Apple's New MacBook Pro Supports Heavy 3D Workflows

With 128GB of unified memory, it lets you work on big projects in Substance 3D Painter, Cinema 4D, and Maya.

During the Apple Event on October 30, the company presented the new MacBook Pro with the M3 family of chips, and I think 3D artists will be happy to have one of those. 

The most powerful out of the lineup is the MacBook Pro with M3 Max. As usual for Max chips, it's meant to handle "extreme" workflows of AI developers, 3D artists, and video professionals. It "delivers performance and capabilities that push the limits of computing" complete with powerful GPU and CPU as well as 128GB of RAM.

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Apple claims it's perfect for multitasking across pro apps like Substance 3D Painter, Cinema 4D, and Maya. Moreover, you can do it "faster than ever": the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M3 Max renders a scene in Cinema 4D twice more quickly than the one with M2 and 2.5 times faster than M1.

Both the 14- and 16-inch new MacBook Pro laptops have a Liquid Retina XDR display with a built-in 1080p camera, a six-speaker sound system, and plenty of connectivity options. It can live up to 22 hours without charging, "delivering the same performance whether plugged in or on battery."

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The M3 Pro and M3 Max models are available in a new, "space black" color that should help reduce fingerprints and familiar silver. The 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M3 Pro chip starts at $1,999, and the 16-inch M3 Pro model starts at $2,499. You can pre-order them today, with availability beginning November 7.

Apple has also released an "entry-level", cheaper version of the 14-inch MacBook Pro. Equipped with the base M3 chip, its price starts at $1,599. It should replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip. Boasting 8GB of RAM, it doesn't have a Touch Bar, meaning this part of history has passed for Apple.

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  • xberko xberko

    I have 16GB M1 Macbook Air and it is terrible at 3D(Blender, to be specific). Blender benchmark website shows that even maxed out M2 Max (38 core GPU) is just half as fast as RTX 4060 laptop GPU. So, what do you mean by saying "supports heavy 3d workflows"? Do you mean that it can open files?


    xberko xberko

    ·5 months ago·
  • Anonymous user

    In their dreams.
    The demonstrated material was as lightweight as it gets.


    Anonymous user

    ·5 months ago·

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