[Sidefx-houdini-list] OT: 13inch laptop for occasional noodling in Houdini...

Chris Rydalch crydalch at gmail.com
Sat Jul 15 14:35:09 EDT 2017


I found a used Sager NP7330 with a GTX 765M and 16GB RAM and put Mint on
it. Although it's a bit thick, it's a nice, small laptop for Houdini.

The 1080P res on the 13.3" screen can make some things hard to read, but
after tweaking HOUDINI_UISCALE it's fine.

On Jul 15, 2017 11:49 AM, "Dan Yargici" <danyargici at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for the input everyone.
>
> Bear in mind I'm replacing my creaking old 15" Asus G1Sn with it's 4gigs of
> RAM, Centrino CPU and crappy old GeForce 9500m...  Even with these specs
> I've been pleasantly surprised with what I can push out if it, so this will
> be a *huge* step up from what I've become accustomed to.  Also, my Asus is
> 3kg! (6.83 lbs) so having something I can throw in my bag on a whim is a
> huge factor in my decision making here.
>
> To be honest I'll mostly be just browsing, writing documents and all the
> usual stuff and anything I do 3d-wise will just be experimental proof of
> concept tests.  I've seen Houdini run on a 13' XPS and I honestly didn't
> find it bad at all both performance and resolution to screen-size ratio
> wise.  Plus it only had integrated Intel (pre-iris) graphics.
>
> I've heard good things said about the potential of the MX150 as you can see
> here:
>
> https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-MX150-Benchmark
> -and-Specs-of-the-GT-1030-for-Laptops.223530.0.html
>
> One last question is how much of a resource hog is Windows 10?  I'll
> probably just run Linux %95 of the time tbh.  It's all I currently use both
> at work and at home, but I'm still curious to know if there would be a
> night and day difference between the two.  The last Windows I touched was
> Windows 7 (My Asus shipped with Vista - it's that old!).
>
> Matt, out of curiosity, is your Surface Pro 4 an 8gb or 16gb model?
>
> Rasmus, I definitely hear what you're saying and I'm very conscious of the
> fact that I'm uncertain, but I need to keep reminding myself that the
> primary use of this machine will be mundane day-today tasks and consumimg
> media, the ability to do 3d work will be a secondary bonus.  Like I said,
> at this price point, I see nothing that touches this outside of the RAM
> concern.  A decent selection of ports is also a really big draw for me.
>
> Thanks again for the replies everyone, they're much appreciated; and sorry
> again for the OT noise...
>
> Dan.
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 9:49 AM, Olivier Jeannel <facialdeluxe at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I'm working houdini on a 16'  laptop in HD and I need some glasses to
> read
> > my vex.
> > I personnaly wouldn't go on 13'.
> >
> > Would be curious to try Houdini on a surface pro though :)
> >
> > 2017-07-15 2:34 GMT+02:00 Matt Estela <matt.estela at gmail.com>:
> >
> > > Based on your needs, should be fine.
> > >
> > > As a comparison I've been using a surface pro 4 as my noodly machine,
> > been
> > > great. Not gonna do mega flip sims on it, but that's never been my bag
> > > anyway.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sat, 15 Jul 2017 at 8:56 am, Rasmus Brinkløv <pingo1 at mac.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > It sounds borderline. If you need to ask you're not confident
> yourself
> > > > that it's the right choice :)
> > > >
> > > > P
> > > >
> > > > > On 14 Jul 2017, at 21.50, Robert Okker <robert.okker at darlings-post.
> > com
> > > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > I don't know if you have a proper workstation and a good internet
> > > > > connection, but if you have i would definitely recommend
> Teamviewer.
> > > > >
> > > > > I use it all the time and it has saved my family life ;)
> > > > >
> > > > > I can still go home every day and eat and play with the kids and
> when
> > > > they
> > > > > go to bed i open my little dell xps13, login and finish what's
> still
> > > > > waiting for me.
> > > > >
> > > > > And that's 30 kilometers away, i sometimes even do the finishing
> with
> > > > > nukestudio, and it all goes realtime.
> > > > > But a proper internet connection is a must.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Robert Okker
> > > > > Owner/Head of VFX
> > > > > Darlings Post productions
> > > > > Tel: + 31(0)20 - 6221900
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 9:40 PM, François Duchesneau <
> > > houdini at trinix.ca>
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > >> Hi Dan,
> > > > >>
> > > > >> I'm looking at just the CPU and you'd get 5242 on cpu benchmarks.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-7500U+
> > > > >> %40+2.70GHz&id=2863
> > > > >>
> > > > >> This is a bit stronger than my old MSI laptop with an i5 that I
> > bought
> > > > in
> > > > >> 2011. It's enough to do any sort of production like you said but
> I'm
> > > > pretty
> > > > >> sure it will work for testing features or learning, that kind of
> > > thing.
> > > > My
> > > > >> current laptop has an i7-5700hq and I've done a few jobs with it
> > > without
> > > > >> having any complains.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Personnally I wouldn't buy any computer with a U processor and
> would
> > > > stick
> > > > >> to higher processor like hq was back when I bought mine. I'm not
> > sure
> > > > how
> > > > >> they're called now. 8GB of ram is such a limitation too whereas
> 16GB
> > > > allows
> > > > >> you to do a lot more.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Just make sure you're not expecting to do any heavy calculation.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Francois
> > > > >>
> > > > >>
> > > > >>> On 07/14/2017 03:24 PM, Dan Yargici wrote:
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> Hello good folk of the Houdini list.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> I've been waiting for the new HP Envy range of 13inch laptops to
> > > arrive
> > > > >>> since the announcement in May so I can finally replace my
> current,
> > > > >>> ancient,
> > > > >>> (2006 - eeek!) machine.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> The new Envy range seemed to have all the boxes ticked for my
> > needs,
> > > > with
> > > > >>> modern ports (no Thunderbolt 3 though), dedicated graphics (the
> new
> > > > Nvidia
> > > > >>> MX150 with 2gb of vram), fingerprint reader, webcam in the
> correct
> > > > place
> > > > >>> (looking at you, Dell) etc.  However, since it's release I've
> been
> > > > told to
> > > > >>> my amazement that HP have no plans for a 16gb model, only 8gb.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> Now, the machine will mostly be for casual use, but I may want to
> > > > >>> occasionally do some noodling in Houdini at home so I just
> thought
> > > I'd
> > > > do
> > > > >>> a
> > > > >>> quick poll here to gauge people's opinions.  Obviously the kind
> of
> > > > Houdini
> > > > >>> work I'd be doing would be pretty lightweight geometry
> experiments
> > > and
> > > > >>> simple sims due to the obvious constraints also thrown up by
> using
> > a
> > > > >>> mobile
> > > > >>> CPU.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> So what do you think?  I'm not going to be able to wait for the
> > > > inevitable
> > > > >>> follow up version and like I say it's got pretty much every other
> > box
> > > > >>> ticked.  Aside from the RAM issue, for this price no other
> machine
> > > > comes
> > > > >>> close in the 13inch segment imo.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> Here are the specs:
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>>
> > > > http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=2GE75EA&
> > > opt=ABU&sel=NTB
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> Thanks.
> > > > >>>
> > > > >>> Dan.
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