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    Hi everyone, I'm starting college this fall as an engineering student, and I'm looking for a laptop that would be able to last through my time there. My main concern is for the 3D graphics I'll be using in my AutoCad classes, and so far I've narrowed it down to these two choices:

    ASUS A53SV-NH51
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    ASUS N53SN-XV1

    So I've got two questions that I'm hoping someone can help me with. Even though the graphics cards aren't AutoDesk-approved, would these be able to handle the type of 3D designs I'll be working with?
    And about the resolution, both do exceed the minimum 1,280 x 1,024, but would there be a big difference between the 1920 x 1080 resolution of the N53 versus the 1366 x 768 of the A53?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    Here we go again. Another thread title but no question.

    Is this a case of another moderated thread that has yet to be vetted possibly due to links?
    Sorry about that, I originally posted something but it's missing now. I basically said that I'll be entering college in the Fall as a Mech. engineer, and I need to start looking for a laptop that I can use for my AutoCad classes (specs are here). I've narrowed it down to a few options, but I'm having some trouble choosing a graphics card and screen res.

    I've heard really good things about the Quadro for CAD, but it seems prohibitively expensive, so would something like the GeForce 540M be good enough?

    And about the screen res I wanted to ask if the difference in image quality between 1366x768 and 1600x900 is significant; I've noticed the first one is more common and more than likely cheaper, and both are above the minimum AutoCAD requirements.
    Thanks.

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    The higher the resolution, the more information you can see on the screen. Especially with the Ribbon, at 768, the drawing area will be very narrow vertically, roughly the same proportions as a cars rear view mirror.

    Below are 3 screenshots of AutoCAD at 1366x768, 1440x900, and 1920x1200 on my 17 laptop. Notice how many more tools are visible as resolution increases.
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    Thanks nestly, that helps a lot.
    How about the graphics card, do you think that even though it's not an AutoCAD-approved model it will be fine? From what I've read, what makes the Quadro different is just the drivers.

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