A few months ago I asked about maximum desktop computer for rapid processing of mosaic images. I received a very useful reply that gave excellent recommendation on a solid foundation that would later become our workstation for dominating image rendering…and dominate it does. I can render a 300 picture project in a about 20 minutes I typically have 5 projects per day to run and I’ll start on one and then the next and the next so I usually end up with 5 instances of pix4d running on 4 or 5 different projects and in about 45 minutes they are all done! Thank you again for your recommendations on this system!
Now we are looking for a laptop that we could use in the field to run pix4d on site. Unlike our desktop computer we are not looking for total world domination. Something that can render projects like mentioned above in a reasonable time (but just one at a time I wont be running 5 instances of pix4d) we would like to be around the 4,000 dollar mark budget wise. Is there anything out there in this price range that would be a suitable system for rendering a 300 picture mosaic that is of good quality (stable platform, 100% image calibration, good control points, good image match, low focal relative difference)…
I am skeptical that a lap top has the heat dissipation to pack the horsepower needed for this kind of work. Our desktop work station has a gtx titan z video card and a noctua dual fan heat sink for the processor these two items alone are larger than a laptop.
Please let me know what you might recommend for this type of work and how the processing time might compare to our desktop system.