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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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closed as off-topic by Ray Mairlot, aliasguru, X-27 the fluffy unicorn, iKlsR Dec 6 '18 at 11:25

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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
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you - I'll keep looking! I appreciate your help! $\endgroup$ – M. Lap Nov 19 '18 at 0:09
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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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The most important component for blender is a good graphics card. Unfortunately, to get even a remotely decent GPU (graphics card) 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. I personally own a 2012 MacBook Pro that I used to use almost solely for blender. The experience was abysmal. Since then I got a gaming PC with an NVIDIA 1080 graphics card. Night and day difference. Also, I probably spent about the same amount on the laptop as the gaming PC.

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 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 (maybe it's also for school or work?) then the 15" MacBook Pro is probably the best bet. It's the only laptop in Apple's lineup with a GPU, the MacBook Air/12"/13" all use integrated graphics which is sort of useless for Blender 2.8 (it's too slow).

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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 😀 $\endgroup$ – Dr. Farquaad Nov 19 '18 at 5:41
  • $\begingroup$ What is your experience with external GPUs, in this regard? $\endgroup$ – Lucas Aschenbach Sep 14 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ 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 at 18:24

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