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KLL

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Video Card Options
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:51:27 pm »
October 14, 2014, 09:51:27 pm
Hi Lumion.
I would like to know if possible which one of these options will be the best for LUMION.
(either one is amazing for the rest of my programs: REVIT, SketchUp, 3DS Max, Photoshop)
Options:
. 3x nvidia geforce gtx 980 4GB (12GB)
. 2x nvidia geforce gtx titan black 6GB (12GB)
. 2x nvidia geforce gtx 980 4GB (8GB)
. 1x nvidia geforce titan black 6GB
. 1x nvidia geforce gtx 980 4GB
. 1x AMD radeon r9 295x2 8GB
Do Lumion works in SLI..? or crossfire?
If not do you know if the nvidia geforce titan z 12GB will be a better option?
Thanks, I’m buying a pc from Maingear (I know is a little expensive but I don’t have the knowledge to go and buy all those components… so I need to go with this custom build option)

KLL

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 10:02:38 pm »
October 14, 2014, 10:02:38 pm
Sorry I found this:
http://forum.lumion3d.com/f-a-q/lumion-4-minimum-hardware-requirements/

so at the end if is going to be only one video card which one will be the best?
titan z, titan black, gtx 980 or the AMD r9 295x2 ...???

Pauldavis

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 11:16:44 pm »
October 14, 2014, 11:16:44 pm
The highest Lumion bench is from a GTX980. The titan will do fine too and most likely you wont notice a performance difference between the two. Make sure the rest of your system is all current products as well. You will want a motherboard that is PCI3. Otherwise you wont get much out of the high end video cards. Take a look at the benchmark section of the forum. You can see what people hardware people are running and what benchmarks they are getting.

KLL

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 11:56:51 pm »
October 14, 2014, 11:56:51 pm
... Thank you Paul ... !!

... and how about LUMION running in 4K screen...?


 :-D

Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 01:15:42 am »
October 15, 2014, 01:15:42 am
Hi KLL

Good, you have found the key forum topic to guide you.  Here's the key links to refer to:
1.  LUMION 4: Minimum hardware requirements.

2.  Lumion Web Site: Specifications.

3.  Passmark: Videocard Benchmarks.



re 4K screen resolution:
It will and I think we may have one or two users at that resolution, but it will slow down the FPS considerably.  You can work perfectly well in Lumion at lower resolutions.  Same as for games.

Here's a users feedback earlier in the year:
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..here are the frame rates for the basic Lumion 'Lake' scene using a Nvidia GTX 780 3GB graphics card and a Samsung UHD 28" 590D Monitor.

1600x900 = 143 fps
1920x1080 = 137 fps
2560x1440 = 91 fps
3840 x 2160 = 46 fps

At the moment I'm using a resolution of 1920x1080 - which is the same resolution I was using with my older Samsung 27" SA950, but the image quality is way, way sharper..

Which product of Lumion will you get, Lumion or Lumion Pro?

KLL

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 01:34:01 am »
October 15, 2014, 01:34:01 am
... thank you Peterm.
I'm going to get LUMION PRO.
and for that reason is that I need to know which video card is the best to run with a 4K monitor.
I will be spending a lot of money, so is important to be sure and right about all components.
In my company we use Revit, 3dsmax, photoshop. and we are planning to get LUMION.

so do you think will be better for Lumion in a 4k monitor:
1 - nvidia gtx 980
2 - titan black
3 - titan z
4 - amd radeon r9 295x2

I searched about the last one and almost in every site they said that is the best of the best....

thanks.
:)

Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 02:33:38 am »
October 15, 2014, 02:33:38 am
Hi

Please research online with PC GPU reviews which card best supports 4K.

In regard Lumion running under 4K resolution, as previously, there will be a big impact on FPS.  The final FPS you get will depend on the complexity and detail in the scene.  The previous post at least gives you a guide as to change in FPS.

You can generally work OK in Lumion in Build Mode with FPS ranging as low as 10FPS, but 20FPS or above does allow for better response time when placing or moving things around.  If things get slow, there are options in terms of editor settings to get some FPS back  ;).

Lumion does not support dual-chip cards such as the Titan Z or radeon r9 295x2.  It works on the one GPU so for Lumion the other GPU is redundant.

The GTX 980 has the highest Passmarks, but with 4GB VRAM.  The Titan Black does well in Passmarks but with 6GB VRAM.  The amount of VRAM that might be used is dependent on the complexity of the scene (re hardware requirements link), so you need to consider current visualization projects or opportunities along with a little bit of crystal ball gazing.  There are options that can be used in Lumion to manage texture demands for the GPU if needed, so more is always better, but not always required.

There is a price difference between the GTX 980 and the Titan Black.

Look forward to seeing you on board, let us know the PC you decide on and post a Benchmark once things are sorted  :).


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Caveat:  these comments are provided only to assist forum members in considering their options for purchasing hardware to use with Lumion.  They should in no way be considered as recommendations or qualified advice.

KLL

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 01:45:03 pm »
October 15, 2014, 01:45:03 pm
.. thank you Peterm.
very clear, Well as I am going with dual 4K monitors ….
2 gtx 980  are same price as one titan black
So to have one video card for monitor will be cool.
So I think I will go for the 2 Gtx 980
I understand is less VRAM but for now is ok...
Thanks again…


.... unless in the office they agree to go with 2x titan black ... we'll see ...

Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2014, 12:39:14 am »
October 16, 2014, 12:39:14 am
OK.

We do have a few users who run two cards, one for each monitor and can render Lumion on one whilst working on other stuff on the other.

Or the office might go for two 980 workstations.   :)

Let us know how you get on with the final decision and purchase, and post a benchmark or two.

Pauldavis

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2014, 01:35:27 am »
October 16, 2014, 01:35:27 am
I would pitch for two stations. Lumion is still chewing on a lot of ram while its doing its thing and working on other programs isn't as fast as normal. It can be a little buggy. You could build a second platform without the intention of rendering and get a GTX780 or something.

KLL

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Re: Video Card Options
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2014, 04:01:26 am »
October 16, 2014, 04:01:26 am
... thanks both of you again ... !!
... we will see ...

 ;)