Your opinion on these laptops i'm considering?


I’d like to upgrade my laptop to be able to work easier/quicker on small-medium sized, mostly interior scenes. I’m also interested in utilizing ray traced lighting within UE4.
Currently what I have is a 17" HP Pavillion
**8 Gb’s ram
Geforce 940M
Intel i7-5500U @ 2.39GHz dual core. **

I was looking at two different models of the HP Omen and what I was hoping to hear from you is what you think? Considering what I want to use it for, and that alone, would there be much of a difference between the two? Would the differences be noticeable at all within the UE4 editor? There are lots of reviews out there but they all focus on video games, it’s very difficult to find anything that applies to me.

Omen by HP 15-dc1040nr Gaming laptop - NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 with Max-Q design…pt=ABA&sel=NTB

OMEN by HP 17-cb0040nr - NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 207…pt=ABA&sel=NTB

The prices on these two vary quite a bit but performance spec wise, they seem very similar. Would a Max-Q RTX 2070 really be that much of a downgrade over a full 2070? Would the 15" hinder me at all in ways that the 17" wouldn’t? Do you know of anything within a similar price range that would be better than the above options?

Appreciate your time

Those both look like stonking laptops. Generally speaking the problem, even with gaming laptops, is you just can’t get a decent video card. Main things are:

  1. At least 4 cores ( covered )

  2. SSD, no HDD ( I didn’t check this )

  3. Good vid card. ( They both look pretty good but I’m not particularly knowledgeable in that regard ).

  4. Enough RAM, 16 would be better, I think 8 will be a little tight in a quite soon.

The other problem with laptops is the bus architecture. Basically, if you can get a desktop, then do. If you must have a laptop, then this kind of thing is in the right ballpark. ( definitely better that a 940M ).

Thanks for the reply. Both of these models have 16Gbs of RAM. Unless you meant Vram?
As for my 940M, it works surprisingly well for an old laptop. Laptops are my only option because I have limited space. It’s really lightmap baking that’s an issue in how long it takes for small scenes on Production, I also really want to start using Ray Traced lights. I think the internals are fine, Im just afraid the MaxQ variant won’t be able to give me a smooth editor experience with raytracing. Again i’m not asking for much out of it, A handful of raytraced lights in a scene, i’m not asking it to play video games or anything.

I think you’ll find you need a gaming setup. At the moment, ray tracing is only available on certain cards, but more stuff will be pushed towards the graphics card in the near future.

Also for a smooth editor experience.