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#1 weikee


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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:11 AM

Hey, need some advice am thinking about putting some hard earned cash down for a new laptop which could stomach some motion/3d/video work as well.. My current network setup is a beefed up packard bell pc desktop workstation with dual monitors, minimac and a vaio. The vaio is not brilliant for any work with after effects or 3d however, at least not beyond basic things - which is kinda annoying as its got 1 gb of ram and 2ghz.. So am basically looking at a heftier laptop performance wise so I can keyframe and animate from the loo, caff, beach or wherever. Any experiences in using the new macbook pro for more intense projects you'd like to share would be most appreciated.. value for money? Looking at this configuration for a 15" macbook pro, maybe with a juiced up HD.. * 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo * 1440 x 900 pixels * 2GB memory * 120GB hard drive1 * 6x double-layer SuperDrive * ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 02:49 PM

Hi ! I use a MacBook Pro of the first generation with Cinema4D R10 and I am happy with it. You can attach an external firewire drive, but on my model there is no FW800 port. This might be a concern if you do a lot of video work, but for rendering with intel-native applications such as Cinema4D it is very good. I would recommend now to take the laptop with the option to upgrade to 3Giga RAM. Here a Cinebench benchmark: CINEBENCH 9.5 **************************************************** Machine Name: MacBook Pro 15" Machine Model: MacBookPro1,1 CPU Type: Intel Core Duo Number Of Cores: 2 CPU Speed: 2 GHz L2 Cache (shared): 2 MB Memory: 1 GB Bus Speed: 667 MHz Operating System : OSX10.4.6. Graphics Card : Chipset Model: ATY,RadeonX1600 Type: Display Bus: PCIe VRAM (Total): 256 MB Vendor: ATI (0x1002) Device ID: 0x71c5 Revision ID: 0x0000 EFI Driver Version: 01.00.068 Displays: Color LCD: Display Type: LCD Resolution: 1440 x 900 Depth: 32-bit Color **************************************************** Rendering (Single CPU): 305 CB-CPU Rendering (Multiple CPU): 573 CB-CPU Multiprocessor Speedup: 1.88 Shading (CINEMA 4D) : 349 CB-GFX Shading (OpenGL Software Lighting) : 1290 CB-GFX Shading (OpenGL Hardware Lighting) : 2108 CB-GFX OpenGL Speedup: 6.04 ****************************************************

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