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Yoda: "I am wondering, why are you here?"

Luke Skywalker: "I'm looking for someone."

Yoda: "Looking? Found someone, you have, I would say, hmmm?"

Luke Skywalker: "Right..."

Yoda: "Help you I can. Yes, mmmm."

Luke Skywalker: "I don't think so. I'm looking for a great warrior."

Yoda: "Ohhh! Great warrior!" (Laughs and shakes his head).

"Wars not make one great!"

Where will you go today?

BOOK Meanwhile, the starship has landed on the surface of Magrathea and Trillian is about to make one of the most important statements of her life. Its importance is not immediately recognised by her companions.
TRILL. Hey, my white mice have escaped.
ZAPHOD Nuts to your white mice.

Hardware Choices for Blender

Blender can use gpus above NVIDIA GTX 400 series to increase rendering times. See GPU rendering. Here is a benchmark list of various cpu and gpu configurations. Used this blend as the basis.

This page analyses the results, and shows that multiple gpus render faster. However, there is a bit of a loss. Two gpu cards will render 1.6 times faster than a single card. Not twice as fast.

But when a really fast cpu takes a few minutes what a good video card can do in 26 seconds (or even 19!), it becomes well worth getting the better card.

Quattro cards render slower, but they display the scene better.

One posting said “I wouldn't rely on anything below a x60 GTX for GPU rendering… I wouldn't consider anything below a GTX 760…”

Taking a look at the above spreadsheet, I found these ones to stand out:

GeForce GTX 590 30-50 secs $400 eBay
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 90 secs $150
GeForce GTX 780 30 secs $400
GeForce GTX 770 45 secs $329.99
GeForce GTX 760 60 secs $230
Radeon HD (not supported) $120
Quadro K4000 90-180 secs $3000
Quadro K2000 210 secs $1200
Quadro K600 no tested $130

Don't go just by the numbers. There are bottlenecks to consider, as well as what you are doing.

For CPUs, I found the following:

  • Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.40GHz 9973 $289.98
    • Does not overclock
  • Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GH 10273 $315.95
    • 1 to 2 to 3 mins on blender
    • Look for the “K” as this means it can be overclocked
    • faster renders, cooler (84W), still need aftermark cooler
    • Someone mentioned they got the “Cooler Master 212 Evo. Also got some Arctic Silver compound. Full load, nothing gets about 55 C at 4.0GHz”
  • AMD FX 8320 3.5Ghz - 8000 $160
    • 2 to 3 to 5 mins on blender
    • hoter (160W), more cores (better for vms, worse for single thread programs)
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz 69W 8894 $230
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230 v3 @ 3.30GHz 90W 9558
    • 2-4 mins on blender test

My thoughts: buy a intel i7-4770k (make sure of the *k*), and pair it with some 560/670/770s, or a single 590. Wait for march for prices to drop.

Could instead get the amd fx 8320, and use the saved money on a better graphics card.

Do not get a quadro. It speeds up working with an item, but it has slow rendering abilities.

Also note that while multiple cards are faster, two cards will increase the speed by 1.6 times, not 2.

art/blender/hardware.txt · Last modified: Jan 12, 2014 (5 years ago) by Matt Bagley