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Hi all

 

So this is my first (of probably many) questions i'll be asking in the future. I currently have R19 Studio and I do alot of title treatments and animate them. My computer does seem to chug along when doing final renders, I run C4D on an iMac i7 4.2 GHz with 32GB Ram and a Radeon Pro 580 8GB graphics card, now I know this isn't the best setup but I've been looking at the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box with whatever graphics card i could afford as a way of speeding up my render time. Has anyone had any experience with this external graphics card box with an iMac and if so please could you share your thoughts please.

Many thanks
Graham

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So in order for a GPU (internal or external) to affect rendering speed you need to be using a GPU renderer (Octane, Redshift, Cycles, ProRender etc.). If you are currently using the Standard of Physical Renderer then adding a GPU of any kind will not affect rendering speed. It is also worth mentioning that most GPU renderers (with the exception of Cycles and ProRender) only work with Nvidia Cards. As it stands it requires a bit of work to get an external Nvidia GPU to work on a mac. I would also caution you about ProRender, as its implementation is far from complete and at this point is not very usable. Hope that helps!

  --Shadd

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Hi Shadd

 

Thats extremely help, by the sounds of it I might of been wasting alot of money. I think I put my money into investing into a better spec PC for my 3D work. I see you mentions Redshift render engine. Do you use it? This is also something I've been looking to invest in.

 

Cheers

Graham

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