AutoCAD & MatLab on Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DC Daniel, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. DC Daniel macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #1
    Hi,

    I finally graduated this year and i'm going to study engineering (architecture (I hope i translated this right i'm dutch)). For this study i'm going to need a new laptop and I was thinking about buying a Macbook Pro 15'' 2,0 GHz with 8GB of RAM. Now i've done some research and it's really important that the macbook can run programs like AutoCAD & Matlab smoothly. So my question is, how is the performance of AutoCAD & Matlab on the macbook I picked?
    THX!!
     
  2. AML225 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2010
    #2
    My 2006 MBP ran both those programs beautifully. Don't worry about it at all!
     
  3. DC Daniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #3
    Okay thanks for the info :)
    However i've heard from other people that because the AMD card in the macbook isn't a fireGL, CAD and Matlab run ''moderate''. Did your macbook have fireGL?
     
  4. DC Daniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Location:
    The Netherlands
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    #5
    A quick search would've brought up a thread with pretty much the same title that was discussed about a week ago. Your question is likely answered in there.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1169521&highlight=autocad+matlab

    You may want to try searching before posting, some questions are pretty common and you will probably find your answer quicker than waiting for a reply.
     
  6. DC Daniel, Jun 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011

    DC Daniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #6
    Sorry, I actually only searched google, ended up with not very useful info (a lot of info dated back to 2006/2007, some of wich were from MacRumors). So I pretty much assumed I had seen all there was to been seen. Also other people (not from apple dedicated forums) told me that my type of moddel could struggle with these problems because it's Videocard wasn't fireGL. So I posted here, thinking because this was a apple only forum, I'd get some useful hands-on experiences from people who actually used AutoCAD & Matlab on my type of MBP.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    #7
    I've used both like I said in the previous thread, I have yet to run into problems with either.
     
  8. TXBDan macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #8
    If you plan to seriously use the computer for engineering, plan on a Boot Camp windows install. I'm on the fence on even using Windows7. WinXP is still sadly the standard in the engineering world.

    The native mac client of Matlab runs like crap. So bad infact, that i choose to run it in a Windows XP VMWare Fusion virtual machine inside of MacOSX and it runs much better. Running it natively in Windows is ideal.

    I haven't personally tried the native mac AutoCAD client, but i've heard its also slower than the Windows client.

    Beyond those apps, there is TONS of software you will be required to use for school that will simply not work in OSX. You will have headache after headache. The engineering world is simply not mac friendly. (I'm a tech savvy Mac fan as well an electrical/mechanical design engineer with 8 years in the real world)
     
  9. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Location:
    Prescott, AZ
    #9
    I currently run AutoCAD 2011 for Mac. You are lucky because both of these programs run natively on OS X. AutoCAD 2011 runs beautifully (now). It used to be very spotty when it first came out. But after many updates, it now runs pretty smooth :)

    Unfortunately, I can't say much for MatLab. But I've heard it was designed in Unix, so I dunno...hope this helps :)
     
  10. Aldaris macrumors 65816

    Aldaris

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2004
    Location:
    Salt Lake
    #10
    Should be safe running with the one you picked. AutoCAD runs very well on my '08 Uni with 6GB ram.
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    #11
    Have you tried the 2011a release of matlab for OS X? All that slowness is gone.
     
  12. DC Daniel, Jun 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011

    DC Daniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #12
    I posted this thread, under the assumption that I was going to be using bootcamp. Maybe I should have mentioned that. And like you set, i'm going to need windows a lot, since I need other programs too that are windows only, like CAD from solidworks. Which reminds me, how is the performance of that on a MBP? :p
     

Share This Page