3ds Max 8, will it run?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Mad78, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Mad78 macrumors newbie

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    Howdy,
    I have been wanting to buy a Laptop for quite some time. I really liked the MacBook but I work alot with 3dsMax so it didn't seem like an option. But then Boot Camp came and may change everything.
    The MacBook I have my eyes on is the 13-inch: Black one. The questions I am asking myself are the following:
    1) Will 3ds Max 8 run if I install Windows using Boot Camp?
    2) Will its rendering speed be greatly impeded?
    Thanks
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    According to the posted minimum requirements, yes:

    http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=5659453

    ...it will run, since all it requires is "Hardware-accelerated OpenGL® and Direct3D supported", which even the GMA 950 in the MacBook supplies.

    Further, since Windows in BootCamp is just like windows running on any other 2GHz Core Duo laptop with a GMA 950 graphics chip, if the rendering is entirely in software (as opposed to offloading some of the work to the graphics processor--I have no idea how 3ds Max works), then it'll render extremely well. According to this benchmark, the 2.16GHz Core Duo is nearly as fast as a Pentium Extreme Edition 965, which is pretty good:

    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1948294,00.asp

    That said, I'd guess that the experience of working with models is going to be seriously hamstrung by the anemic graphics processor; even if it renders as fast, the modeling end is going to use hardware to render the wireframes/previews/whatever in realtime, and that's going to be pokey.

    If this is a big app for you, I'd think that the 15" MacBook Pro with its X1600 would be much better suited, but then that's just one opinion.
     
  3. Mad78 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay Thanks.
    I shall look into it.
    I just really liked the looks of the normal MacBook as well as the fact that its not overly expensive, the MacBook Pro on the other side...
     

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