In July 2022, Graphisoft released the Technology Preview version of Archicad 26 for Apple silicon. The package was made available for public testing.
The Apple silicon native version will allow Archicad 26 to take full benefit of the Apple silicon architecture, delivering faster performance while consuming less energy. This article will provide some comparisons between running Archicad 26 natively onApple silicon and running Archicad through Rosetta 2.
For more information about support for Apple silicon, please check out this article.
Performance of Archicad 26 running natively on Apple silicon
For the benchmark tests, we used a Macbook Air (Late 2020) equipped with:
M1 processor with 8 CPU cores and 8 GPU cores
16GB of unified memory
500GB of SSD
Please note that this Macbook Air does not have a cooling fan. Under long heavy tasks, the chip will slow itself down as temperature rises (throttling behavior).
We performed the same sets of tests using two different Archicad versions on the same test machine mentioned above:
Archicad 26 3001 running through Rosetta 2 and
Archicad 26 Technology Preview running natively on Apple silicon.
The test files included:
A medium size office model with 3.2 million polygons (400MB PLN)
A stadium with 11 million polygons (2.7GB PLN)
A stadium with 21 million polygons (5.7GB PLN)
The graphs below show the performance improvements obtained during the tests, with results in the range of 28 to 55% increase in speed (baselines values from Archicad 26 3001 running through Rosetta 2)
Due to the nature of being a Technology Preview, please notice the following points:
This version only contains the Attribute palette. The final version (scheduled in Q4 2022) will include both the new Attribute palette and Attribute Manager, similar to the current Archicad 26 3001 release.
The rendering time through Cineware/Redshift may only increase marginally. We are investigating this issue.
Sketchup I/O format, 3DConnection space mouse is not yet available/supported, as well as add-ons for Archicad 26.
Keep in mind that this is a Technology Preview, therefore you may encounter some unexpected behaviors. Please reach out to your local support for further investigations, and be sure to mention that the issue happened with Archicad 26 Technology Preview for Apple silicon.
We are constantly running new tests, so stay tuned for updates on this article. Tests on M1 Pro and M1 Max will come shortly.