So, what’s Cinema 4D?

If you found this page, them I’m sure you already know what Cinema 4D is, but just in case you don’t I’ll give you a quick explanation…. In a nutshell Cinema 4D

is a 3D modeling and animation application  that offers a whole stack of features and flexibility for pretty much anyone who needs to create jaw dropping still images of animation, including product visualization, architecture, illustration, games and more.

 

Choosing the best PC for your workflow – Start with the CPU

Cinema 4D is considered to be primarily a single-threaded application, meaning it processes one command at a time. For these types of application it’s all about top end clock speed. In short, more cores won’t help, here you are looking for a high frequency CPU. Currently the Intel i7-8700K delivers the best bank for your buck with a top speed of 4.7GHz and the option of overclocking for even more single-threaded awesomeness!

 

What graphics card is best for Cinema 4D?

Cinema 4D doesn’t need an overly powerful GPU. Many clients opt for a mid range gaming card when they are not looking to use GPU rendering.

If you are going to be rendering using other tools like, Redshift3D, Octane, VRAY RT on your workstation then your first choice is to go for either GeForce or Quadro. We are planning to cover the pros and cons of these cards in a future blog, so today we will keep it short and sweet.

You will want to go for Quadro if long term reliability and stability are key as they are designed to operate under heavy loads for extended periods of time as well as having more stable drivers. Also if you plan to use apps by AutoDesk (Revit/3ds Max/Maya) and Dassault Systemes (SOLIDWORKS) you will find they much prefer Quadro when giving support and updates.

 

I’m going to Render in Cinema 4D, what do I need to consider?

Cinema 4D is a CPU-based rendering engine that benefits from having access to lots of CPU cores. That means unlike in viewport rendering you will want more cores over just top end frequency speed. Dual CPU systems are ideal for rendering in 4D Cinema, with Quad CPU systems bringing even more performance boosts, abet at a large cost. You should also consider the complexity of your models and scenes that you will be rendering as this will have a large impact of the amount of RAM you will need. The renderer currently supports up to 64GB of RAM. Keep in mind if you are planning to use an alternative rendering engine like Furryball or Octane then your CPU will not come into play, it’s going to rely heavily on your GPU.

 

I’ve heard Xeon’s are better than Intel Core series CPUs for Cinema 4D, is this true?

In short no, Core i7 and i9 CPUs are more than capable of giving any single CPU Xeon based system a run for its money. However if you want multiple CPUs then Xeon is the way to go.

 

Right, how much RAM should I choose for my Cinema 4D workstation?

As mentioned earlier the complexity of your scenes are key here, the more complex they are the more RAM you will want. 16GB is fine for most users with 32GB for those looking to maximise their performance.

 

What about storage? I’ve heard SSDs are best for performance?

You certainly want to run your operating system and Cinema 4D itself from a solid state drive of some sort. SSDs are now considered entry level with the new NVMe M.2 drives delivering the very best performance for opening, saving and generally just working on your workstation.

 

A friend told me to get two or more GPUs, is she right?

As we have mentioned out of the box Cinema 4D performance doesn’t improve with more GPU power, however if you want to use those third party rendering tools, like the aforementioned Octane and Furryball then yeah, the more the merrier!

 

I still have some questions, where can I go to find out more?

Give us a call, click on LiveChat, or send us an email. Even if you have not yet decided which system builder you will be buying from we are more than happy to help.