13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

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13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

Postby gab321 » Thu May 14, 2020 12:26 am

Hi all,
I would like to know if of Prepar3D version 5 will function on the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020. First of all, will it work on Windows 10 via BootCamp? Also, the graphic card shares memory with the system RAM so will it have enough VRAM to run P3Dv5?

In case you need it, here are my specs
- 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 2.3GHz quad-core Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
- 8MB shared L3 cache
- 1TB SSD storage

I use to have a Window computer with NVDIA GeForce GTX850M graphic card and it couldn't run P3Dv5 because it only has 2GB VRAM. I hope my MacBook will be able to run it.

Thanks guys.

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Re: 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

Postby JorgenSA » Thu May 14, 2020 6:18 am

You'll find the minimum system requirements here:

https://www.prepar3d.com/system-requirements/

Your MacBook falls short on 2 counts: the minimum processor speed is 3 GHz sustained clock rate, and the graphics card VRAM requirement is 4 GB dedicated VRAM.

You can of course try to run v. 5, there is a 14-day money-back period for trying.

Jorgen
System: i7-7700K @ 4.66 GHz, ASUS Z170-A motherboard, 16 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, nVidia GTX 960 w/ 4 GB DDR5 VRAM, Windows 10 Home.

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Re: 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

Postby JorgenSA » Thu May 14, 2020 9:21 am

A personal opinion: if you want to run a flight simulator on this MacBook, then get Falcon 4 or FSX:SE.

Jorgen
System: i7-7700K @ 4.66 GHz, ASUS Z170-A motherboard, 16 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, nVidia GTX 960 w/ 4 GB DDR5 VRAM, Windows 10 Home.

All views and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I am not a Lockheed-Martin employee.

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Re: 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

Postby gab321 » Fri May 15, 2020 4:05 pm

Your MacBook falls short on 2 counts: the minimum processor speed is 3 GHz sustained clock rate, and the graphics card VRAM requirement is 4 GB dedicated VRAM.

Hello,

Thank you for your response, yet I’m a bit confused about the VRAM. Wouldn’t 16GB RAM which the graphic card shares memory with be enough for dedicated VRAM? I’m not really sure how to calculate shared memory though...

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Re: 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

Postby MHargrove » Sat May 16, 2020 5:47 am

VRAM is much faster than 'regular' RAM and is dedicated for use by the video card (the V in VRAM is 'video'). In principle, yes, system RAM could be used for video. To make a rather poor analogy, though, it would be sort-of equivalent to driving a Formula 1 race car to the grocery store through a 25 MPH speed zone. With speed bumps. And children playing along the way.
Mark Hargrove
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Re: 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020 Compatibility

Postby JorgenSA » Sat May 16, 2020 7:53 am

A very good explanation, Mark.

In general, I cannot recommend the Intel integrated graphics adapters for flight simulation use because of this. The simulation may run, but it will be frustratingly slow.

Jorgen
System: i7-7700K @ 4.66 GHz, ASUS Z170-A motherboard, 16 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM, nVidia GTX 960 w/ 4 GB DDR5 VRAM, Windows 10 Home.

All views and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I am not a Lockheed-Martin employee.


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