New Mac Studio running Sketchup Pro

Just picked ups Mac Studio with the M1 chip. I was expecting big things but Sketchup still runs laggy with larger models. While V-Ray is somewhat faster on this machine than on my iMac, I’m still underwhelmed. Are others experiencing this? Also, are there plans to make an optimized for Mac version of Sketchup anytime soon?

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“large” means different things to different people. How big are your SketchUp files, how many entities? How big are the textures, can you upload a file that you are finding “laggy” but posting to a sharing site and replying with a link so we can see how it runs on other machines? There are many specific things you can do to take pressure off your graphics card and speed up models.

SketchUp 22 is currently available and is already ported to run natively on M1. What other type of “optimization” were you thinking of?

You have a subscription, if you are still using 2021 you can get 2022 from here:

https://www.sketchup.com/sketchup/SketchUpPro-full-dmg

Thanks. I have the SU2022 version now.

Obviously, I started this post with incorrect info about M1 native SU.

I have 12 days left to return this computer and get something else if need be. This is what the basic Mac Studio came with:
M1 Max chip
10-Core CPU
24-Core GPU
16-Core Neural Engine

  • 32GB unified memory
    512GB SSD storage¹

Not really knowing or understanding how any of this hardware impacts SU and VRay, I’d love to get your opinion on which machine to buy. `
Would I see much difference if I went to the Mac Studio Ultra?
Two Mac M1 Max chips
20-Core CPU
48-Core GPU
32-Core Neural Engine

  • 64GB unified memory
  • 1TB SSD storage¹

Likely, it’s a case of operator error. I just wanted to believe technology would be able to make up for that.

Technology can help to a point, but we also have to help ourselves. Keep graphics crushing options like shadows, profiles, detailed textures, massive high poly entourage all turned off to keep things cooking. Check out Model info>statistics to see just how complex your model has become.

SketchUp is a single thread application, so more cores does nothing for you. Your Mac specs are already high end, it’s a very capable machine. I doubt you would see a significant difference in speed when using an ultra. I would keep that Mac and clean up your models.

SketchUp performance has increased somewhat with every release as has the performance of computers with new generations, but the core issue remains. Today, perhaps, the limit where SketchUp gets perceivably laggy is somewhere around a million edges or faces. You can see your model’s weight in the Model Info>Statistics window when you check the “Show nested components” box. When I started using SketchUp version 3 the limit was perhaps 10% of what it is today.

Neither SketchUp or V-Ray can make good use of the GPU part of the current Macs.

There will be little/no difference in performance in SketchUp Between the M1 Ultra and Max

There will be a significant improvement in performance in V-Ray however.