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SolidWorks on MacBook Pro

Question asked by Miguel Nieto on Jun 9, 2011
Latest reply on Jun 16, 2011 by Derek Meyers



I'm looking at purchasing a new Apple MacBook Pro 17", 2.2Ghz Quad-core Intel Core i7,

8GB Ram, 500GB 7200RPM Drive, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDRRS graphic

card. Cost, £2,299.00.


Now, I have ordered (yet not received and I have time to cancel) a Dell M6600 Workstation

laptop, 2.2Ghz, 6MB cash Quad Cord One Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB Ram, 500GB 720RPM

Drive, with Nvidia Quadro 3000M 2GB GDDRRS graphic card. Cost £2187.60


My questions:


Can I run SolidWorks as well on the Mac as on the Dell Workstation? Considering that

the Mac has an AMD Radeon card, as opposed to the Nvidia Quadro card on the Dell.


Compariing the two machines, in your opinion, since the specs seen very close,

would there be any real performance differences/problems?


I'm looking at the Mac as a change. I will be using the Mac for both for personal and as well

as business uses. For business use primarily to run 3D CAD running SolidWorks and

MS Office (since I already have the software and licenses). Of course there is the added

cost of installing Windows 7 on the Mac.


Since I do not encounter complex files, or very large assemblies (maybe 100 parts

max) in my daily work (I'm a contract Mechanical Design Engineer, and currently work

for clients using SollidWorks) I don't think I will every have large complex files that will demand

a lot of the hardware.


Your response on this is greatly appreciated!