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Okay I asked this question on another forum but I didnt really get the answer I was looking for. So my question is I plan on transferring to an art college to study character animation and I'll be working with programs like Maya, so which Apple notebook would you guys recommend to me? Will I get by with the Macbook to handle 3D programming with Intel's GMA 950? Or will I need more power from a dedicated GPU? Thanks
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The Dedicated gpu would be alot better. If its at all in your budget get a desktop , your gunna want something scalable to be able to keep up with maya.
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I highly doubt that GMA will provide the level of performance you're hoping for.

I'm in publications class of my school, and two people have black macbooks. I gotta admit, they look very nice, but the performance just isn't there.

Sure, they're pretty fast and have very nice battery power and all and are very suitable for photo editing, website designing, etc.

However, for 3D designing on GMA, I think, it's a bit of a push.

Depends on how hard core you are, I guess, because if you're really good, then I'm kinda wondering why you'd want a laptop to do the work while desktops are so much more powerful.

But if you're just a regular 3D (I don't design much, so... yeah), then GMA won't do. You'll need something that's like at least X1600 or higher.
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See my sig? "I agree"

With programs like Maya and 3DSMax, you're going to want strong OpenGL support, which the dedicated GPU will handle VERY well. The integrated may be able to "hang" with the modeling and manipulation, but when it comes to rendering anything, you'll wish you had a dedicated GPU.
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Pro definitly
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I highly doubt that GMA will provide the level of performance you're hoping for.

I'm in publications class of my school, and two people have black macbooks. I gotta admit, they look very nice, but the performance just isn't there.

Sure, they're pretty fast and has very nice battery power and all and are very suitable for photo editing, website designing, etc.

However, for 3D designing on GMA, I think, it's a bit of a push.

Depends on how hard core you are, I guess, because if you're really good, then I'm kinda wondering why you'd want a laptop to do the work while desktops are so much more powerful.

But if you're just a regular 3D (I don't design much, so... yeah), then GMA won't do. You'll need something that's like at least X1600 or higher.
Well if I had the moola's of course I'd go with the new MBP w/GF 8600GT but I'm a cheap bastard so whatever can get the job done is good enough for me.

I've been looking up some of the benchmarks between the Macbook and Macbook Pro and I didnt see a big difference in performance. If the Macbook lacks a lot in performance to the point wheres in unbearable then I'll think about it. Honestly if there isnt that much of difference in performance I'd rather not waste another grand on something I dont need.

I couldnt find any good results for macbook and macbook pro benchmarks for 3d rendering but if anyone can find any benchmark scores I'll give it a second thought.
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