Need to get a laptop very soon for class, On the Graphics Hardware - Card list of recommendations, for INTEL. It is posted as HD Graphics P4000.
It seems that the new laptop models all have HD Graphic 4000, no P in front of the number.
Can one use HD Graphics 4000 to work AutoCAD 2013 or does it specifically need to be P4000?
According to this thread on Intel forum, there is no difference between those two.
It only indicates HD 4000 is for desktop, and HD P4000 is for Xeon processor.
Actually, the HD 4000 and P4000 are only equivalent if looking at i7 cpus or xeons. i5 and i3 cpus get a reduced cache size (6 or 3 respectively, compared to 8 Mb for the P4000).
If you're only looking to get through an intro cad course, that laptop is probably fine. However, if you're going to school to learn design (and build a career with it), you may want to look at something more powerful. RAM is relatively cheap don't scrimp there. Also, you may get better performance from even a cheap 'gaming' oriented graphics solution (with dedicated memory). If you're looking at doing 3d work, that laptop is likley not enough.
Don't forget the autodesk hardware req's list, here:
I use one at home. I never have problem with it. But honestly I don't use it for production work.
The only concern I have is the resolution. I think it's too low for serious CAD design.
My installation of C3D 2012 with HD Graphics 4000 reports that hardware acceleration is unavailable due to insufficient video memory. ?? Actually that might be a red herring, because the performance tuner doesn't recognize the card at all; just reports "N/A" for the name of device.
The laptop has a 3rd gen i7, 8GB RAM and loaded with Win 8 Pro. I installed the latest driver from Intel as a troubleshoot fix; still no hardware accel.
Is hardware acceleration available with the HD 4000?