Better processor and graphics

Discussion in 'Microsoft Surface Pro 3' started by Rankeao.cm, Sep 24, 2014.

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Should the next generation Surface have graphics/processor or should it be upgradeable

Poll closed Apr 14, 2015.
  1. Discrete Graphics/processor

    25.0%
  2. Upgradeable

    6.3%
  3. Both

    12.5%
  4. Incremental Upgrades to Broadwell using M and U variants for Choice

    75.0%
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  1. Rankeao.cm

    Rankeao.cm New Member

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    The SP3 is a great product, but I think it could improve when it come to its speed and graphics. I'm drafting and design student and I'm constantly running AutoCAD and Revit and the surface would be great to take around, but it need a better graphics card and better processor and the fact that is not upgradeable so if Microsoft could fix that people would buy more Surface... I hope Microsoft listens to its user and can get it right by the next surface
     
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    Realistically who is doing that??? Can you name one vendor creating an ultramobile ultraportable with discrete graphics or upgradeable graphics.

    Yes, the next version will have better GPU and CPU but it wont be that.

    You can buy a Toughbook or ToughTablet but you pay a high price... that's what a custom tablet will cost you. If there's really a market for it someone will build one.
     
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    I vote its fine as is but there is no option for that.
     
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    Microsoft got the hardware right this time.
     
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    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    Edited the Poll so it offers a better representation of use cases
     
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    They will come with asbestos gloves when ordering the M variant :)
     
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    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    M replaces Y in Broadwell
     
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    GreyFox7 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Ah, Core-M but the part is i5Y70 I might have been thinking of the H or K or something but I thought there was an M too.
     
  9. Rankeao.cm

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    I'm not trying to be controversial, but Microsoft was targeting the SP3 at the students and businessmen because its portable and powerful and they brag about how it can replace your laptop however I feel it lacks that because it might be ok for the average user, but when it comes to running other programs like AutoCAD, Revit, Invetor, animation programs etc then no it can improve..
     
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    So if it replaces some peoples laptops is it fair to say it can replace your laptop or must it replace ALL laptops to be able to make that claim?

    Actually you're not talking about a laptop at all, you are referring to a Portable Workstation which is an entirely different class device.

    But if you were a blogger and wanted to create controversy you'd blur the difference and pretend they are the same.
     
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    I'd like to see an AMD APU-based system. Intel beats AMD on CPU hands down, but AMD is way ahead of Intel on GPU and has way better support in CAD and advanced graphics tools even without FirePro discrete graphics. I think an AMD APU can have a really good performance balance - just like on the xbox/playstation. I think the biggest concern is the power envelope. Intel has come a long way on power consumption in a very short time and I don't know how close AMD is.

    BTW, I would edit the poll to say "non-Intel graphics" or "AMD/NVIDIA graphics" rather than discrete :)
     
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    At what power level??? even at 15w if you let it go full speed you wouldn't be able to hold it. go turn on a 15W light bulb for 10 minutes then grab it with your hand.
     

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