13" and 3D

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LostSoul80, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

    LostSoul80

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    I'd really like to get a highend 13 inches MBP (the i7 dual-core @ 2,7 GHz). I do have a big external monitor to hook it up with -- I'd only need to use the MBP's screen for 3D tasks while having lesson.
    Is it powerful enough? Should I look at the 15" (quad core & dedicated graphic card), or the performance with software like SolidEdge is ok (bumping the RAM to 8 GB apparently bumps the memory of the IG3000)? (Of course I'm planning to use Bootcamp for this). Another concern is the screen resolution. Does it let you at least keep open a complete page of ST4 (for example) without problems?

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. LostSoul80 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    As long as your source material is 3D and your display can understand whatever 3D is send to it, then you should be fine.
     
  4. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I don't think the MBP13 gives you the best performance for the things you will be doing with it. Wouldn't be my first choice anyway.

    The 13" is just a great all purpose laptop with high portability value. You can "force" it to do heavy things but it's your time...
     
  5. LostSoul80 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm aware the 13-inches is probably not intended for heavy usage, but still its specs are not bad AFAICS.
     
  6. SkaarjHunter macrumors newbie

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    I would personally go with a 15 inch model if you can afford it comfortably. The 13 inch models are really entry-level laptops, so they're not really made for 3D applications in general. Also, I'm not impressed with the 2011 model specs in terms of their 3D performance which is why I opted for last year's model over this year's.
     

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