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PhilC
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Laptop specs

Postby PhilC » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:22 pm

Hi Matt,

Do you have an opinion on what specs are needed for a laptop to use for developing Power BI / Power Pivot models?

Can you share what machine you are using or lusting after to use?

Cheers
Phil

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Re: Laptop specs  [Solved]

Postby MattAllington » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:01 am

I have been thinking about blogging about this (which I will do). In short.

Go for
fast processor speed >=3ghz is best and most important
multi core (core 4 or above)
>=8GB memory with fast and plenty of L2 and L3 cache. Not all memory is the same. Faster memory is better

Not so important (prefer the items above)
SSD not important (only for file opening speed). It will have no impact on speed of usage of your work/reports.
i5 or i7 is not a major factor

Note. Always make sure you PC is running on "best performance" and doesn't have power saving turned on (if you want best performance)
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Re: Laptop specs

Postby PhilC » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:28 am

Thanks Matt, appreciate it.

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Re: Laptop specs

Postby Urbina » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:42 am

PhilC {L_WROTE}{L_COLON}Thanks Matt, appreciate it.


Hi Matt, do you think it's worth waiting for laptops with new Coffee Lake 6-8 core processors or will older geneneration ones still do the trick?

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Re: Laptop specs

Postby MattAllington » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:11 pm

I think current laptops are just fine for any well shaped data model up to about 100 million rows of data.
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Re: Laptop specs

Postby AdrianG001 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:53 pm

Well, system requirements really don't call out how much memory, etc.

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I run 64-bit Desktop (which I would recommend) on a Surface Pro 4 with 16GB of memory and it works fantastic.

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Re: Laptop specs

Postby RuskinF » Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:19 pm

I'd suggest you go for a laptop that would help you to run Power BI with ease for at least a few years.
For that consider buying a laptop that has over 2.5 GHz of speed.
Has better Cache memory implementation.
Consider using an AMD processor as it offers better multi-core performance than similar products of Intel.
Ensure that you use an SSD. The capacity od SSD needed depends on your preferences.

I hope this helps!


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