I haven’t decided yet. But I have done a bit more research & I met with the local Microsoft Store business team today. They’ve been extremely helpful and they are going to try to find me one of the new models with the ‘performance base’ to tests at the store. This model:
The Surface Book with ‘Performance Base’ has Dual-core i7 / 1TB SSD / 16GB ram / 3Kish display / GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU
The contender is either a Dell XPS 15. Currently on sale at Microsoft store:
That XPS model has Quad-core i7 / 1TH SSD / 32GB ram / 4K display / GeForce GTX 960M 2GB GPU
Del Dell XPS 15 is $1100 cheaper for more 2X CPU performance (CPU Rendering like Keyshot or Flamingo), 2X ram and more pixels. But NO SKETCHING ( and that’s a huge slow-down for me and how I work)
People around here have been very happy with the Dell XPS CAD/Viewport performance. My guess is that GPU is very influential in noticeable performance. If we compare that XPS 2016 model with the new ‘Performance Base’ of the Surface Book, it seems to be bit slower graphics card, and probably a lot slower for CUDA performance (Octane Render). Just take a look at the specs of each compared (and my annotations on what I think it will do to CUDA performance):
…and here’s a benchmark comparison of both the Nvidia-GTX-965M-vs-Nvidia-GTX-960M where the 965M rates about 30% faster than the 960M.
So I will test the Surface Book and will report back. Are tehre any benchmarks I should try? I 'd like to run @Holo’s Holomark, Although that will not be reflective of Rhino V6 performance. But at least it will be useful as a comparison of other systems benchmarked there running V5.
BTW, after I get one of these I will be also getting a Surface Studio, but let’s cross that bridge a but later.