Is there advantage of 8 core i9 over 6 core i7 for AutoCAD?


I am a working student Mac user. I need a mobile Mac for current job but taking AutoCAD course and school strongly recommends Windows version of AutoCAD. I need to upgrade my Mac regardless and I know all about the “Apple Tax”. I plan to spend extra for 1-2TB Storage and use BootCamp dual boot to run AutoCAD  in Windows. I am already breaking my bank with storage and 32GB RAM (future proofing). Is there any value in i9 over i7? AutoCAD is probably most resource intense program I will be running, not a gamer. Do 2 extra cores have any real world impact on AutoCAD performance?

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I’m pretty sure that I read somewhere that many of the software are not currently able to use the capabilities of the i9.

I don’t have a source for this.

In general, the answer is always the same, if you can budget for better spec hardware it will be more ‘future proof’.

If you already have the i7 why not download the AutoCAD free trial and test it out?

I gotta say that Windows on macOS (via bootcamp) isn’t as stable as running on a dedicated Windows PC.  Make sure you close any processes on macOS and Windows that you don’t require to optimize performance.

Answered on January 20, 2020.

Good to know. I was going to boot the Mac directly to Windows not Virtualized through MacOS. I was not aware of stability issues booting into Windows, guess I’ll be doing more research. Thanks Luke.

on January 20, 2020.
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I think it is not capable for Core i9

Answered on February 14, 2020.
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Honestly, it might be worth investing in a PC later on. Not only will you be able to natively run AutoCAD Windows without having to use BootCamp, you’ll also be able to upgrade your hardware much more easily.

Answered on September 18, 2020.
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