Laptop Graphics Cards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Planner Dude, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Planner Dude macrumors 6502

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    I've been trying to figure out if Sketchup will run well with a Mac Book. I've heard conflicting stories on how well it will run.

    After contacting Sketchup about this, they gave a mixed answer:

    Thank you for your note. SketchUp will work with the video card and system
    you list, however there have been reported issues in that environment.
    SketchUp works best with a video card designed for 3D modeling, however
    the Intel video card is primarily intended for 2D work. While we are
    reluctant to make a hard distinction on what kind of computer will run
    SketchUp, we do not recommend the MacBook for use with SketchUp. The
    MacBook Pro does have a 3D accelerator and will handle 3D much better than
    its "consumer" sibling.


    Does anyone have a definitive answer on this? I don't need to play games (so I don't want to have to buy a MBP if I don't need to, but I'd really like to use this software.
     
  2. JKitterman macrumors member

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    There answers basically says the software uses 3d acceleration from the video card. If you are just going to use the software occasionally, you could squeak by with a MacBook but you really are better off with a MacBook Pro. Also, the the Pro doesn't eat into the RAM for video memory as they are low on memory expansion as it currently is. Current MacBook = 2Gb max and MacBook Pro = 3Gb max according to tech specs on Apple website.
     
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    sounds like they did answer your question:

     
  4. Planner Dude thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But they imply that the macbook doesn't have 3d acceleration:confused:

    Edit: Nevermind.
     

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