Well you’re in the ballpark with ASUS at least. But you should consider the Pro Art Studiobooks:
NVIDIA Quadro RTX’s are the best imo.
The laptops I used to get have been MTech’s. But I’m not too happy with the last one I got, so next time I’m going to get the ASUS instead. And get whatever top o’ the line one’s available. My current MTech is getting older, but might have a couple yrs left in it.
They’re both equally awesome imo. A significant jump would be a comparison between RTX 3000 vs RTX 4000, but those are equally awesome too – relatively speaking.
RTX 4000’s are the sweet spot. RTX6000’s are a bit overkill due to the price, but if that’s what you want then why compromise.
I believe ASUS did have a laptop available with the RTX 6000’s before, that ran for about $10k – half the cost was just the GPU’s lol.
Since Quadro name is being obsolete , I prefer using the GPU’s codename for comparisons
RTX 3000 Ada uses Nvidia’s AD106 Chip with 4000 Cuda cores 8GB of GDDR6 memory
Geforce RTX 4060 uses AD107 With about 3000 Cuda cores and 8GB of GDDR6 memory
Geforce RTX 4050 uses AD107 With about 2500 Cuda cores and 6GB of GDDR6 memory
Geforce RTX 4070 uses AD104 With about 5200 Cuda cores and 12GB of GDDR6 memory
If you can afford RTX 4070 I’d go with that one (since it is a different tier than the others) otherwise I’d avoid the 4050.
RTX 3000 ada or RTX 4060 are good choices for a laptop
The RTX 3000 Ada also has 4608 Cuda cores and 8GB ECC memory
The RTX 3500 Ada has 5120 Cuda cores and 12GB ECC memory but also has 40% greater peak memory bandwidth (it uses a 192-bit interface, against the 3000’s 128-bit i/f) proviz-mobile-linecard-update-2653183.pdf (widen.net)
On spec, the VivoBook will be better for Rhino -
bigger screen (with more pixels) because Rhino loves real estate;
discrete graphics using RTX 4060 laptop gpu so you can use Nvidia Cuda cores for rendering;
Nvidia generally considered to have better graphics drivers;
better cooling (important for sustained graphics use when rendering).
PS This assumes the thing works. I don’t have any personal experience of it so can’t comment on build quality, robustness, real-life performance etc so you should do due diligence.
If the display diagonal is similar, I would take the one with less resolution and with the smaller aspect ratio.
Having a UHD/4k 15 inches is, imho, useless. You are only going to make your GPU stress over time (bad for mobile hardware), fan noise, less battery duration etc…
FHD for 14/15 inches is plenty. QHD for 17, maybe. UHD always overkill.
And ratio, if one of the two option is 16:10, I would take it.
Just a personal opinion.
You’re going to face different constraints on small/light form factor notebooks.
ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3405) - 1.3 kg
Very light, but you are going to be limited to Intel Arc graphics, which should handle the viewports of Rhino, but you will not be able to do any GPU rendering on that; and there is no guarantee of stability.
ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED (UX6404) - 1.6 kg
This will get you onto an Nvidia RTX 4070, and a 13900H CPU. You may find that under heavy loads, the CPU may bottleneck and throttle, owing to the sheer lack of cooling space. It’s also hideously expensive.
In any case, you are likelt to find at most a 4070 in a 14-inch platform, owing to the lack of cooling. However you may find various AMD and Intel CPUs all the way up to their higher-level specs.
If you can wait a couple of months, you may find that the more available Intel Core Ultra 7 or 9 Meteor Lake laptops with small form factors will start coming through more, and with included dGPUs from Nvidia; which seem coveted here. Not anywhere like Apple items, but you will pay for enhanced performance in such small forms.