Laptop Graphics Cards

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

  1. Planner Dude macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2006
    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

    Oct 10, 2006
    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


    May 31, 2006
    sounds like they did answer your question:

  4. Planner Dude thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2006
    But they imply that the macbook doesn't have 3d acceleration:confused:

    Edit: Nevermind.

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