August 20, 2013, 04:52:02 am
Thanks for your interest in Lumion.
1. LUMION 3: Minimum hardware requirements:LUMION 3: Minimum hardware requirements
2. Lumion Web Site: Specifications:Lumion Web Site: Specifications
3. Passmark: Videocard BenchmarksPassmark: Videocard Benchmarks
The key hardware item is the GPU. Laptop/mobile GPUs have less power than desktop counterparts to meet mobile requirements, so the most powerful GPU you can afford, the better.
Note NVIDIA GTX based GPU's tend to work better for various reasons with Lumion.
The GPU compares in terms of specs (cores etc) to a desktop GTX 660 - so its middle of road (at most), even though it's the new 700 series. You might want to check out any GTX 680M/680MX based laptops or 780M's.
If there's an option to consider of desktop then $ for performance, that's still preferred.
If you look at the Passmark, it has a score of 2780, and then compare that to our suggested guidelines of min specs. The Passmark for a GTX 660 for comparison is 4116.
If the hardware and drivers are all good, then Lumion should run without issue. What may limit/prevent a user from achieving results though, will be the size of the scene, content, effects that all make up the complexity of the scene and stress the PC's ability to cope. We have users with Titans and are pushing the limits. There are however guidelines to help manage scenes for things like render performance and time to render.
We also have plenty of users using laptops, and not all the newest and achieving great results.
If not done so, please also search the forum for other topics on laptops and hardware.
A good CPU will also help when it comes to rendering and some other aspects of operating Lumion, more so to do with not being a bottleneck for GPU operations. The one mentioned is only a 2nd generation (Sandy Bridge) whereas (at least for desktop) 3rd gen Ivy Bridge in preferred to get the best out of the new 700 series GPU's. If you aim for a 3rd gen thats most likely going to escalate the cost as it involves the new series of CPU, motherboard and RAM config for such.The above are comments/suggestions only, and in no way offer or provide any recommendations.