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Best computer for Archicad and Twin Motion?


Hey guys,

I am on the journey of finding the best computer to run these two programs. I have my eye on this mac studio. Here are the specs:

Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine

64GB unified memory

512GB SSD storage

Is mac any good with this software? Would love to know what you guys think.



Karl Ottenstein

The Studio should be excellent.  The needs of Archicad and TwinMotion are quite different... with TwinMotion relying almost entirely on the GPU.  While Archicad will run in Intel emulation mode (Rosetta 2) for all versions prior to 26... at some point, we were told in a post here, 26 will run natively on Apple chips... a "Preview" version allegedly to be made available later in the year.  (26 is not even announced yet as of this writing.)

TwinMotion requires a machine not only with a serious graphics card - which the Apple ARM GPU basically is - but with a serious cooling system as the machine will run quite hot when in TwinMotion.  Again, the Studio should be excellent for that - other than that Epic does not fully support TwinMotion on Apple silicone yet.  Some here have posted that TwinMotion runs fine for them though (Rosetta 2), so perhaps worth more investigation.  This is thread discusses compatibility:


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AC 26 USA and earlier   •   macOS Ventura 13.4, MacBook Pro M2 Max 12CPU/30GPU cores, 32GB

As far as I know, path tracing doesn´t work in Apple yet, and I would consider it important, as it improves twinmotion visual quality a lot. I don´t know if it´s coming soon  🤔

Windows 10


As Archicad can run on both windows and Mac without major differences, i think its not the software that should dictate your choice of a new computer/OS. If rendering is something that you want/need to dabble with, don`t go for a mac. Cooling, hardware limitation and the flexibility for future options is quite limited. I heard (cause i didn`t have a change to test ) that M1/M2 are powerful, but i don`t think they will be the most supported hardware for game engines/render engines. Besides that...if you will ever try to at least test another software besides Archicad/twinmotion you will be surprised that a lot of up and coming softwares are not working on Mac.  I would only pick a mac for portability, but for a desktop setup, i would always go PC.


All things considered, you know better what suits your workflow. 

Archicad 23/25 NL , MacOS 12.6

You need NVIDIA card to enable path tracer (i.e. gpu global illumination) in Twinmotion, which is the critical factor to me when choosing which computer system to use. You may want to run Archicad and Twinmotion on same computer, so Mac is a no-go (for me), although I recently purchased the M1 max laptop….

MacBook Pro (16 inch, 2021) Apple M1 Max 64GB macOS Monterey Archicad 26


Did you end up purchasing this? I am looking at a similar setup but debating 32 vs. 24-core GPU and 32GB vs 64GB memory. Curious as to how it's working for you.

ArchiCAD: AC26, Version 4024 USA Full (Apple Silicon)
Computer: 2022 Apple M1 Max, 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, 64 GB memory

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