3 Replies Latest reply on May 10, 2013 1:44 PM by Cristian Vasile

    Tableau laptop performance


      I'm hoping the masses of experience in the community can help me out.

      I'm currently using a dell quad core laptop running Windows 7 to create in Tableau 8. On occasion, I experience a crash whenever forming functions like action filters or linking SQL Server connection dimensions.

      My question: how much of an improvement would I see if I got a relatively affordable desktop setup?



      Note, I'm not at all displeased with Tableau's performance on my laptop. Crashes are rare and some of this stuff is a little complex. Just curious if its worth it to upgrade.

        • 1. Re: Tableau laptop performance
          Joshua Milligan



          A lot of the data processing is pushed to the database of the data source.  Is that local to your machine, or is it on another server (such as a SQL Server running somewhere else)?


          I typically run Tableau Desktop on a laptop and haven't noticed much in the way of performance issues.  Most of my local data sources are small and not very complex (though some are).  Many of the remote sources are relatively large and can be fairly complex.  I do notice the fan running faster if I am telling Tableau to draw lots and lots of marks in view -- the graphics engine can definitely take some processing power.


          Table calculations can also have an impact on performance and if you are using data extracts or local data sources any calculated fields could impact performance (except that row level calculations that are part of an optimized extract would have the results pre-calculated and stored as part of the data).


          As with anything, more processing power, more memory, more storage, etc... can definitely make for a smoother experience -- but overall I haven't personally had any issues running Tableau on a laptop.




          • 2. Re: Tableau laptop performance
            Alex Kerin

            I do some pretty heavy stuff on a 3 year old Dell attached to mostly local files - it has been mostly fine

            • 3. Re: Tableau laptop performance
              Cristian Vasile



              two short advices:

              a. send tableau's logs to support team (support@tableausoftware.com) to investigate crashes you reported here

              b. upgrade to latest version 8.0.1


              If your laptop runs with 6 or 8 Gbytes of RAM, then replacing it with a desktop could be a waste of time & cash as Joshua and Alex somehow underline already.