New Macbook Air 13" for Graphic Design & Modeling?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mitevpi, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. mitevpi macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2013
    I'm primarily an architect/graphic designer and am in need of a machine refresh. I was wondering if anyone in similar fields has tested the new air to see how it performs. I've tested CS on it and it seems fine, but has anyone tried modeling on rhino/sketchup or anything like that? I'm curious how it would perform.
  2. Mezmorizor macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2013
    It kind of works, but I strongly recommend getting a one of the MBPs with a Nvidia card. I'd personally recommend this one:

    I know it's a lot, but you absolutely need that Nvidia GPU for 3D modeling.
  3. jadam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2002
    Sketchup is a relatively weak software package so I don't think that would have any trouble on the new Macbook Air.

    Regardless you should look into how the previous gens ran the software, the new MBA are just a bit faster.

    I am going to be installing solidworks and UGS NX on my MBA 13" once I get it next week, so we'll see how performance is, but I have no doubts it will be adequate enough for me working on small-medium sized assemblies.

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