How to configure your workstation for Cinema 4D
The CAD program Cinema 4D is a 3D graphics software and was specially developed for complex visualizations and professional animations. The software impresses with reliability and an easy-to-use user interface. Cinema 4D is the perfect program for 3D artists, graphic designers and professionals from film and television. Below is our hardware recommendation for Cinema 4D. At the end of this page you will find our video about the calculation of Cinema DNG in Adobe Premiere.
The right Processor for Cinema 4D
If you use Cinema 4D mainly for 3D modeling we recommend a workstation with a high frequency CPU. Cinema 4D uses a maximum of two CPU cores for the creation and editing of 3D models. 3D modeling and animation are single threaded applications and therefore frequency bound. Business Cinema 4D workstations with higher CPU speeds offer significantly more performance. For this reason, focus on a high clock speed CPU with a moderate core count. For starters, an Intel Xeon 6 core server and workstation CPU E5-1650 v4 with six cores and 4.00 GHz in turbo boost or an Intel Xeon W-2125 with 4 cores and with 4.5GHz in turbo boost is suitable. A good alternative is an Intel i7 9700 with 8 cores and a clock rate of up to 4.7 GHz.
Unlike 3D modeling and animation, rendering is a multi-threaded application. The more CPU cores your system has for rendering, the faster the rendering tasks will complete. In addition to traditional CPU rendering, GPU rendering is supported by Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D uses all available cores of your business workstation exclusively for rendering. The rendering capabilities of Cinema 4D and CPU-based rendering engines such as Arnold, Keyshot, and V-Ray are very efficient when utilizing a CPU with many CPU cores. Business workstation with dual processors can be effective for pure rendering. Tend to have business workstation with dual processors lower clock rates. We recommend an Intel i9 10900X with 10 cores and a maximum of 4.5 GHz. A cheaper alternative would be 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2667 V4 with 8 cores and a maximum of 3.6 Ghz. AMD Ryzen Pro 3955XW with a maximum of 4.3GHz are more than just an alternative.
The right GPU for Cinema 4D
To improve viewport performance in Cinema 4D, it is often obvious to use a faster and larger GPU. Cinema 4D primarily uses the CPU and memory for its modeling tools. If you are not using rendering software, the use of two or more GPUs is not necessary because Cinema 4D uses only a single GPU. The use of a graphics card with OpenGL support from 4.1 is quite sufficient. If you use Redshift as a plugin for Cinema 4D you need a strong performance of the graphics card. Redshift is a GPU render software that supports the use of multiple graphics cards. For the use of more than two graphics cards we recommend multi-GPU systems, which are specialized for the use of many graphics cards. We can recommend both NVIDIA Quadro cards and Geforce RTX cards for Cinema 4D. From a cost perspective, NVIDIA's RTX series is very appealing, but may not always be the better choice due to the lack of certification and occasional driver issues. For simple projects, we recommend an NVIDIA Quadro RTX A2000 with 12GB or a Geforce RTX3060 with 12GB VRAM for Cinema 4D. If you use the Redshift plug-in, significantly more graphics card memory is required. We recommend one or more NVIDIA Geforce RTX3070Ti or one or more in SLI network Geforce RTX3080Ti. Alternatively, you can use an NVIDIA Quadro RTX A4000 with 16GB VRAM or a Quadro RTX A5000 with 24GB VRAM. Since the integration of a rendering engine (Radeon Pro Renderer) in 2017, AMD graphics cards, for example a Radeon Pro W6600 with 8GB for simple projects or a W6800 with 32GB VRAM graphics card memory for more complex tasks are a real alternative for Cinema 4D. Update the graphics card driver at regular intervals.