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HP 8530W Laptop for ArchiCad

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Hi Guys,

I have a client looking for a laptop. Only issues is he wants to use ArchiCad on it and it not be painfully slow to render or do anything.

Can anyone give me some insight on graphics cards that work best with Archicad.

I have found a HP 8530W laptop which I think will do the trick nicely, but i just want to know if the graphics card is compatible.

Also would like to know if ArchiCad 12 is WIndows 7 640bit compatible?

Specs are as follows:
PROC : Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 (2.80GHz, 6MB L2 cache, 1066MHz)
CHIPSET : Mobile Intel PM45 Express Chipset ICH9M-Enhanced
MEM : 2 x 4GB (800MHz)
HDD : 320GB 7,200 rpm SATA hard drive
OPTICAL : SuperMulti DVD+/-RW with Lightscribe
DISPLAY : 15.4" (diag) WUXGA WVA anti-glare (1920 x 1200 Res)
AUDIO : High Definition Audio support w/24-bit DAC
POWER : 8-cell Li-ion battery
GRAPHICS : NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M graphics with 512 MB dedicated memory
NTWK : Intel WIFI Link 5300 (3x3) a/b/g/n (vPro)
PORTS : 4 USB 2.0, 1 1394a, 1 RJ-11, 1 RJ-45, 1 Mic in, 1 headphone/
line-out, 1 docking conn, 1 HDMI, 1 battery conn, 1 eSATA,
1 VGA, 1 AC power
EXP SLOTS : Supports ExpressCard/54 & ExpressCard/34
OS : Win7 PRO

Thanks in advance,
Ross Gay
Chaptech Technology Consultants Mackay
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I had since 2004 till just recently:
HP pavilion zv5240us
Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3 GHz
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP
512 MB Memory - I had to upgrade it to 1024 though!
15.4" WXGA High-Definition Widescreen Display

it worked quite well!
Of course if you have any highrise bldg. it will go slower, but overall the HP worked just fine!

Now I have TOSHIBA
PROC : Intel Core 2 Duo (3.0GHz)
4 GB Memory

And this one is working very well!

I think the one you're describing will work very well!
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I run Windows quite happily on my Macs but I assume that is not a fit for your client.

If he is planning to run in Win7 64bit then I would recommend that he upgrade to AC13. It runs very nicely. I'm looking forward to 64bit on the Mac side.
Gerald Hoffman
Also would like to know if ArchiCad 12 is WIndows 7 64bit compatible?
I am running AC 12 in Windows 7. It installs in the Programs (x86) folder in 32 bit mode and seems just as stable as XP Pro.

"The simplification of anything is always sensational" GKC
AC 25-4013 USA, CadImage Tools
2019 MacBook Pro 16" w/ AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU
OS X 11.6
2.4 Ghz 8 core i9, 64 GB RAM
27" LG 5K Monitor
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