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Recommended Systems for CPU-Based Rendering





Also great for:

  • Arnold
  • Solidworks Photoscan 360
  • Autodesk Scanline
  • Autodesk Raytracer (ART)
  • Corona Renderer
  • Any other CPU-based rendering engine

Single CPU


Compact workstation

  • Intel Core i7 CPU
    (up to 10 cores)
  • Supports up to 256GB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro video card

Dual CPU


Maximum Rendering Performance

  • Dual Intel Xeon E5 CPUs
    (up to 44 cores)
  • Supports up to 512GB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro video card

Which system is right for you?

There are so many different models, brands, and revisions of hardware that choosing the right components for your system can be a huge challenge. We've taken the time to perform in-depth analysis to determine exactly what kind of hardware will give you the best possible performance when using a CPU-based rendering engine. This ensures that you will be getting a system that has all the capabilities you need without spending money on components that will not be beneficial.

Single CPU System

CPU-based rendering engines can be very demanding on your system and respond extremely well to having a more powerful CPU. Due to the high hardware requirements for optimal performance, our single CPU system offers Intel's "High End" desktop processors with anywhere from 6 to 10 CPU cores. This high number of cores allows them to complete renders anywhere from 30% to twice as fast as a standard quad-core CPU.

Just because this system is terrific for rendering, that doesn't mean it isn't also great for general 3d modeling. All of the CPU options on this system are able to Turbo to speeds up to 4.0GHz which makes this system a great compromise when you need excellent rendering performance, but also need the system to work well when working in 3D modeling applications such as 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema4D, AutoCAD, or SOLIDWORKS.

Dual CPU System

If you need the fastest render times possible, look no further than our dual CPU workstation with two Intel Xeon E5 V4 processors. Most rendering engines are highly effective at utilizing a larger number of CPU cores, and with anywhere from 20 to 44 cores, this workstation should be able to complete large renders roughly 2-3 times faster than our single CPU system.

This system is based on our Genesis II certified system and includes all of the features that come with that system including free 1-year Next Business Day Onsite Service + 24hr Help Desk support.

While not listed on the base configuration, with fairly minor tweaks this system can be capable of using up to four video cards if you use a mix of both CPU and GPU-based rendering engines. Simply let one of our consultants ( or 425.458.0273) know what you need and we will work with you to get you the system you need!


Looking for GPU-based rendering workstations?

View our recommended systems for GPU-Based Rendering Engines such as V-Ray RT, Octane, Iray, etc.


Want more detail on our testing methods and why we chose this hardware for our CPU-based rendering workstations? View our list of Recommended Hardware!

CPU Rendering Hardware Articles:

If you are configuring a system for rendering with a CPU-based engine, we have a number of articles regarding the hardware requirements for various rendering engines that you may be interested in:

Recommended Hardware for CPU-Based Rendering
Summary of what you need to know when choosing hardware for a CPU-based rendering workstation.

Mental Ray Multi Core Performance
How well does Mental Ray utilize a high number of CPU cores?

Keyshot Multi Core Performance
How well does Keyshot utilize a high number of CPU cores?

NVIDIA Iray CPU Scaling
Does having more CPU cores give you more performance in Iray?


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