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
In order to improve the viewport performance in Cinema 4D, it is often obvious to use a faster and larger GPU. We cannot confirm this statement. Cinema 4D primarily uses the CPU and RAM for its modeling tools. The use of two or more GPUs is not an option from our point of view, since Cinema 4D only uses a single graphics processor. The use of a graphics card with OpenGL support from 4.1 is completely sufficient. We recommend both NVIDIA Quadro cards and Geforce RTX cards. From a cost perspective, Nvidia's RTX cards are very appealing, but may not always be the better choice due to the lack of certification and occasional driver issues. For Cinema 4D, we recommend an NVIDIA Quadro RTX4000, Geforce RTX3060 or a Geforce RTX3070. If you use the Redshift plug-in, you will need significantly more graphics card memory. We recommend an NVIDIA Geforce RTX3080 or a Geforce RTX3090.