Should I make the switch
I have a MAC OS X I bought back in 2015. I’ve used it mostly for animation and editing. Using programs as such: Premiere Pro, after effects, Illustrater, photoshop l, and dragonframe. I’m planning on making a career out of my animations so I’m deciding whether or not I should get a PC. I don’t know if it’ll be worth it or not
submitted by MekatonickOmatic
Student Device Requirements/Recommendations?
I received a device requirements list from my college and I am humbly looking to this community for some advice before making a decision.
For my major (animation) these are the relevant levels:
| ||Level Two ||Level Three |
|CPU ||Intel i9 (or better) ||Intel i9 (or better) |
|Graphics Card ||Intel Iris Plus Graphics ||AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 Memory |
|RAM ||32GB ||64GB |
|Display ||16 Inch Macbook Pro Retina Display ||16 Inch Macbook Pro Retina Display |
|Examples ||13-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz 32GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory Intel Iris Plus Graphics 2TB SSD storage $3,322 w/ Apple Care (approximate) ||16 inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory 16-inch Retina display with True Tone Touch Bar and Touch ID Backlit Magic Keyboard - US English 4TB SSD storage $4,250 w/ Apple Care (approximate) |
Software: Autodesk Maya, Dragonframe, Toonboom, ZBrush, Photoshop.
I have copied the relevant fields as they appeared in the device requirements comparison sheet. The "Examples" machines deviate from the "requirement" fields significantly in some cases.
My concern is this: Price. Both options are a lot of money. I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck. Maybe industry professionals can weigh in and illuminate me, but I'll listen to anyone willing to give their two cents. In my limited research I have seen some debate over the difference between i9-i7 CPUs. Namely that in laptops (or, notebooks) the i9 is not a dramatic improvement over the i7. Due to thermal throttling if I'm not mistaken?
The graphics card is another question that I have. I'm not savvy enough to fully understand the benefits I would receive from a better graphics card. Is the difference considerable? Specifically for the software listed above? I do not expect to be doing much gaming.
I believe RAM is something I shouldn't skimp on because of the soldering builds of Macbook products, so I think I'll shoot for 64GB minimum.
Display I think I'm more flexible on. I could always purchase a secondary monitor for work at home, and the institution itself has a respectable computer lab with excellent monitors.
TLDR: Is an i9 better than i7 enough to warrant the price? Is AMD Radeon Pro 5600 superior to Intel Iris Plus enough to warrant the price? And is there a benefit to going the Mac route instead of PC in general from an animation/illustration perspective? Whats the best bang for my buck?
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