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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: How "limited" is Mac Intel Iris card? Reply with quote

I'd appreciate some advice on choosing a new MacBook to run ArchiCAD.

My doubt is between these two models:

https://www.apple.com/mac/compare/results/?product1=macbook-pro-2015-15&product2=macbook-pro-touchbar-15

In principle, my preference would be the older model, not only because it is $400 cheaper (actually, the price difference in Brazil is greater than that), but also because of the HDMI and USB ports, which would allow me to keep using my old peripherals (mouse, second display, external drives, printer...) without relying on adapters.

Their specs are quite similar, except from the Touch Bar/Touch ID, which looks fun but not really necessary, and... the graphics cards!

Then I read this article: http://www.graphisoft.com/support/system_requirements/AC20/index.html?_ga=2.31667006.1473235703.1493922905-1224353560.1493826920

It says "Integrated Intel Iris cards work with ARCHICAD, but their performance is limited."

How severe is this limitation? I mostly work with small, residential buildings. Should I really care about it?

Should I spend extra $$$ and replace my peripherals (or resort to adapters that I don't know if are reliable)?

Thanks
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