Which graphics card do you need?

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Poster: Morten
Article ID: 471
Posted: Fri 29 Jan 2016
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Which graphics card do you need?

  • Click here to find out which graphics card your PC has.
  • Click here to see how fast your graphics card is compared to other graphics cards.
  • Make sure to click here to check if your power supply is suitable for your graphics card.
WARNING: The power supplies of certain Dell & HP workstations will only work with the graphics card that they are delivered with (or low to medium-end graphics cards). You will often not be able to upgrade to high-end graphics cards like the GTX 1070, 1070 Ti, 1080, 1080 Ti and Titan Xp, so please contact Dell/HP before investing in a new graphics card.

  • DirectX 11 compatible.
  • Minimum 2,000 PassMark points.
  • Minimum 2GB dedicated graphics card memory. Rendering movies in 4K resolution (3840x2160) requires a minimum of 6GB dedicated graphics card memory.
The following guidelines describe which graphics card you will need based on the complexity of the scenes you expect to work on:

SIMPLE SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a small building/interior with limited details)
Minimum 2,000 PassMark points and 2GB graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11 compatible.

MODERATELY COMPLEX SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a moderately detailed office complex)
Minimum 6,000 PassMark points and 4GB graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11 compatible.

VERY COMPLEX SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a large park or part of a city)
Minimum 8,000 PassMark points and 6GB graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11 compatible. The CPU should have as high a GHz value as possible, ideally 4.0+ GHz.
Examples: Nvidia GTX 1060 (6 GB memory), Quadro K6000.

ULTRA COMPLEX SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a super detailed city, airport or stadium)
Minimum 10,000 PassMark points and 8GB+ graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11 compatible. The CPU should have as high a GHz value as possible, ideally 4.2+ GHz.
Examples: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB memory), Nvidia GTX Titan X (12 GB memory)


Multiple graphics cards (in Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire configuration) will not give you a performance boost in Lumion.

For those reasons, we recommend buying the fastest graphics card with a single GPU and as much on-board memory as you can afford. The Nvidia GTX Titan X (with 12 GB memory) and the GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB memory are currently the best choices.

Some of our users use 2 graphics cards connected to 2 different monitors. That way, you can use Lumion on 1 monitor/graphics card while the other monitor/graphics card is used for other applications. This sort of set-up tends to have a negligible impact on performance.

The framerate in Build mode can be adversely affected by your CPU, if it isn't fast enough to keep up with your graphics card, especially if you have a modern high-end graphics card.

The framerate in Build mode also depends on the monitor resolution. If you're only ever going to use Lumion at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels you will not need as powerful a graphics card as if you were to connect it to an external monitor with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels.

See Also:
 [dot] Blog Article: New graphics cards make it a great time to upgrade: [June 16 2016]
 [dot] Blog Article: Upgrading your Graphics Card for a better Lumion experience: [June 2 2016]

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