Which of latest MacBooks models officially recommended for UE4?
According to UE4 hardware requirements it's looks like only one models is good enough - the 15-inch Retina witch GeForce GT 750M, but it's also looks like that this laptop may not have enough power for serious work: https://answers.unrealengine.com/questions/13833/macbook-retina-geforce-750m-16-gb-ram.html
I know that Mac support by engine currently is not have same quality as PC, but I guess that UE4 team have some target mac hardware configurations in the mind which they would like to support. Therefore I would like to know which of MacBooks will has enough fps in UE4 for serious work after some further engine optimization in next few months? or might be will UE4 always only for desktops and workstations machines like Mac Pro, iMac?
PS. Currently I have Macbook pro 2013 with HD Graphics 4000, is enough for serious Unity3d development, learning of UE4 and most other my tasks, but I would like to use UE4 seriously also because of I thinking about buying new hardware and choice about which of hardware is suitable for my workflow is really painful: Should I get new macbook laptop for all? Should I use current macbook for other tasks + powerful new PC laptop for UE dev? Mac Pro or iMac for all + current mac laptop for mobile use? etc. Therefore I hope that UE4 team will say something about mac targeted hardware.
A lot depends on what you consider “enough fps” and “serious work”.
The performance problem mentioned in the link you referred to were solved in 4.0.1 (if I remember correctly) and it also mentions that hiding the Unreal Engine Launcher does make quite a big difference in editor's performance - something we're still working on. And using a display mode higher than "Best for display" may slow things down considerably.
A while back I installed Windows on my MacBook Pro 15", Retina, GT 750M and did some performance tests. On most maps I tested the editor in OS X was, on average, about 10-15% slower than in Windows, so not that bad considering the current state of OpenGL on Macs. Compared to a good desktop graphics card, GT 750M is very slow, but for many things it may be more than enough.
If you’re curious about performance of specific samples from our Marketplace, I can load a few and give you some numbers. Let me know.
answered May 05 '14 at 07:54 PM
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