I’m planning to use Blender on a MacBook Pro 13-inch, with the following characteristics:
Processor: 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache
Storage: 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
Memory: 8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 550 1536 MB
My question… Is this MacBook Pro good enough to make basic modeling/texture or even short animations? (say one or two characters without complex environment, max. 3 minutes duration) I want to create professional work but keep it simple at the same time.
I had a look about the minimun hardware requirements for Blender and it seems my MB is up to it, but does not cover the recommended requirements so I’m worried. I’m looking for more information from experienced people,
Or if someone works with Blender on this MB I would like to know his/her reviews on it.
I’m putting a lot of attention to this before starting to work in Blender without knowing the consequences.
I say this because two years ago I tried to work on an early 2008 iMac 25" and after running Blender for a month the computer started to crash, the desktop image would get paralyzed and I would have to turn off the computer by pushing the power button, or the scene of my modeling would turn black if I tried to render it (I was using cycles rendering), it didn’t take too long before my iMac broke, I was heartbroken as well! I haven’t been able to continue my 3D work since that time…
I don’t know which hardware melt or something but I’m sure the hard disk broke completely because when I would try to turn it on the iMac only stated in white screen. This is the scene I was rendering on that iMac:
Also, if there is any suggestion on how can I configure Blender to not be too heavy on my MB?
Generally, I know desktops are more recommended than laptops for 3D work but I was gifted this laptop and just want to make use of it in the most recommended possible way.
Lastly, I would appreciate if someone could explain to me what is this GPU or CPU modal use for rendering? I think this has to do with hardware and I’m confused about the whole thing, which one should be used? but I guess this depends on the machine as well, right?
I’m new on this topics about Hardware for 3D, so many things to learn, I hope you guys understand.
Any suggestions would be appreciated,
Thank you for reading