Is there a driver for the Nvida GTX 460M graphich that will allow it to work with SolidWorks 2010?
There is one and it's made by Asus too, G73JH-B1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220808; out of stock right now but keep scouring the net to find others.
You will need to try various drivers to see if you can find one that works. Geforce cards are not approved for SolidWorks, so you will not find any approved drivers on SolidWorks list of approved video cards.
Why do you ask? Are you having video troubles with your card?
I generally run SolidWorks on a Dell T 3500 Precision work station with an i7 with 16G of Ram and a Nvidia card and it works very well. It is a rather desktop unit. I am going to take an extended trip which will last 4 mounths and need a portabel computer to run SW on. I am considering the ASUS G73JW-A1 which has an Intel i7 processor with 8 G ram and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 M graphics Card. It cost about $1500. I just cant afford the Dell Precision M portable that cost considerably more that 2X.
I do know how important having the right Graphics Card is.
Thanks for your help.
Check out the Dell Outlet offerings at http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfb/notebooks/precn_m/cp.aspx?refid=precn_m&s=dfb&cs=28
thanks for the lead. I never knwe about this web site before. I looked at it and although the offerings are much better than on the normal Dell site but are still not in the same game as the ASUS when it comes to processor, memmory etc. I am going to keep cjecking to see if something comes up.
Again thanks for the lead.
Find a laptop with an i7 cpu and an ATI video card. Most ATI gaming cards will do Solidworks just fine. I've got an old Radeon 4600 HD at home and Solidworks does fine--within reason of course.
I did look at the SolidWorks web site and was impressed as to the number of ATI and Nvida offerings. I have always used Nvida cards with Dell computers for about a decade, ever since SW came out with the really good graphics stuff that only Nvidia cards satisfied. Because of this long time great success I always felt they were great. The times have changed and Gamers are driving the high powered low cost computer systems. A close associate just received a Alien with a water cooled overclocked i7 and 32 G ram. It has a high powered ATI graphics card. Renderings that used to take more than a minute are running in a little over 10 seconds. It does not take long to pay for a $6000 system with this king of improvement in speed.
So bottom line is that so far I have not been able to find a Lap Top computer that is powered by an i7 processor and has 8G of ram and has an ATI graphics card, runs Windows 7 X 64 and cost $2000 or less. There may be no such animal out there.
this is the right answer. Thanks so much for the help. I am now looking to find someone who has it but I can wait a month or so if necessary.
Mwave's got it in stock and I've used them before for other purchases and they are fast and reliable. Amazon also has a couple 3rd party resellers with these in stock but a little higher priced (Mwave's <$1700)
It does exist! Sam's Club has this HP
Intel® Core™ i7-720QM6GB DDR3- supports upgrade to 8GB1TB (2x500GB) Dual Hard Drivehigh-definition 17.3" diagonal HP BrightView LED display
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650.
They have a limited number for $1199.00 plus shipping and applicable taxes.
Hope this helps.
thanks so much for the information. That is a very good price. Are you running SW on one with the ATI HD 5650. If so how does it work?
Sorry for the slow response. I had just purchased the computer and not had much chance to work on it other than some quick try outs. The 5650 card works great and the entire machine handles SW fantastically. Animations and 360 views are smooth and no problems with glitches, crashes or lag.
All in all, this machine (the HP dv7 with i7 processor and 1TB dual HDD) is awesome! The deal at Sam's club for $1199+ tax is the best I have seen in months for these parameters.
I would recommend it to anyone looking to be able to have their work portable.
I'm glad to hear the ASUS worked out for you. I figured since you were originally okay with a GTX card that realview didn't matter to you. It is mostly a gimmick anyway as the only thing it helps is with justification when your boss's boss comes knocking around.
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