V-Ray is a 3D rendering software that is compatible with most major digital content creation applications. These include Autodesk’s 3ds Max, Maya and Revit, Trimble’s SketchUp, McNeel’s Rhino, and Foundry’s Modo, Nuke and Katana. Safe to say you have a wide array of choices if you plan on using your computer for V-Ray.
It’s also available for Houdini, Unreal, Cinema 4D, Blender, and formZ.
V-Ray differs from other rendering solutions in that it includes both CPU and GPU+CPU hybrid rendering options. V-Ray renders using adaptive ray tracing technology and proprietary scene intelligence to create imagery that is indistinguishable from a photograph. It accurately calculates the distribution of light as well as the physical properties of any material.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation computer for V-Ray.
Why choose us?
Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.
We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.
Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for a computer for V-Ray.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
As with most, if not all, rendering software, V-Ray will use all the CPU power it can get. This means that frequency is less important than core count in a PC for V-Ray. To elaborate, a lower-clocked, higher core count CPU will see more benefit than one with a lesser core count but higher frequency.
CPU – Core Count
Since V-Ray is capable of using all the cores you can throw at it this would be the most important aspect when deciding on which CPU to get. Getting the CPU with the most cores possible that you can afford would be the way to go.
If your workflow includes GPU rendering as well you will have to give the GPU higher priority over the CPU in your budget. V-Ray can even leverage multi GPU’s so you should really get the best GPU configuration you can afford.
If you are only using your computer for V-Ray, and other CPU-based rendering we would recommend a good entry-level card. Some options would be a GTX 1650 Super or GTX 1660 Super.
Chaosgroup officially recommends 64GB RAM for V-Ray, so having enough RAM is obviously a high priority. The amount of RAM required would depend on the size of the scenes you work with but more is definitely better. Our Hydra workstations support up to 256GB RAM if you feel like spoiling yourself.
Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.
It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.
Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.
These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.
As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.
During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need.
Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.