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Ian Wells
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New Laptop?

Post by Ian Wells » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:24 am

While building my latest course in APCD I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the time it takes to zoom in to modify/add vertices etc.. I have completed the first 11 holes complete with 90% of their seam blends. With the remaining course to complete plus planting and 3D work I am struggling to maintain my enthusiasm to complete the course. I have cleaned my laptop via the app Daniel suggested - thanks Daniel - but there is no noticeable change. As such I am considering a new laptop.

My question is will the laptop specified below solve my problem?

Lenovo Legion Y540 17

Processor Intel Core i5-9300H Processor (2.40GHz 8MB)

Operating system Windows 10 Home 64

Display type 17.3 "FHD IPS AntiGlare LED Backlight 1920x1080

Total memory 8.0GB PC4-21300 DDR4 SODIMM SODIMM 2666MHz

Hard disk 256GB SSD PCIe

Graphics Card GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5

My existing laptop specs can be seen at viewtopic.php?f=4&t=113&start=10

I am not a gamer so do not need a laptop for that.

It has taken a while for me to find what I believe to be a suitable laptop (at an acceptable price) and there are only a limited number left, therefore I hope that the technical experts can help me while the model is available. I do not want to buy a new laptop and have no improvement.

Thanks for any help.

Ian

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Adelade
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Re: New Laptop?

Post by Adelade » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:44 am

Take this following post with a grain of salt please as I am definitely not knowledgeable enough about specs and this kinda stuff, I hope you get a reply by someone who actually knows what theyre talking about.

Im a bit confused as to why youre experiencing a slow APCD. Looking at your current specs, while they cant be called strong with todays standards, youre not supposed to need to meet "todays standards" to run APCD ok. Yes APCD has many problems but you seem to describe a slowdown situation. I mean I was able to somewhat maneuver the program back when I had a Windows ME desktop with 128 MB RAM and who knows what other garbage specs they were compared to laptops from the past 5 years... Your current GPU, while ranking pretty low on https://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Gr ... 844.0.html (ctrl+f "5500" to find it), still ranks slightly higher than my last laptop's Nvidia 540M which I used to play fairly highly demanding 3d games on, I never did APCD with it but I cant imagine it would have had slowdown issues with it. For slowdowns while zooming in it sounds to me like it ought to be a GPU problem, but just doesnt feel likely to me with your GPU to me seeming like it should at least be serviceable. Then is it a CPU problem? I believe a lot of low-end laptops with i3s can be quite slow, but yours at least run at 2 GHz... Im worse at judging CPUs than GPUs but I wonder if its truly the cpu thats bottlenecking your APCD performance. But again yea what do I know, just speculating, hopefully someone else offers insight.

I bet you're already familiar with it, but maybe turning off some stuff within APCD Display could help out in the meantime? Maybe turning off textures. Or probably more helpful - selecting Render > Render Hole or Render selection rather than Render Course.

Ian Wells
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Re: New Laptop?

Post by Ian Wells » Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:34 pm

Adelade,
Thanks for your reply, your knowledge is infinitely more than mine.
The laptop I am using is the same one that I completed Wade Hampton GC and although towards the end I had to “ Render Selection” for it to be workable it was just acceptable to my impatient self.
After reading your comments I restarted my laptop and only opened APCD and it certainly runs much better. I do not shutdown my laptop every evening after working on it and I do leave programs/apps open, perhaps this had an effect on the speed. (The RAM usage before shutdown was over 5GB whereas on restart with only APCD open it is 2.5GB.)
Perhaps all that is needed is me being more careful and more frugal in which apps I have open while working on APCD?

For the present it seems to be workable and so I shall put on hold the purchase of a new laptop. (I could have completed another hole using the time I spent finding a possible replacement laptop.) :I was beginning to get excited about having a new laptop :whistle:

Thanks again for your reply.

Ian

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