easy rendering for Rhino in Windows
What is the best bang for the buck graphics card for Rhino/Flamingo? I plan to purchase a computer mainly for Rhino/Flamingo with i5 processor but don't have a clue as to which graphics card to get. Are there any graphics cards that don't perform well with Rhino/Flamingo.
Rhino doesn't need anything too fancy, so long as it has Opengl support. A mid range gaming class card works fine- I use an ATI 4670 which are available pretty cheap online these days. The graphics card is only used for the shaded render modes anyway, and doesn't have any effect when rendering.
Regarding your processor choice- I'm not sure an i5 is the best option (unless its the quad core 750), as my experience with Flamingo 2.0 is that it likes real cores over theoretical ones as with the 600 series i5's (which is a hyper-threaded dual core). For rending tasks I'd recommend either an i5 750 (full quad with turbo boost but no hyper-threading), or a low end i7. Alternatively an AMD Phenom quad or Hex core is a good bet for this type of work and might work out better value for money. I'd reccomend having a look at some bechmakrs, there arn't any I know of specifically for Flamingo, however there are loads based on rendering in Cinebench and I think scores in this should give a pretty good indication on how fast a system will be to render in Flamingo.
Hope that helps,
Thanks for your reply.
I ended up with an i5-760 based gaming machine with Nvidia GTX460 graphics card w/1Gb. This combination seems to be way faster and better than my old whimpy machine. Biggest difference is in rendering and Rhinocam simulation. With 4 Gb RAM I hope I won't run out of memory as I have a few times in the past.
Again thanks for your reply.