I’ve been using Sketchup for about 10 years. I design recording studios full-time (AudioVirtue.com) and have always had issues with SU/Layout running slow. Sometimes I know I’m pushing it pretty hard with a large file, but the majority of the time the files are pretty small and the file starts to become less responsive and in some case starts to freeze and crash.
I’ve been through all of the setting tweaks in SU and Layout and they have helped a bit. I realize that SU is a single thread program (I understand all CAD softwares are) and so it’s “limited” in the softwares processing power (SU can’t utilize the entire speed of my machine like a video or audio editing software can).
This brings me to the question I’ve had for ten years…do I have the best computer for my use of SU, Layout and Podium (the rendering program I use)?
To start, I’ve alway used a laptop (MacBook Pros) because I have to have the portability and I’m not convinced moving to an iMac (faster single core clock speed and better graphics card) would completely solve my issue.
So I’m opening up the questions here to attempt the detailed understanding that I’ve been longing for ten years…do I have the best computer for my scenario and if not how should I upgrade???
My current Mac specs are:
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
- Processor: 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
- Memory: 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
- Graphics: Radeon Pro 455 2GB & Intel HD Graphics 530 1536MB
I’m also running two monitors from the MacBook; Apple 27inch Cinema Display & LG 34inch Wide Screen (running in clam shell mode; laptop closed).
At one point I thought heat was an issue so I’ve been running the MacBook elevated on an aluminum heat sink with two computer fans bringing in cool air from the bottom up.
Thanks in advance your time and your help with this frustrating situation. Feel free to ask “beginner” questions and I’m not to proud to answer them. Just want to sort out a better running machine so that I can gain back a few hours lost to crashes, freezing and lag to be able to finally go fly fishing again!