New Computer for Rhino 7

Hi ,

I need your advise about purchasing a new computer for Rhino7, actually right now I’m using MacBook Pro, processor 16GB M1, HD 1 TB which should be good performance but When I design something contain a lot of objects it’s become heavy !! specially when I try to design car or small web designs like gold

What do you think, shall I purchase a new Mac Pro 64 GB RAM or shall I go with windows ? and what is the good specification is recommended ?

Personally, I choose Windows because you get more power for your money and you’ll have access to all Rhino plug-ins. Mac plug-ins are limited. You’ll get the most out of Rhino as the base to the larger ecosystem.

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What do you think , what is the recommended specification in window to create a complex design ?

I’m not a hardware expert. I just want it to work so I ask people who know what they are talking about. Generlly speeking, if the PC is good for gaming, It’s good for 3D modeling. Here are my specs:

Windows 10.0.19042 SR0.0 or greater (Physical RAM: 32Gb)

Computer platform: DESKTOP

Standard graphics configuration.
Primary display and OpenGL: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (NVidia) Memory: 4GB, Driver date: 9-30-2020 (M-D-Y). OpenGL Ver: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 456.71
> Accelerated graphics device with 4 adapter port(s)
- Windows Main Display attached to adapter port #0

OpenGL Settings
Safe mode: Off
Use accelerated hardware modes: On
Redraw scene when viewports are exposed: On
Graphics level being used: OpenGL 4.6 (primary GPU’s maximum)

Anti-alias mode: 4x
Mip Map Filtering: Linear
Anisotropic Filtering Mode: High

Vendor Name: NVIDIA Corporation
Render version: 4.6
Shading Language: 4.60 NVIDIA
Driver Date: 9-30-2020
Driver Version:
Maximum Texture size: 16384 x 16384
Z-Buffer depth: 24 bits
Maximum Viewport size: 16384 x 16384
Total Video Memory: 4 GB

well besides plugins and stuff which rhino for windows user clearly have the advantage i would say that nowadays any cheap crap computer is capable of functioning as a working computer and it definitely does not have to be the hottest of all heatguns to play well with which would make the m1 macs an exciting choice for sure, but rhino is not yet optimised for these… in fact rhino for mac is not handling any mac well for quite a while. there are some very interesting projects cooking for instance hooking up mac metal to rhino which could finally bring the mac user on par if not beyond windows performance and most likely the most power per watt. it has been a bumpy road for the rhino for mac geeks for sure, to be fair also because apple was bouncing the ball pretty heavy.

@razaqe which mac book pro are you actually using? also are you using a lot of subd? that also is a quite a bit of a performance drainage on mac currently.

I’m using MacBook Pro 2020 , processor 16 GB M1, HD 1 TB .

did you try the wip8 and also testmetal?

Get the highest scoring CPU in this list that you can afford. For graphics, a GTX 750 is OK but try to get a GTX 960 or higher. Ram wise, 16GB is my bare minimum; aim for 32GB or higher.

motherboard chipsets: Explaining Motherboard Chipsets - YouTube

Also depends on your budget and desired form factor. I’d suggest going with a windows laptop and a 12th Generation Intel processor and a discrete Nvidia GPU (Hopefully 3060 or 2070) this should give a more predictable performance than M1 mac’s. Doesn’t have to be faster. But a more predictable.

For desktops it is a bit tricky since GPUs are super expensive now but slowly getting cheaper.

Good luck