Does the new MacBook Air M2 with 8-core GPU and 8 GB of RAM meet the requirements to run 3D Slicer smoothly?
Yes, in my experience for routine Slicer tasks it works well.
There have been some reports of issues using the scissors tool in the Segment Editor module on Apple Silicon based machines.
I haven’t been able to reproduce the reported slowdowns on the M2 mac air, even with the scene provided by @sannpeterson. It would be good to hear what experience other people are having. It’s possible that an OS update fixed some issue or other.
(apologies for the slightly off-topic question, but I’m hoping M1 and M2 users could chime in…)
@pieper, have you done any volume rendering on an M1 or M2 Mac? I’m curious about the “unified” CPU and GPU ram, and how that’s handled with large datasets.
@hherhold I haven’t done extensive testing, but it seems pretty good for a lightweight laptop. If I use the CTACardio sample data I notice some slowdown if I maximize the 3D view.
Hmm, sounds good. (Always thinking of the next computer.)
For comparison, my 3 year old mac pro with AMD Radeon Pro W5700X 16 GB doesn’t show much slowdown for the same data on a 4k monitor (of course the mac pro is like 100 times bigger!)
Yeah, my 2019 MBP 16" with AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8 GB still does quite well. A little concerned over the loss of a discrete GPU in the new Macs.
But that’s a problem for another day
You think if I do segmentation of cerebral arteries and veins I will face a slowdown?
I don’t know - if you know of a sample dataset of comparable complexity then people could try on various machines and compare results.