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MacBook Air : Intel HD 5000 ?

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Hi,

 

  I saw the announcement that OS X 10.7 will be dropped in the next version of Houdini, I am guessing H14.

 

  I currently using a MacBook (2008 model, non Pro) with a GeForce 9800 card running OS X 10.7

 

  I am a developer so I don't do production level scenes with Houdini

 

  The machine triple boots to Linux and Windows thus giving me coverage on the major OS to verify compilation etc.

 

  Anyone used H13 on recent MacBook Air with Intel HD 5000 graphics willing to share their experience?

 

  Depending on configuration, a maxed-out MacBook Air is approximately half the cost of a maxed-out MacBook Pro (Retina), hence my consideration for a lower cost alternative given that I am not using it to do production work.

 

Cheers

 

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On an MacMini with Intel 3000 - H13 can be used in H11 and GL1.1 modes - fine for RnD work.

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Can OSX 10.8 (or higher) be installed on a 2008 Macbook? That would be your best option. The Nvidia 9800 is a GL3 part that should run Houdini without issue.

 

The HD5000 is also a true GL3.3 GPU. The older HD3000 drops to software for some things as it's only a GL3.1 part, making it somewhat painful to use.

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Apart from the rendering performance of dual core Air, you'll be very comfortable. I used the high end model with HD5000 graphics and it worked just fine.

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