Best choices for Graphics card in a laptop for video editing?
I planing on buying a laptop mainly to do video edits with, sony vegas pro 12, photoshop, adobe after effects and adobe premier. Of course I'll use it daily for web browing too.
Anyways my question is when looking for a laptop that will allow me to render vids easily, with good quality, also that will allow me to see the preview in hd and fluently, without being worried that it'll crash whats the most important thing to look for, RAM, or Didicated Graphic Cards? I'm not a computer expert, but I do know my fair share please try to make it easy for me to understand.
Any help will be appreciated.
Both! It depends also by the prog, but anyway RAM is important, at least 16GB, more the better.
Dedicated graphic is important for some progs that use it heavily, for example Davinci Resolve 14. With other ones you could see no great benefits, but it's always a better experience having a dedicated GPU.
If you want a laptop for video editing then I would suggest you opt for MSI GL62M 7RE-407 or Acer Aspire VX15 gaming laptop under $1000. Both have got Nvidia GTX 1050Ti builtin, which is good enough to run most of the high-end gaming titles too. I am using Acer Aspire VX15 for 6 months now and have played COD, Battlefield and also work on Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro without hiccups.
In my experience, programs that can utilise graphics cards do benifit from high cuda cores (for nvidia atleast, I can't remember AMDs version of this). But more so in the implementation of graphics accelerated effects and using them in real time. Graphics cards seemed to help little in the live view and rendering in every other aspect.
So what IS most important is definitely high RAM (16gb or more) and CPU cores. Depending on your budget, try aiming for the newer 8th Gen Intel laptops or Ryzen laptops as they become available... If going for 7th Gen or lower, try not to use anything that doesn't include HQ at the end of its name (i.e. Use a 7700HQ (quad core) not 7700U (dual core)).
Another big contributing factor is whether you're editing 1080p or 4K. 4K obviously will require topend specs to allow for smooth editing.
To summarise, a laptop with an 8th Gen i7 with 16GB of RAM with a GTX1060 would likely out perform a 6/7th Gen i7 U with 16GB of RAM and a GTX1070 (for video editing, not so much gaming, depending on the title). Cores count, as video editing platforms often count on multi-threaded processing. You typically find that 13-inch laptop's and lower feature the U processors where as 15-inch and above feature HQ.
Hope this helps!
As you have asked for Graphics card recommendation, will start with it. So, for editing videos along with using it for daily purposes, you should opt for 6GB or better NVIDIA graphics card like GTX or RTX if you have more budget.
Now, the RAM should be atleast 16GB and of DDR4 type for better speed. Choose a high storage SSD as you are going to use it daily, you will need higher storage. And the last important thing is processor. Choose a 9th or 10th gen. Core i7 or better processor. Thanks.