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Thought on the Apple M1 for 3D?

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Hi, I’m curious to know what everyone here thinks of the new M1 chip. I’m a 3D Character Artist. I use Zbrush, Maya, Algorithmic Suite, CC and others on the day to day basis. I’ve always been a Windows user. But with the new M1 Chip. I just can’t ignore considering the next 16’ MBP with M1 given all the praise the M1 is getting with performance and efficiency. Do you think this might be the future for mobile 3D workstation?
 
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If the Software you'll be using supports the M1 Chip (some have already announced support, like Cinema 4D... not too sure about zbrush or may yet though) Apple's M1 does bring a good amount of performance. Because it's still so new and not much Software supports it yet (or if they do have support, there will be a lot of bugs that will still have to be fixed) I'd be careful in jumping on the M1 unless you've made sure it will not hinder or slow down your workflow. Performance-wise, the M1 is a nice choice, especially given the fact that this is the first of Apple's mobile cpus and they are bound to become even better.
 
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Hi, I’m curious to know what everyone here thinks of the new M1 chip. I’m a 3D Character Artist. I use Zbrush, Maya, Algorithmic Suite, CC and others on the day to day basis. I’ve always been a Windows user. But with the new M1 Chip. I just can’t ignore considering the next 16’ MBP with M1 given all the praise the M1 is getting with performance and efficiency. Do you think this might be the future for mobile 3D workstation?
As Alex said, the M1 is quite promising and apps that run natively on the new processors do seem to perform quite well. I do think it'll be the future for excellent efficiency and high performance in a small form factor. We'll be watching the next couple of launches from Apple closely (especially what they plan to do with the Mac Pro and the iMac lines).
 
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Watching a lot of the reviews and general thoughts on it, I don't think there are any intel/amd laptops that can match up to the M1. I guess the only really drawback is the GPU performance. I'm hoping to see an update that would fully support external GPUs.
 
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Watching a lot of the reviews and general thoughts on it, I don't think there are any intel/amd laptops that can match up to the M1. I guess the only really drawback is the GPU performance. I'm hoping to see an update that would fully support external GPUs.
Yep, that and a more powerful discrete Apple GPU? Maybe? Eh, I might be hoping for too much :D
 
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That’d be interesting.
 
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