Re: Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

Brian K. Lingard

Dear Anthony & List:

Interesting. Get the most cores you can to run multiple CPU-hungry programs concurrently. If your PC is doing much swapping because you have heavy memory usage as when recalculating huge spreadsheets, SSD should speed up the PC quite a bit. However, stuffing the PC full of RAM will reduce the need to swap.
Brian K. Lingard

From: [] On Behalf of Antony Stone
Sent: January 11, 2019 6:01 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive Applications

I disagree with "needs to have an SSD". It is nice, but it is not essential.
It improves start up time for the machine as a whole, and loading time for applications, but does not affect how well applications run once they are loaded.

I agree with "as much RAM as you can afford / will fit". I would say that is the most important aspect of getting a machine to run well. In addition, it is essential that you have a 64-bit machine and a 64-bit version of Windows, otherwise the machine simply will not use more than 3Gbytes of RAM no matter how much is fitted.

A CPU with several cores will help with running multiple applications - more so than a particularly fast CPU.

Therefore, my list of priorities would be:

1. 64-bit CPU and 64-bit edition of Windows 2. Lots of RAM 3. Multi-core CPU 4. Fast CPU 5. SSD instead of HDD

Hope that helps,


On Friday 11 January 2019 at 11:52:42, Brian K. Lingard wrote:

Dear Noah & List:

Your laptop needs SSD not a mechanical hard disk with 8, 16 or 32 GB RAM.
32 -GB is best if you plan to do video and/or audio editing & recording.
The PC at your school may have as little as one GB RAM and a slow CPU.
Hiving the laptop adequate RAM ids, more important that
High-performance CPU. Look for a laptop with a fast, but not
Necessarily Intel I8 speed. An Intel I55 or six CPU should work fine.
You consume many CPU cycles if you do sound or video editing,
recalculate mammoth spreadsheets and run many programs concurrently.

School computers may have as little as one or two GB RRAM and slow CPUs.
They are also several years old

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf of
Noah Carver via Groups.Io Sent: January 10, 2019 6:53 PM
Subject: [nvda] Minimum Specs for NVDA with Other Intensive

Hi All,

I will need to get a laptop for school, however the school machines
cannot run NVDA plus Chrome and Word all at the same time without lagging.
What I need is a powerful machine that can handle email, office, and
web Browsing, ETC. without wimping out on me while I am trying to do
Work. Do you have any recommendations for specs or any particular?
Laptops that you might recommend.


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