Solidworks performance iris pro

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  1. Bigriz macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if anybody is using the base 15" rMBP with iris pro and could share their experiences with solidworks performance. I have seen the benchmarks on notebookcheck & anandtech but have no idea how they translate to usability.
    I recently had a 13" rMBP with the iris 5100 but this struggled with solidworks - it was basically unusable (probably partly to do with ulv CPU) so am interested to see how the pro fares.
    I am aware that MacBooks aren't designed for such programs and it isn't essential that I run the program as I have access to workstations, but would be a plus if I could practice at home.
    Thanks
     
  2. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    How big are the assemblies you'll be running?
     
  3. Bigriz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So far it's only been several parts but I expect to do relatively more complicated projects.
     
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  5. Bigriz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I believe drivers can have quite an adverse effect on performance, as the iris pro is not certified as you say. SW seemed pretty stable, it's just that highlighting parts would take a few seconds and it generally was laggy.
     
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  7. Bigriz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apparently the iris pro measured ~20% faster than the 750m according to benchmarks on notebookcheck but by the sounds of it I don't think I'll get the performance I was hoping for. Looks like I'll have to wait for broadwell or look at alternatives. Thanks for the input
     
  8. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    it depends heavily on which benchmarks. Look again. 750M is much faster for things that require a lot of vRAM, as it has 2gb of dedicated GDDR5. Iris Pro excels at things that don't need much vRAM, as it effectively only has a buffer of 128mb.
     
  9. Bigriz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes sorry I meant faster specifically for solidworks.
     

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