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enrique Royo
01-16-2006, 01:39 PM
Hello, I'm very interested in making 3d photorealism of the highest quality. i intend to make Din A-3 size at 300 dpi, and i'd like to know which hardware is the best we can afford to make this renders as quick as possible with lightwave. It's very important for us to get to make a render within 1 hour or so. could anyone help me??? please. thanks

Captain Obvious
01-16-2006, 03:55 PM
Uh... Fprime!

Celshader
01-16-2006, 04:31 PM
Hello, I'm very interested in making 3d photorealism of the highest quality. i intend to make Din A-3 size at 300 dpi, and i'd like to know which hardware is the best we can afford to make this renders as quick as possible with lightwave. It's very important for us to get to make a render within 1 hour or so. could anyone help me??? please. thanks

This page of LightWave benchmarks might help you make your decision:
http://www.blanos.com/Benchmark/

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Me, I'd love an eight-core Opteron machine (http://www.boxxtech.com/products/apexx4_configurations.asp) if I could afford it. I can't afford it, though, so I'll settle for building a quad-core Opteron machine (http://www.digitalproducer.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=35560)...someday.

Captain Obvious
01-16-2006, 04:37 PM
Keep in mind that Lightwave ships with unlimited render nodes. If you can score a bunch of, say, 733MHz P3s (they're usually very cheap), it might be better bang for the buck than a single high-end machine. But if you go with the cluster approach, you'll also have to factor in the extra space it takes, as well as the higher electricity bill.

Celshader
01-16-2006, 04:52 PM
Captain Obvious has a good point -- it's often cheaper to get separate render machines than one mega-powerful machine.

Since you are looking at tackling immense print resolution projects, look into these plug-ins for splitting a single large frame across a render farm:

SplitRender (http://www.flay.com/GetDetail.cfm?ID=1641) (freeware, but hard to find)
RenderSplitter (http://www.flay.com/GetDetail.cfm?ID=1870)
LW Stripe (http://www.flay.com/GetDetail.cfm?ID=518)

mattclary
01-18-2006, 11:27 AM
As Cpt. Obvious said, get F-Prime. For the money, an AMD64 X2 processor is the best bang for the buck.

pixym
01-18-2006, 01:20 PM
Look at to this:
http://www.boxxtech.com/products/Apexx4.asp

Captain Obvious
01-18-2006, 01:24 PM
That one is, uh, a bit pricey.