New 17" Laptop: Xeon vs i7/i9 and ECC or Non-ECC RAM?

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       05 Jul 2018 #1

    New 17" Laptop: Xeon vs i7/i9 and ECC or Non-ECC RAM?

    I found out that I can use my continuing education money to get reimbursed for a laptop. I currently have a Dell Precision 3520 15" with a Xeon processor and ECC RAM.

    I was looking at options for the Dell 7730 17" and was curious if the Xeon is even worth it. I can get a Xeon E-2186M (6-core, 2.9 GHz, 4.80 GHz turbo) or an i9 8950HK (6-core, 2.9 GHz, 4.80 GHz turbo).

    With the Xeon, I can get ECC memory (up to 64 GB, but will most likely get only 32 GB). The ECC memory is DDR4-2400 MHz and the non-ECC is DDR4-2666 MHz.

    My use is primarily dictating using Dragon Medical Practice Edition using Citrix Receiver. Also, I will be using statistical software to help crunch medical research (SAS and Stata). Other than that, it's PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook along with Chrome.

    I prefer something more stable -- so if the Xeon actually offers that with ECC, then I'm all for it. The less Dragon crashes the better.

    Does a Xeon processor and ECC memory provide that much more stabilization?
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  2.    06 Jul 2018 #2

    Especially in a laptop, I wouldn't bother with a Xeon and ECC memory. Both have a cost premium and are meant for server functions. I'd stick to something with an i7 and non-ECC memory, unless your software specifically requires it.
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