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MacBook Pro 13” with UE4?

Hello! I was thinking of buying the MacBook Pro 13” base model, but I am unsure how it would perform. I am guessing that the graphics card isn’t good enough and I need a eGpu, but which gpu would I get? If i get a good gpu, the core might bottleneck its performance, hence my reason to be unsure of what gpu to get so that I don’t waste my money. The specs of the MacBook are:

2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz/ Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640/ 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory/ 128GB SSD storage/ Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

Product Version: UE 4.21
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asked Apr 12 '19 at 07:58 AM in Using UE4

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The intel graphics will not cut it. Do you need to buy a MacBook? If that's really a dual core, then you'll be in a world of pain, the SSD is tiny, barely enough for the OS, UE4 and an app or two. The 8GB is problematic as well. That MacBook is a bad idea as a base to start with. Sorry.

Since the eGPU enclosure is already an investment, you should not settle for anything less than GTX 2060 - it's a sweet spot at the moment and will hold its good value for a while. Considering that processor, you might be better off with something like 1660ti, though.

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answered Apr 12 '19 at 10:26 AM

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avatar image Potatoes_ARE_God Apr 12 '19 at 04:03 PM

Thank you! It is obviously a bit disappointing for me. I guess i will find another laptop that is powerful enough to run UE4. Do you know what the recommended specs for laptop might be?

avatar image Everynone Apr 12 '19 at 04:21 PM

You will want a quad core at least, 16GB of RAM, SSD, and a video card that is no slouch - I'd not go below 1050ti for anything that can be considered remotely future proof.

Configs like this: Intel Core i7 7700HQ, GeForce 1060, 16GB of DDR4, 256GB SSD + extra HDD - can be had for around £1000. Double that if it's a Mac :|

The above should be solid for some time and suitable for most medium sized projects. A Ryzen chip can make it cheaper but I don't think Apple puts those in Macs - I'm not up to date with MacNews, though.

Hope it helps.

edit: I'll just add that UE4 does work well with eGPUs - there's a solid thread somewhere in the forums, a year old or so. You do lose some performance, just like with all enclosures.

avatar image Potatoes_ARE_God Apr 12 '19 at 04:24 PM

Thanks a lot! That really helps!

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