Learning Rhino / Grasshopper on Intel Celeron with integrated video?


Due to some reasons, I am going to use Intel Celeron N4500 or N4000 with Intel UHD Graphics 600.
I read the minimum requirements, but I wonder if the setup would be sufficent to play around with Grasshopper? I mean learning, writing some Python code and so on? I am not going to use it for complex modeling (unless playing with bridges and civil engineering is considered heavy comparing to cars/boats modeling). So, the question is, if the laptop would be capable of starting the software and doing some stuff, or the hardware makes it unusable?

I have way better laptop, but lets say its going to be unavaiable.

If you have the hardware , give it a try. If you are looking to buys something with these specs. Don’t do it.

If you get lucky to be able to run rhino. I can guarantee you that it won’t be a pleasant experience.

Thanks for the info.

So, which processor would be good enough? I am looking for something budget, since I am going to use it just for a few weeks.

— Dale

Thank you for the link.

Last questions:
Does the requirement of 4GB ram is for rendering purposes or overall usage of Rhino to display geometry etc?

There was a discussion about a computer with almost exactly those specs very recently. We tried it, but it was pretty frustratingly slow. It all depends what you want to do. It does work though.

Thank you very much for the link. It’s quite interesting.
Based on the topic, I have assumed that it would be possible to use a laptopt with that specs, just to learn and play with Grasshopper, instead of heavy modeling.

Correct me please if I am wrong, but the GPU is being used to calculate/generate the geometry or the whole process is CPU based?

No–or…yes? depending on what you meant?–the GPU is used for drawing the polygons on the screen. All the work of making the NURBS that get converted to a mesh and shown on screen is CPU-based.

It will be possible. If that machine is the only one you can get, then go for it.

Here you are saying though that you do civil engineering and bridges. I don’t think you can say that a car or boat is heavier (on the graphics card) than that. It depends. A detailed model of a bridge will be way heavier to draw than a car.

Thanks for the information, quite interesting :smiley:

Thanks for the clarification. I wanted something budget, since I am going to the hospital to a rehabilitation for a few weeks and I don’t know what conditions are in the rooms. I am a bit afraid of accidentaly droping my laptop, since I am limited with moving.

I guess, I am gonna wait till getting there and afterwards I decide to tell someone to bring my own laptop or buying a budget one.

So far, I am on sick leave and I am mostly learning and playing with the software. Honestly, the goal for the laptop would be to learn and to generate a part of a road or just a portion of the bridge, to test potential workflows.

Thank you all for the contributions :slight_smile:

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