Does the MBA meet the requirements?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by evolute8, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
    I'm deciding to get a 13" MBA with:

    2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage

    Minimum specifications for the first and second year undergraduates at DigiPen Institute of Technology:

    Any dual-core or better processor
    4 GB of RAM minimum

    Video Card
    Dedicated video card, not integrated graphics
    Support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3
    Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series or better
    NVIDIA GeForce 9000M series or better

    Minimum two-year warranty (The longer and more inclusive the warranty the better.)
    150 GB hard drive
    DVD drive
    Minimum wireless: 802.11n, recommend wireless: 802.11n dual-band
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2012
    i don't think so, directX is a windows thing.
  3. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    You need a dedicated GPU....I'd look at the MBP range if I were you.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2012
    Well everything should be OK apart Video Card, Intel HD 4000 isn´t dedicated, I´m not sure about DirectX 10 and DVD Drive. Maybe you should check Macbook Pro 15
  5. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    The MacBook Air has integrated graphics (Intel HD 4000) only. Only the 15" MacBook Pro (either the Retina or non-Retina) has a discrete GPU. However, I believe it is compatible with DirectX 10 when using Windows in Boot Camp. Actually, I believe it is also compatible with DirectX 11.

    Probably the best thing to do is to check with the Institute. It's possible their minimum specs need to be updated. For starters, the Intel HD 4000 is as powerful as some discrete GPUs were 2 years ago.

    Anyway, Macs have a 1 year warranty. You can extend that to 3 years for $249 for the MacBook Air and $349 for the Pro. You would also need to buy the external Superdrive if they insist that you need a DVD drive.
  6. macrumors 603

    Oct 14, 2008
    Yes it does. Although its not a dedicated GPU, the HD 4000 is better than many of the dedicated budget GPUs. And its clearly better than Nvidia 9000M series... I mean, you can run modern games at high settings on it (here is Skyrim, for example:
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    He could use an external DVD drive...

    But I agree with other posters in this thread. You're better off with a Macbook pro.

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