AMBER: What is the best computer for running AMBER simulations?

From: Lili Peng <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 14:37:03 -0700

Dear all,

I am in the process of purchasing a new laptop for computational modeling
with AMBER. After consulting with my peers and colleagues, I was encouraged
to get a Macbook Pro with the Windows XP operating system installed on it.
The following tech specs was suggested to me:

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 4MB L2 Cache
4GB DDR2 PC2-5300
7200 rpm
256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Superdrive 8x dual layer
Apple Remote
Airport Extreme
Bluetooth 2.0
Firewire 400 & 800
(5.4 lbs)

I'd like to note that the most important factor in my purchasing a computer
would be processing time, given that I will be running
computationally-intensive simulations. Are these a good set of specs for
this purpose? Another colleague of mine also suggested that I look into
Lenovos (formerly ThinkPads), but I heard Macbooks are more stable.

If anyone has had any experience with purchasing computers designed
specifically for the fastest computation time, and would be willing to share
your knowledge, I would be most appreciative of your insights.


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