I am considering purchasing a Mac for my godson who will be using it to run Blender 2.8. I know very little about this program. All I can find are requirements for a Mac that will run earlier versions of Blender. Would someone please recommend a list of requirements for a Mac (or a link to a list of requirements) that I could use to find a model that can run 2.8? Thank you in advance for all your help! Sincerely, M. Lap

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    $\begingroup$ I am a Mac user, I like the Mac System but Mac graphic cards are not made for 3D, it takes much more time to calculate, so my advice would be to not buy a Mac... also I'm not sure Eevee will work on Mac (?) $\endgroup$ – moonboots Nov 18 '18 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for this advice. Do you have a recommendation for a list of requirements for a non-Mac computer? Also, do you have a "favorite" computer that you would suggest for running 2.8? Again, I appreciate all your help! $\endgroup$ – M. Lap Nov 18 '18 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ I'm very bad with hardware, sorry, but I'm sure someone will answer, here or on another forum $\endgroup$ – moonboots Nov 19 '18 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it about hardware recommendations $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Nov 19 '18 at 0:23
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    $\begingroup$ Dont’ buy a Mac. Not only because it doesn’t have nVidia GPUs, but also OpenGL in Mac is deprecated. Until Blender natively supports Metal, don’t buy a Mac for it. $\endgroup$ – MetroWind Jan 28 '19 at 21:57

The most important component for Blender is a good graphics card. Unfortunately, to get an even remotely decent GPU (Graphics Prcessing Unit) on a new Mac you'll be looking at $3K+, certainly not worth the money.

For that reason, I cannot recommend a Mac for Blender.

With a gaming PC, you could buy something with very good specs for about \$1~1.5K. A laptop with specifications like Intel Core i5 for CPU and 8GB RAM would also work just fine, and you can find a laptop with an NVIDIA GTX 970 on Ebay/Craigslist for pretty cheap these days.

For the NVIDIA 10 GPU series cards a GTX 1060 would be a good entry point. NVIDIA will soon release new GPUs for their 20 series. Laptop with a 20-series GPU might be a bit expensive though, but it might be worth-it specially if you were planning to spend ~$3k for a MacBook Pro.

If you absolutely have to buy a Mac then the 15" MacBook Pro is probably the best bet. It's the only laptop in Apple's lineup with a dedicated GPU, the MacBook Air/12"/13" all use integrated graphics which is admittedly insufficient for Blender 2.8 (it's too slow).

Additionally, given that Apple decided to deprecate support for third party graphics APIs like OpenCL and OpenGL in favor of their own Metal API you will always be looking at a feature crippled system when compared to competing platforms in terms of GPU rendering and real time drawing performance, which makes MacOS an even less of an advisable ecosystem to invest in if you are looking at open source software.

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    $\begingroup$ Very good answer. Upvoted. A Mac is much too expensive for not great 3D performance to make it a good option. They work, but not ideal. Oh, and hey, M! Tell ya boi a fellow youngin' Blender user says hi!! - from me 😀 $\endgroup$ – Linguini Nov 19 '18 at 5:41
  • $\begingroup$ What is your experience with external GPUs, in this regard? $\endgroup$ – Lucas Aschenbach Sep 14 '19 at 11:34
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    $\begingroup$ I haven’t looked at them recently but last I checked, the external systems cost almost as much as the gpu itself. The thunderbolt cable becomes a bottleneck so you won’t get the full potential of the gpu. Furthermore, Mac only supports AMD cards. Basically I think external gpus are a waste of money. $\endgroup$ – mr-matt Sep 14 '19 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ wow, over a year later and Apple actually has a decent MacBook Pro that (at the top end at least) competes favorably on price with other 17" laptops from the majors, and yet it's crippled by the fact that AMD GPUs aren't supported by anything outside the Apple ecosystem? WTH?!!! $\endgroup$ – Michael Apr 13 at 0:28

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