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Author Topic: Suggestion for Upgrade  (Read 2843 times)


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Suggestion for Upgrade
« on: August 20, 2013, 10:10:55 am »
August 20, 2013, 10:10:55 am
I would like to upgrade my desktop so that it can render lumion movie properly.
As of now, my specs have rendered the example file (the bathroom one) in five minutes.

Here are my current specs:
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E4300 @ 1.80GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB

I'm planning it to upgrade my GPU to:

can i use lumion properly with the upgrade?

Re: Suggestion for Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2013, 10:52:54 am »
August 20, 2013, 10:52:54 am

Please see:
1.  LUMION 3: Minimum hardware requirements:
LUMION 3: Minimum hardware requirements

2.  Lumion Web Site: Specifications:
Lumion Web Site: Specifications

3.  Passmark: Videocard Benchmarks
Passmark: Videocard Benchmarks

Here's a topic today, on laptops but also about hardware suitable for Lumion: Laptop Specs.  If not done so, please also search the forum for other topics on laptops and hardware.

can i use lumion properly with the upgrade?
This would depend very much on how you would define "properly".  That is, what are your expectations in terms of types of projects/scenes, size/areas of scenes, amount of detail required in the scene, speed of rendering, level of quality, what is the client base, likely timeframes and architectural visualization demands, and, what is your architectural pipeline, etc?

Your current GPU has a Passmark of 115.  Minimum for a very basic scene is 1500.  A GTX 650 only has 1831.  You would only be able to work with very basic scenes.  The GTX 650 only has 384 cores compared to something like a GTX 680 with 1536 or GTX 780 with 2304.

What is also very important is the amount of VRAM for the card.  The more the better, as this lets Lumion pass more texturing and other data, allowing for larger scenes and faster performance.

If I recall, the bathroom scene is from a Lumion 2 version.  Lumion 3 requires more PC performance than v2 due to features such as GI and Reflection Planes etc.

You are considering no change to the rest of the PC specs.  This will also severely limit your use of Lumion.

In very general terms, get the fastest new PC you have a budget for (after allowing for the purchase of Lumion  :)).  In preference extend the budget to not limit you in ending up with a lower PC performance that has limited or no commercial life.
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