How to configure your workstation for Blender 4.1


Blender is a professional, free open-source 3D CAD program for creating models, movies, animations and visual effects. With the integrated video editing program you can edit your video clips optimally. The integrated render engine "Cycles" supports CPU as well as GPU for your renderings. Starting with version 3.0. Blender has a new realtime render engine called Cycles X. With Cycles X, small animations can be created and edited in real time with little work. Would you like to work on larger and very complex projects with appealing geometry more easily and quickly? We configure the optimum business workstation for your individual Blender applications and offer you the opportunity to put the system to the test with a test licence for Blender via remote access. Contact us and arrange a free remote test. The current version: 4.1 Below is our expertise for Blender: 

Enterprise Workstation for Blender 4.1: Powerful and future-proof

Blender, as one of the leading open source 3D software programmes, places high demands on the hardware, especially when it comes to complex rendering tasks and large projects. An optimal workstation for Blender should therefore be carefully selected to ensure a smooth and efficient working environment. An ideal configuration for an enterprise workstation that meets the requirements of simple, medium and complex projects is presented below.

CPU (processor)
The processor plays a decisive role in the performance of Blender, especially when editing and rendering projects. We recommend the following for optimum performance:

  • Simple projects: An Intel Core i7 with a high clock speed. This CPU offers enough power for basic 3D modelling and simple renderings.
  • Medium projects: An Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 7. These processors offer more cores and threads, which shortens render times and allows for smoother processing.
  • Complex projects: An AMD Ryzen Threadripper or Intel Xeon W or Intel Xeon Gold as a dual CPU. These high-end processors offer an exceptional number of cores and threads, which are essential for extensive and computationally intensive rendering tasks.


RAM (main memory)
RAM directly affects Blender's ability to process and render large and complex scenes. We recommend the following configurations:

  • Simple projects: 32 GB RAM. This is sufficient for simple modelling tasks and smaller scenes.
  • Medium projects: 64 GB RAM. This provides sufficient memory for more detailed models and larger scenes.
  • Complex projects: 128 GB or more. For very large and detailed scenes or extensive animations, a high amount of RAM is required to avoid delays and speed up processing.


GPU (graphics card)
The graphics card is crucial for real-time rendering and the display of complex scenes in Blender. The choice of GPU should correspond to the project requirements:

  • Simple projects: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060Ti or Nvidia Quadro RTX 4000, these GPUs offer solid performance for basic rendering tasks and modelling.
  • Medium projects: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Super or Nvidia Quadro 2000 ADA. These graphics cards deliver excellent performance for detailed renderings and real-time visualisations.
  • Complex projects: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 or Nvidia Quadro 4000 ADA. These high-end GPUs are the best choice for the most demanding rendering tasks and extremely complex scenes. The use of two graphics cards reduces rendering times in Blender 4.1 by 50%.

Hard disks (storage)
Storage capacity and speed are also critical factors that influence the performance of Blender:

Simple projects: 1 TB NMVe SSD. An NVMe SSD offers the fasted loading times and quick access to files, which increases productivity.
Medium projects: 1-2 TB NVMe SSD and an additional 2-4 TB HDD. The NVMe SSD ensures fast working files, while the HDD provides sufficient storage space for extensive project data.
Complex projects: 2 TB NVMe SSD and additional 4-8 TB HDD. NVMe SSDs offer the fastest read and write speeds required for large and complex projects. The HDD serves as mass storage for large data and backups.

Our conclusion

An enterprise workstation for Blender should be carefully tailored to the specific project requirements. While simple projects can get by with moderate hardware requirements, medium and complex projects require significantly more powerful equipment. With the right combination of CPU, RAM, GPU and hard drives, a workstation for Blender can maximise efficiency and productivity, regardless of the complexity of the tasks. We recommend the following performance workstation for Blender 4.1 below. We are able to offer both new and refresh (at least two new components) and excellent refurbished business workstations. Ask for a non-binding offer. 

 

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