Laptop for intensive mathematical computation?

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I am looking to purchase a laptop for my granddaughter.  She
is a senior undergraduate physics major and needs a computer
for her research projects.  The Sony she has from 3-4 years
ago just will not cut it anymore.

Calculation speed and access to large data sets is primary.
Graphics is secondary.  Other general apps are no problem.


Re: Laptop for intensive mathematical computation?

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If the software she uses is multi-threaded, then look for a quad core
notebook (rare). The laptop would likely run hot and have short battery
life. /

Another way is to look for gamers' laptop. They have both fast CPU and fast
graphics, and maybe back-lit keyboard.

Re: Laptop for intensive mathematical computation?

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If you buy a high end laptop you will get a faster processor, RAM, and
bus speed.  And you will also get high end graphics and probably good
audio as well.  If you buy high end then you will get the whole
enchilada.  My new HP Compaq Presario laptop might not meet your
granddaughter's needs, but it will probably run rings around what she
has now.  So you may not need as high end a machine as you may think.  I
can't recommend a specific laptop but get one with three or even four
gigabytes of RAM and at least a three hundred and twenty gigabyte hard
drive.  Try and get one with a 7200 RPM drive as opposed to a 5400 RPM
drive.  It may speed things up if she has to read and process lots of
data.  Good luck.

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