Laptop for Hitfilm & Blender

Hi all, just after a bit of advise, I'm in need of a new laptop, and have seen an ACER Nitro 5 AN515-54 in Currys (live in the UK) I have a budget of about £600. I know a Desktop would be better, but it's a laptop I need. just after some advice if the below specs would be ok, (also want to run blender on it too)

Appreciate any help or guidance, I'm ok with software and programs, but get lost a little with Graphic cards and processors.

many thanks

Operating system Windows 10
Processor - Intel® Core™ i5-8300H Processor
- Quad-core
- 2.3 GHz / 4.0 GHz
- 8 MB cache
RAM 8 GB DDR4 (2600 MHz)
Graphics card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- 3 GB GDDR5

256 GB SSD


  • If you're set on that laptop, yes - it'll do just fine for that purpose.

  • @webbo30 As a Blender student/user 8GB memory is cutting it a bit thin.  Some of the physic sims can be very intensive. For example, yesterday I was playing with the Beach Wave tutorial from Youtube and set my resolution quite high to get better detail (500) and it took 21 hours to bake the 450 frame scene and then another 15 hours to render the images.  This is with an 8 core AMD 4 ghz CPU and 32 GB RAM and a 6GB Geforce 1060.  Now, the exporting time has noticeably improved for me since I added an SSD for the OS and programs and one for Exports with advice from CNK on that and I shudder to think what it would have been like before.

  • Also the 3gb on the GPU is lite in my IMHO for Blender. 6 or more. I have many renders that push 4gb a frame. Might get a lot of Cuda errors with 3gb depending on how complex your scenes progress over time.

    edited February 13

     @GrayMotion I agree. But £600 is £600 (actually £649 judging by the listing), and that's not a lot to spend on a laptop ment for anything but very light work. 

    I don't think the projects would crash per say, but a humoungus slowdown because VRAM is super fast because it's so close to the GPU. RAM is probably the realistic improvement here, which would be done after purchase because at this price range these come bundled with 8 GB, if you want a decent CPU and GPU alongside it.

    The GPUs you'll find at this price are the 1050 3 GB and 560x 4 GB. They're about equal in performance and the 560x should edge out the 1050 in Blender, but not HitFilm, about equal there too. 1 GB more VRAM included with the 560x may be worth it for you. It's also the min requirement for a 4k workflow on HitFilm's end. 

    It's definitely a jungle out there, but if I was in your shoes, I would save up some more to at least hit the £700-£750 mark. That's where low end truly starts as a 1050 is considered to be just below low end in the current market.

  • Many thanks, i might have another look, I'm not a heavy user as such, it is more for casual, hobby bits. I just don't want to buy one with a graphics card that won't run either. thanks again.

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