL be noticable on 3D modeling and sketchup, those rely quite a bit on graphical power
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post #10 of 12
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Thanks, I was just trying to get an idea about where these cards stand next to some other options. Doesnt sounds like much of a performer but it may get the job done for what she does. It either 3450 or integrated graphics so not much of a choice.
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