Metal is now the default display technology being used on Rhino 8 for Mac. This is the preferred display technology on all modern Apple products. Our hope is that by using metal we will see improved stability and performance for display.
We are currently working to make sure all of the display creates the correct results which would match what was generated by OpenGL in the past. Once this phase is complete, we will begin working on optimizations for performance improvements.
Please let us know if anything looks incorrect while using Rhino 8.
I made a test with a large number of the same close solid polysurface elements (315 pieces) and the same elements only as the same block (also 315 pieces). As you can easily guess, the file with 315 closed solid polysurface is much larger (883 MB) than the file with blocks (5,4 MB). What surprised me was the smoothness of operation and rotation with the polysurface file was better than with blocks. Is it possible to improve this because I often use the same elements and I would not like them to slow down the smoothness of operation.
Now I’ve only a Mac Mini 2018 that is very slow with Rhino raytraced rendering. So I would like to be sure if I buy the new Mac studio M2 ultra with 76 core GPU (6.500 €…) I will be able to render at a reasonable speed…
Do you think I can do this in the Apple store? Are you sure that could I download and install the dmg on their computer to test it? I’m sorry if I repeat myself. The Apple store nearest me is at 1 hour and a half by car…
I did this already 2-3x with the M1 and M2. I actually tested two Macs at the same time haha (M2 Ultra vs. Pro), beacuse I had a script that ran 1-2mins
Some Apple store guys came by because they were curious, I told them what I was doing and they offered me a chair. If you are friendly it should work fine, let me know how it went
I am using Rhino WIP on an M1Ultra. What do you want to know?
Until this newest crop (2023) new Apple silicon, Apple’s GPUs weren’t offering hardware acceleration for raytracing so if that’s your object you need next year’s machine.