I currently have a Lenova W520 laptop but I am having considerable trouble with the drivers for Nvidia Quadro 2000M card, autocad freezes and 3ds Max viewports are not stable, have tried getting assistance from Autodesk , Lenova and Nvidia but generally with no real improvements.
Therefore my next option is to look towards Dell and use the Precision M4600, has anybody had any experience with this machine regarding the 2 Autodesk applications, my major concern is that the graphics card is also nvidia Quadro 2000M.
The M6600 with dedicated video is a better idea - Audodesk's software has well known issues with hybrid video systems. For that matter, a desktop is a better idea than a notebook for any Autodesk software.
3DS Max and Autocad have specific hardware requirements.
Autodesk certification testing focuses on workstation-grade hardware, as identified by the hardware vendor.
Intel 64 or AMD64 processor with SSE2 technology3
8 GB RAM
8 GB swap space4
3 GB free hard drive space
Direct3D 10, Direct3D 9, or OpenGL-capable graphics card5
1 GB or higher video card memory
Three-button mouse with mouse driver software
Internet connection for web downloads and Autodesk Subscription-aware access
Some features of 3ds Max 2013 and 3ds Max Design 2013 are only enabled when used with graphics hardware that supports Shader Model 3.0 (Pixel Shader and Vertex Shader 3.0). In addition, Quicksilver hardware rendering requires additional GPU resources to work effectively. A minimum of 512 MB of graphics memory should be used. A minimum of 1 GB is recommended for the most complex scenes, shaders, and lighting modes. The integrated NVIDIA® iray® rendering technology operates well solely with CPU processing but processing can be accelerated by NVIDIA GPU CUDA technology.
This means a
Dell Precision M6600 with Quadro 5010M
Selected Product(s): Autodesk Maya 2013
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Graphics Card Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Nvidia Driver Release 296.35 [22.214.171.12435] for Dell laptop