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Laptops for 4K video editing?

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chillz

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What's a good laptop for video editing and rendering? I can't build one so any suggestions would be extremely helpful!

Currently looking at the Asus TUF Asus TUF 17.3” RTX 3050 Ti Gaming Laptop with an i7-11800H, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and 1TB NVMe. Not looking to game at all.. this just had the best GPU I could find in a readily available laptop.

I create and render in 4K, but a 1080p screen adequate. Aside from that, I don't really have any other criteria. I just need a laptop that I can edit and render without overheating and/or dying on me. Cheers!
 

stompah

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Amazon has several 3060/3070 brand name, 17.3" laptops in stock delivery dates from 5-10 days away. What is your budget?
 

chillz

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My budget is CAD$2000 max, although under $1500 would be ideal. I know video editing and rendering are more CPU-bound so a multi-core CPU is essential. I just want a current or last gen GPU for future-proofing; meaning I want to make sure the GPU will still be supported 3-4 years down the road.

Again, the TUF i7-11800H looks like a good option, but it does seem a bit of an overkill. If there's a better and cheaper option, I'd like to know. I'm not familiar with laptops in general tbh so I'd like to defer to more knowledgeable people.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Cheers!
 

rainless

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My budget is CAD$2000 max, although under $1500 would be ideal. I know video editing and rendering are more CPU-bound so a multi-core CPU is essential. I just want a current or last gen GPU for future-proofing; meaning I want to make sure the GPU will still be supported 3-4 years down the road.

Again, the TUF i7-11800H looks like a good option, but it does seem a bit of an overkill. If there's a better and cheaper option, I'd like to know. I'm not familiar with laptops in general tbh so I'd like to defer to more knowledgeable people.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Cheers!

No such thing as "future proofing" :) .

A lot depends on which NLE you're using. DaVinci Resolve (which I use) is EXTREMELY gpu-intensive (though it seems to run well on the latest Apple M1 processors). Premiere is more CPU intensive. Uses a bit of CUDA to speed things up... but is nowhere near a dependent on GPU power as Resolve is. I got by for YEARS with a GTX 960 with like 4GB of RAM in Premiere... That wouldn't quite cut it for Resolve.

I'm thinking that laptop with the 3050 GPU should be just fine for years to come if you're only editing 4K stuff.

But a lot depends on what the next gen software is like. Absolutely anything could happen. Premiere could become more GPU dependent and Resolve could become less resource hungry. Impossible to know.
 

BugFreak

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I just picked up one of these at Newegg and like it so far. They also have 3070 and 3080 version but those get up $2000US and look pretty bulky and I wanted thin with some power. I did the 15" but there is a 17" option as well. It was sold by Newegg and shipped to me in 3 days.
 

chillz

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Thanks for the responses!

@rainless -- That's a lot of useful info, thank you! It seems that the 3050 and 3050 Ti are only offered with 4GB, at least with all the ones I've looked at. the 3060 comes with 6GB so maybe that's a better baseline for me. Also, Intel's CPU naming and their many iterations confuses me. I'm sure there's some logic to it, but it'd be nice if they made it easier and somehow included the core count.

@BugFreak -- I was looking at some MSI models as well, but I couldn't find one readily available with 4K resolution. They do have some new ones coming out next week and I'm very interested in this one. And supposedly they're not the only ones announcing or launching new products over the next few weeks.

I think I'll hold back on making a purchase.. maybe until Black Friday -- but it's fkn hard! :bang head I literally almost bought this ZenBook Pro Duo just now lol!

Thanks again folks! I'll update as soon as I whittle down my options to 2 or 3 top picks and ask for your opinions on those. Cheers!
 

BugFreak

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Holy cow that is expensive but nice! This is my first laptop other than Dells and so far I like it. Very light and slim compared to most others I've seen and used. The one you linked to seems like it is the same build with some slightly different hardware inside so it should be nice as well. Somethings I will caution you about is the metal exterior picks up finger prints really bad, not a deal breaker for me but something I didn't think about. They wipe off easy enough but something that drives me crazy at times. Also to do any upgrades like drives or ram the whole underside will have to be removed which involves removing the factory seal sticker. Not sure if that would impact the warranty. I assume it helps in keeping it slim but something else I've noticed so far.