Best Blender Configuration for Apple M1 Max

Hi Guys,
New to the forum and new to Blender.
I am running Blender 3.2.2 on a MacBook Pro M1 Max , 32 GPU, 64G mem .
I have had experience with 3D Studio many many years ago (27 actually) but decided to jump back in with Blender and see if I can jump start the creative animal again.

I was wondering if there are any specific settings in Blender that will take advantage of the M1 Max chipset and GPUs. Donut render at 256 setting took about 12 sec a frame.
not sure how that relates to everyone else.

Thank you for any help in advance.


Welcome to the forum Will.

First, for settings I would make sure you are using the ARM version of Blender
Second, I would make sure you have the GPU setting turned on in the preference pull down.

Not too much beyond that for performance; other settings are mainly personal preferences.

Fill free to join the M series Mac and Blender discussion over in the thread below. :smiley:
We discuss all things Mac and Blender with some other 3D DCCs Mac discussion.

Fell free to start at the top but the last 100 ish post will get you up to speed well enough.

So I understand, do I use the Intel or apple Silicon?
Apple M1 Max:

Chipset Model: Apple M1 Max
Type: GPU
Bus: Built-In
Total Number of Cores: 32
Vendor: Apple (0x106b)
Metal Family: Supported, Metal GPUFamily Apple 7


Use the Apple Silicon version. It’s made especially for the M series Macs.

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Thank you


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