Is it worth running Linux on my Mac to use the built in AMD graphics card with Blender? Right now I'm only using cpu and it takes a very long time for high poly rendering. Would it work to partition my computer and is it going to make that much of a difference?

Thank you.


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Blender usually renders considerably faster on linux, but if you are not sure wether you should install linux or not, it will be easier to just create a linux live usb stick and boot on it. This way you can try linux and render stuff without making any changes to your system. When you are done, you can simply plug out the usb stick and boot on your os. The only downside of a live usb is that your changes won't be saved so you will have to download blender every time you boot on it, wich is really annoying. If you have questions simply comment my answer.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the reply! So I can simply download Linux to an external drive or usb stick and my Mac will switch over while it's connected? And when I remove the stick it will switch back over to osx? Where will the blender files live? $\endgroup$
    – Mason
    Jan 28, 2020 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ and do you know if this looks like a good choice? sevenbits.io/mlul $\endgroup$
    – Mason
    Jan 28, 2020 at 18:59

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