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Work Laptop Suggestion

Hello,

I do lots of excel calculations where excels take minutes to an hour to calculate on my 4 core laptop currently at work.

I'm going to buy a new one to speed up my work.

What recommendations would you give to speed up speeds? Should I wait for AMD 5XXX laptop processor?

Thanks!
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Gee wrote: Do you need the mobility?

If not, consider a desktop and a 4k monitor.
Yea, must be a laptop unfortunately
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The Ryzen 9 4900H is one of the best CPUs you can get in a laptop right now.
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/as ... 0/14584170



But also consider a Lenovo Legion 5 with an Ryzen 7 4800H, as the Legion 5 seems to have better build quality and thermal cooling. That could offset the slightly lower performance of the CPU.
https://www.lenovo.com/ca/en/perkopolis ... /customize?
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Do you work for yourself? If not, shouldn't the company be buying it?
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maple1 wrote: Do you work for yourself? If not, shouldn't the company be buying it?
Yea but I can order it to what I want
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maple1 wrote: OK, I would suggest the P series from Lenovo which are their workstation laptops. Am sure Dell or HP have theirs as well.

https://www.lenovo.com/ca/en/laptops/c/ ... TYPE_ATTR4
The main difference between the T series and the P series is the option of a dedicated GPU, but that's not really going to make a difference for Excel work. And even if it did, the GPU in a typical gaming laptop is far better (and so is the CPU).

Although the gaming laptops don't look like they "fit in" in a business environment, they do give the best performance.
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Check out reddit and LaptopDealsCanada. Super helpful, knows his tech.
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rbkpwnz wrote: Yea, must be a laptop unfortunately
The X1 Carbon has a 4k option. Not really practical on a notebook, but if you hook it up to an external monitor, it provides a lot of real estate for Excel.

The T series is the go to for business notebooks
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Not sure if Excel is more single threaded or multi threaded CPU, heard it depends on your spreadsheet/formulas used? But sounds like you need more raw horsepower for your CPU anyways. I'd say go for Ryzen based Lenovo T-series. Current Ryzens are very competitive in single threaded task and will beat intel's offering in multi-threaded ones anyways. Open up task manager while you run your spreadsheet and check the CPU/thread utilization, see how many core and how hard it's working.

T-series can be pretty portable and durable, should suit a work environment too.
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https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office ... provements
"Starting in Excel 2010, the following features use multi-core processors: saving a file, opening a file, refreshing a PivotTable (for external data sources, except OLAP and SharePoint), sorting a cell table, sorting a PivotTable, and auto-sizing a column."

If your spreadsheets use these a lot, then look at the multicore performance of the CPUs. Otherwise, focus on the single core performance.

@rbkpwnz What CPU do you have in your current laptop?
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umopapisdnwei wrote: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office ... provements
"Starting in Excel 2010, the following features use multi-core processors: saving a file, opening a file, refreshing a PivotTable (for external data sources, except OLAP and SharePoint), sorting a cell table, sorting a PivotTable, and auto-sizing a column."

If your spreadsheets use these a lot, then look at the multicore performance of the CPUs. Otherwise, focus on the single core performance.

@rbkpwnz What CPU do you have in your current laptop?

Current CPU is i7-7500U

Mac won't work too many software we use can't use mac
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i7 7500u is a low power 2 core 4 thread processor :( Hmmm make sure you're at max performance mode and not in some power saving mode so you're using all the processing power of your CPU.
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I was in a similar situation just recently and my new Lenovo P17 just arrived yesterday actually. Company paid for it. It's a beast, if you don't need a big 17" 4K screen go for the P15. Probably same for the P15, but my P17 can be a full workstation replacement. It can be configured up to 4TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD, up to NVIDIA® Quadro® RTX™ 5000 with Max-Q 16GB, can get it with your i7s all the way up to Xeon Procs, up to 128GB of ram. It's truly a workstation in a laptop. I got a custom built one with i7/32gb/512ssd and Quadro T1000 as that will meet my needs, but it can be really built out like crazy.

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