Cinema 4D on MBP 13''

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Shahidkapoor, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Shahidkapoor macrumors member

    Shahidkapoor

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    Hello,

    Can the current MBP 13'' base model handle Cinema4D modelling (architectural) and renderings smoothly? (Without dedicated VRAM)
     
  2. jgz macrumors regular

    jgz

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    well from your question I can read, that you would like to buy a new Macbook Pro! Take the 15"!!!

    I am an architecture student, which uses Cinema4d, I installed it, but I never used it on my new 13" machine, because I didnt need it in the past weeks.

    But generally i feel very unhappy with the 13". I should have bought the 15" and preferably the highend one.

    I upgraded mine with an SSD and 8GB RAM, but using CAD everything is not as smooth as I wished before...

    I think, I will use my macbook pro 13 until Ivy Bridge, then I will substitute it with a high end 15"..... Or buy a PC Workstation... Dunno...
     
  3. Shahidkapoor thread starter macrumors member

    Shahidkapoor

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    Oh.. So, CAD doesn't run smoothly..Can you explain a bit more? Like it's not smooth while navigating or rendering is not fast enough? Even I use CAD so was curious. And what are other problems?

    I see in your signature that you have the 13'' i7 one with an SSD then too there is a lag?

    yes I wan't to buy one, but won't be able to afford the high end 15''. May be 15'' base model if the 13'' doesn't suit my needs.

    thanks in advance:)
     
  4. jgz macrumors regular

    jgz

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    take the base 15"! Quadcore processor + discrete GPU make a big (and I mean huge) difference in speed, when rendering (13" has dual core and integrated GPU) or modelling

    Autocad (Mac Version) is not as snappy (mouse is a little bit jumpy) as I'm used to on my windows machine. When Autocad is running, the whole system seems to be laggy (Mission Control, Desktop switching). I never thought that Autocad could be such a heavy (or bad built... dunno) software. I mean, it "runs", (Cinema 4D runs too) but not pretty well....

    If I would have the chance to travel back in time, I would take the 15" machine... Now its too late....

    SSD is only for increasing startup-speeds of OSX, Virtual Machines, Software, big files, etc. It doesnt make your Computer faster, when rendering or modelling. An upgrade, which I would recommend are 8gigs of RAM (Dont buy them dircetly from Apple... Go to a reseller or buy it from aftermarket). Especially when rendering or working on heavy CAD files its a huge difference in speed. Generally a machine with 8GBs is faster in everyday working.

    Hope this helps...
     

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