I am a Windows person all my life, though used MacOS many times, so obviously I did not do any testing myself and I don’t even have to since we live in the internet age. However I read many independent reviews from known and trusted sources and they all confirm what I said before. Also the YouTube videos I watched confirms the same. Just Google it and you will find it yourself.
Well I meant top of the line computer with M1. I know that M1 is currently a one silicon, however you should get a better overall performance from the Macbook Pro (and Mac Mini) than from the MacBook Air thanks to the support of active cooling of the processor in the Pro and Mini.
There is no doubt that the M1 offers the highest efficiency of any processor, and by a huge margin. It also offers amazing performance with applications that are fully optimized to M1 chip. Also, when it comes to performance per watt, M1 wins hands down.
However and performance wise, quantity and capacity always wins over efficiency, so if you want the highest performance, then by default you don’t care about efficiency , and by default Windows based machines are the way to go… period. Even older generations of Intel Core CPUs (i7 and i9) with good discrete GPUs outperformed the new M1 in so many 3D tests and by a huge margin… just search for it.
Now, I am not talking about SketchUp in particular, I am talking about creative softwares in general, especially 3D applications. Try for instance comparing Real-time rendering or even normal rendering between M1 PC and a typical, not even the most powerful i7 or i9 PC with discrete RTX GPU and tell me the result. In fact no need to even try testing that out because the result will depress you. Any reasonable gaming laptop with discrete RTX GPU should easily outperform any M1 mac in most 3D applications.
Don’t get me wrong, the M1 is a great laptop processor but it is overrated when it comes to pure performance.
By the way, which model of i9 do you have? and is it the Desktop or laptop version?