rMB "new" MacBook Graphics Compatibility

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  1. hcole623, Mar 17, 2015
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    Question, we know the new Macbook will have Intel HD Graphics 5300 as stated here:

    Tech Specs

    I'm wondering if it can support the system requirements for Autodesk Fusion 360, the requirements are listed here:

    Fusion 360 System Requirements

    System Requirements

    Apple Mac® OS® X Mountain Lion (10.8.5) or later production versions
    Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 or Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
    CPU: 64-bit processor (32-bit not supported)
    Memory: 3GB RAM (4GB recommended)
    A DSL internet connection or faster
    Disk space: ~2GB
    Graphics Card: 512MB GDDR RAM or more, except Intel GMA X3100 cards
    Pointing device: Microsoft-compliant mouse, Apple Mouse, Magic Mouse, MacBook Pro trackpad

    Autodesk recommends 512MB of GDDR RAM but I can't find anywhere what the new Core M with Intel HD 5300 graphics is equivalent in GDDR RAM. I want to be able to model basic mechanical assemblies on my new MacBook!

    Help please!
     
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    According to Intel's specs it can have up to 1.7 GB. And I think it's more than reasonable to suppose that it will have at least 512 MB in Apple's configuration.

    I think you'll be fine.
     
  3. hcole623, Mar 17, 2015
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    Oh sweet, that's more than 3x what Autodesk recommends. I'm leaning more and more towards the new rMB over the MBPr, mainly due to the design and the 256GB SSD compared to 128GB SSD at the same priced MBPr.
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Keep in mind that I said that's what it can have. We don't know how much it will get in Apple's configuration.
     
  5. hcole623, Mar 17, 2015
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    Will that be something the early reviewers will reveal through benchmarks?
     
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Most definitely.

    For reference, the Intel HD Graphics 3000 (in 2011 MacBook Pros) can also support up to 1.7 GB, but in Apple's configuration it never gets more than 512 MB.
     
  7. hcole623, Mar 18, 2015
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    I installed Fusion 360 on my wife's mid-2010 MBP (Nvidia 256mb graphics) and Fusion definitely struggled and gave me graphics card warnings. Hopefully the 5 years newer rMB should be substantially better than her's.
     
  8. newellj macrumors 601

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    There is enough that's new about the rMB that it may be that the only way to really figure out whether it will work for you is to buy one and really put it through its paces during the return period. I am not big on abusing the return policy but in this case I don't think there's really an alternative. Even good reviews aren't likely to answer how it will perform for *you.* It's not like you can say "well, it's like last year's model but a little faster" or "it has the same processor as this other Apple laptop but it's a 1.5gHz CPU instead of a 2.2 gHz CPU." I think Apple's return rate will be higher than average for this, and they probably expect that.
     

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