BLENDER Running on the NEW M1 Macs (CPU & RAM Usage, Thermals, Rendering, Performance)

By Created Tech

A common request from many people is to see the performance of M1 on Blender. I’m happy that even with Rosetta 2, there are no issues at all!

In this video, I download some test files and put the Mac through it’s paces. First up? A speedtest from my home network where we can see how fast data moves between me and other devices on our own little broadband empire — who knew there were so many competing ISPs out there?! Next came opening up OneDrive in FileVault before rendering a few different 3D scenes that take varying amounts of time depending what type they are (more complex ones tend to be longer). And finally after all those tests had been completed for 10 minutes or more at once while still doing some light internet research along the way too just because why not ;), here’s proof:

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00:00 Introduction
01:30 Opening Splash Screen Demo Scene
03:23 Sky Demo Scene
04:07 CPU and RAM usage during CPU Intensive Render
05:07 Cloth Internal Air Pressure Demo Scene
05:33 CPU and RAM Usage During Use (Multitasking Possible)
06:00 Restaurant Animation Demo
07:49 Rendering a 100 Frame GPU Intensive Animation
09:32 Thermal Performance of the MacBook Air During 30 min Render
10:18 RAM and CPU Usage During 30 min GPU Intensive Render

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