Unlike the majority of 3D rendering software, Redshift is dependent on the GPU rather than the CPU. It’s a very flexible program, and it’s extremely fast as well. This doesn’t mean a good GPU is the only thing you need for a great PC for Redshift, though. Every component should work together to get the most out of the system as a whole.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Redshift.
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 PC for Redshift.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
While the CPU isn’t the main component in a PC for Redshift, it does affect certain processes. Scene loading times is one of these processes. It could also be important for you to consider the number of PCIe lanes supported by the CPU, as you may want to use more than one graphics card.
As always, you should think about the other programs you plan on using. Some programs, such as Cinema4D and 3DS Max, benefit from high CPU frequencies.
CPU – Core Count
A high core count is not necessary for Redshift, but might be a good decision depending on the other programs that are part of your workflow.
This is pure coincidence, but we’ve found that the CPUs on the market right now happen to reach the highest frequencies as well.
You probably won’t be using your PC for Redshift alone. As such, you should always thoroughly research the requirements of all the software you’ll be working with. Since this can be quite time consuming, we’d love to give you a free consultation to help you figure out your needs and spec out the ideal system for you.
The graphics card is by far the most important component in a specialised PC for Redshift. Nvidia’s latest generation of GPUs is a huge step up from the previous RTX2000 series of graphics cards, and they provide some great options for Redshift. The RTX3080 offers fantastic performance at a great price point, but the ultimate single card performance comes from the RTX3090.
Keep in mind as well that Redshift does benefit from multiple graphics cards. It’s a good idea to start off with a single strong graphics card, and to build in a case that has enough room for additional cards to be installed in the future.
Depending on your project, you may need more RAM than others, but in general, 32GB is a great starting point. This will be a good amount for most projects, and will also give you a good amount of headroom for multitasking.
Larger projects would benefit from 64GB RAM, and this would be a good idea to make your PC more future proof. We’d recommend installing RAM in dual channel, with 2 slots open for easy upgrades in the future.
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.