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Is UE4 compatible with a Macbook Pro 17 with an Nvidia Geforce 330m?

My laptop was old MacBook Pro 17" with a Geforce 330m 512MB and 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 and 8GB ram. Could U4 run on this machine? And can I install U4 on different machine like both on my station and laptop? Thanks.

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asked Mar 20 '14 at 08:33 AM in Everything Else

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avatar image hbrock May 01 '14 at 10:03 PM

You need a more powerful video card. If you want a widows laptop you should look at the Assus gaming laptops. I have one with an Gefore 860 and UE4 runs great on it.

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Hi ChaosKIDs,

Unfortunately the 330m is not DirectX 11 compatible, which is necessary for smooth development on the UE4 system. I would recommend a computer with a GTX 460 or greater for better performance. Have a great day!

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answered May 01 '14 at 02:06 PM

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I have that exact same system and have been trying U4 on it. My personal experience thus far shows that when I Boot Camp into Windows 7, performance is much better in the editor. Turning off a lot of the graphic effects while editing and keeping the realtime preview window fairly small (640x480 roughly, I think?) I was able to get a 20fps. When using default settings in the editor, I see about 3fps in Windows 7 and sometimes as low a 0.3 fps on the OS X side.

I also see graphic artifacts in the preview, which I do not understand. Green lines appear around UI elements in the editor and the shadowing/reflections in the preview show a kind of pixellated shimmery effect. The graphic quality is better, with less artefacts, in Windows than OS X.

When playing the preview in-editor, like any high-end game on the older machine, I need to keep the resolution low and turn off some of the super-pretty special effects. Running the preview at 25% resolution, but keeping most cool effects turned on, I have seen it as high as about 35fps in the Elemental demo.

All of that said, I would have to declare this machine as incapable of being any kind of serious development machine for Unreal Engine 4. I'm sure someone with a lot of patience could produce something interesting, but I find the whole user experience very slow and laggy and unusable in any professional sense.

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answered May 01 '14 at 02:40 AM

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