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    Is Intel Iris Pro Graphics is reliable for revit with prallel desktop ?

    Hello, Due to budget I was wondering Is Intel Iris Pro Graphics that comes with apple mac is reliable for revit with parallel desktop to run revit on smoothly ?

    Thanks,
    Cheers,

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    Hi Ahmed,

    That's difficult to answer because your expectations of "to run refit on smoothly" is very subjective... what seems smooth to you may not be acceptably smooth to me. Also, the size of the project greatly affects performance, much more noticeably than in "native" Windows (i.e. on a PC or in Mac Boot Camp). A fast CPU is far more critical than the GPU [edit: so is RAM - you need lots of RAM!].

    Revit should run fine in Parallels even with the Intel Iris Pro Graphics. HWA support may be spotty - some of that may be dependent on a combination of version of Revit, version of Windows, version of Parallels... so a lot of potential combinations there.

    Just understand that Revit performance in Parallels is really underwhelming. E.g. on my Mac Pro, running the 2014 RFO Benchmark, the main model creation is about 50% faster in Boot Camp compared to Parallels. The Revit "sample" projects are pretty smooth. One of my typical 100MB project files are not very smooth at all. YMMV of course.
    Last edited by iru69; February 17, 2014, 07:51 PM.

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      It's "technically" fast enough to work just fine, but Intel's drivers are hit and miss sometimes. I wouldn't expect it to work well for the life of the machine without some kind of issue popping up at some point. If performance through Parallels is truly as awful as iru says, then I wouldn't spend money on something you can never upgrade if an issue did pop up.

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