Let’s get down into some techy chat!
Here’s a pretty nice photo-real render I recently created via SketchUp and V-Ray. I’m doing A LOT of testing at the minute in preparation for my new 3D courses on the SketchUp Hub which will include photo-real rendering (V-Ray). So I’m trying to establish a benchmark in terms of render time and hardware requirements.
This scene was rendered in one hour using my custom built PC. It has a dual Xeon processor (5 years old), and has a NVIDIA graphics card with 64GB of RAM. It’s a pretty impressive system.
I decided to render the same scene using my MacBook Pro i5 with 8GB of RAM and an Intel Iris graphics card. It took 7 hours. I was hoping for between 3-5 but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
I’m going to purchase a better spec laptop to do more tests because realistically, if my target audience is serious about creating high quality renders using V-Ray, I need to educate them when it comes to the sufficient spec. I always knew an i7 was the starting point anyway, but obviously you need to build the rest of the spec around this. I’m veering towards the DELL XPS 17 with the i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. This system also has a vapor chamber to enhance performance: something that’s crucial for rendering activities.
My question is this: is my custom built PC with dual Xeon processors comparable to the performance of this current XPS model? Will it achieve the same render times?
All opinions gratefully received!