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:
If you use C4D mainly for 3D modeling we recommend a workstation with a high frequency CPU. Cinema 4D uses two cores. 3D modeling and animation are single-thread applications and therefore frequency-bound. C4D workstations with higher CPU speeds offer significantly more performance. For this reason, we recommend using a workstation with fewer cores and higher clock rates. An Intel Xeon Server and Workstation CPU E5-1630 V3 with four cores and 3.7GHz or 1650 V3 with six cores and 3.5GHZ is suitable as entry level.
Unlike 3D modeling and animation, rendering is a multi-thread application. The more CPU cores your system has for rendering, the faster the rendering tasks will be completed. In addition to traditional CPU rendering, GPU rendering is supported by Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D uses all usable cores of your workstation exclusively for rendering. Optimum results are achieved with an Intel Xeon 10-Core E5-2690 V2 with 3.0 GHz.
One or two GPUs?
In order to improve the viewport performance of Cinema 4D, it often makes sense to use a faster and larger GPU. We cannot confirm this statement. Cinema 4D primarily uses the CPU and memory for its modeling tools. The use of 2 or more GPUs is from our point of view not an option, as Cinema 4D uses only one graphics processor. The use of a graphics card with OpenGL support from 4.1 is completely sufficient. We recommend nVidia Quadro cards as well as Geforce GTX cards. From a cost point of view, the GTX cards from Nvidia are very attractive, but don't always have to be the better choice due to the lack of certification and isolated driver problems.
The use of an SSD is highly recommended. Accelerated data access significantly improves performance. For Cinema 4D we recommend to install the operating system and the programs on a M.2 SSD and to save your projects on a second powerful SSD if this data is not secured by a server.