ThinkorSwim system requirements - Apple M1

corello

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Curious to hear people's experience with new Apple M1 Chip performance on ThinkorSwim despite it having to use Rosetta 2.

I am on the fencepost of buying a M1 Macbook Air for ThinkorSwim so want to make sure it performs well.

Thinking of getting base model Macbook Air + 16gb ram.

Thanks in advance!

@BenTen anyone you may know who has experience with ThinkorSwim on M1 Air or MBP?
 
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@corello Here are the TOS computer requirements: https://platform.thinkorswim.com/platform/index.html#!/system-requirements

You only need to meet the TOS requirements listed above. Anything beyond that will not provide any great benefit given that most operations occur on the TOS servers.

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SuryaKiranC

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@corello I use Last year Intel Version MBP 16' Specs below, as well as a Custom Build Dual Xeon, Server Board with 256GB RAM and Dual x M4000 (2 x 8GB) GPU.

That said, what I have found out is, TOS is and will continue to use Java AWT for GUI, Until it is completely re-written. What this means is, We can only use single Core, no matter how many core you have in the system. Modern OS (Windows/macOS and even Linux) are designed to select the best CPU core to run any application, so Multi core helps.

What is best for TOS is not more Cores, but more GHz per core. I would pick a CPU that can scale up to 5Ghz even if it only 4 Core over CPU that can only do 3.8 Ghz 10Core. I would honestly consider building a PC with AMD CPU. GPU isn't critical either, since all TOS do is a 2D Graphics. I haven't tried a M1 Mac yet, but I might soon, will let you know when I have more info.

-Surya

Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro16,1
Processor Name: 8-Core Intel Core i9
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 8
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 16 MB
Hyper-Threading Technology: Enabled
Memory: 32 GB
Boot ROM Version: 1037.147.4.0.0 (iBridge: 17.16.16610.0.0,0)
Hardware UUID: 2513B3D6-152A-59AE-8AE8-EDA951609B45
Activation Lock Status: Disabled
GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M (8GB)

 

rad14733

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Surprisingly, although I have two relatively powerful trading workstations I do most of my work and trading on a paltry 5 year old Dell Inspiron i3 upgraded to Windows 10 with 8G RAM and a 500G SDD, with 100mbs broadband... I can run one or two instances of TOS with multiple chart panels open and my fan NEVER runs... It also has Firefox and Google Chrome running 24/7 with 6 to 8 open tabs each... Waiting on the TOS servers is my only bottleneck, not my PC's or broadband... The only downside is that the laptop has lower graphics capabilities than I'd like but I manage just fine...

I'm an IT Consultant and I perform cleanup maintenance every weekend... I do not recommend using any Norton or McAfee products as they diminish performance more than they provide protection... I run the default Windows Security that comes with Windows 10 and am very diligent at being careful where I point my web browsers... I clean up more PC's that run the aforementioned commercial packages, by far... When I prep a new PC's for customers I remove the pre-installed trial security packages and insure that Windows Security has taken over protection... My actual trading workstations only run TOS...
 

barbaros

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Ah, I remember those Windows days of constant clean up and maintenance.

I think the high end x86 MBPros have GPU cooling issues. CPU is not taxed much with ToS but once the GPU starts getting utilized, fans get excited. I can hide ToS and hear alerts, meaning runs in the background, and fans calm down.
 

rad14733

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Ah, I remember those Windows days of constant clean up and maintenance.

I think the high end x86 MBPros have GPU cooling issues. CPU is not taxed much with ToS but once the GPU starts getting utilized, fans get excited. I can hide ToS and hear alerts, meaning runs in the background, and fans calm down.

I don't perform cleanups out of necessity, it's just force of habit - like changing underwear and brushing my teeth... But you'd be amazed at how some of my customers can muck up a computer without even trying... They never learn, no mater how much I reiterate things to them, but it keeps me in business...
 

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