Just about to pull the trigger on either an i5 or an i7 version of a Surface Pro - mostly for my job (not 3d).
As I understand it both the i5 and i7 versions are dual core low voltage. I was wondering if anybody has run Blender on either of these devices and could comment on how cycles performs on these CPUs. My usage scenario is casual, on the train or on holiday etc. so it’s not a replacement for my main 3d workstation but to be used when I have the opportunity to do some 3d when I am not at home.
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The SP3 has worked fine for me (running Linux on it). You can do modeling, light sculpting, some texture work, and light animation on it. However, I certainly would not suggest that you render on it, as most here have suggested.
The Surface Pro 4 is (AFAIK) running an Intel graphics card. Ultimately, that means limited-to-no capabilities for GPU rendering. You can start working on a Surface Pro 4, but you should finish (and render) on a different machine.
Thanks Mate. I only have one computer, so seems like I’m stuck with Blender rendering. Cycles is not an option for me.
Don’t have too much money to spend on a high end machine.
Thanks for your reply and clarification, Much appreciated.