Can base 13'' Air handle CAD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iannella, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    I was wondering, how would the 13'' base model go running CAD through bootcamp? Would the processor be able to handle it? Or would I be better off getting the 13'' Pro?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Shouldn't be any different on the MBP 13" except less screen real-estate - both use the HD 3000 iGPU. If you need a dGPU you'll need to go to a higher end laptop.

    If you want a less generic response, you'll need to post which CAD applications you're speaking of.
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2004
    Coquitlam, BC
    AutoCAD for Mac works great in my 2006 iMac for 2D drawings. Revit/Architectural/MEP in Windows would probably work fine as well but I wouldn't do any rendering on the MBA. We have a couple of workstations that are powerful enough for this task.

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