How to configure your business workstation for Lumion
Lumion-3D architecture visualization software allows you to create calculations of 3D models in record time due to a special rendering technology. Lumion 3D visualization program has an innovative menu navigation (Pure-Class technology), which does not require long familiarization or training. Plugins are available for AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, ArchiCAD and Autodesk 3ds Max. Do you want to work on larger and very complex projects with demanding geometry more easily and fluently? We configure the optimal business workstation for your individual Lumion application and offer you the possibility to put the system to the test with a test license for Lumion 12 via remote access. Contact us and arrange a free remote test. Following our hardware expertise:
The optimal processor for your Lumion workstation
Single threaded applications like Lumion-3D benefit more from a higher CPU frequency than from many CPU cores. A business workstation with an Intel Xeon 6-core processor of the E- or W-Seire starting at 3.5 GHz is sufficient to achieve very good rendering results with Lumion-3D. Both many processor cores and high clock speeds will improve your rendering speeds. If you are busy with photo editing, graphic design or 3D video editing in parallel, a high clock rate and many CPU cores is the better option. Pay attention to the number of threads. The higher the number of threads, the faster multiple applications can run simultaneously. We can recommend the following processors for Lumion 12: Intel Xeon E5-1650 V4 with 6 cores and 4.00 max GHz, Intel Xeon W-2133 with 6 cores and 3.90 GHz max, alternatively an Intel i7 9700 with 8 cores, 8 threads and 4.7GHz max, Intel i9-10900X with 10 cores, 20 threads and 4.5Ghz max. From AMD, we can recommend the very powerful Ryzen ThreadRipper PRO 3955WX with 16 cores, 32 threads and max. 4.3GHz.
The right memory for Lumion 12
If you create and edit simple 3D scenes in Lumion, we recommend 32GB RAM. However, if large complex scenes are used, we perspectively advise to use 64GB RAM, DDR 4 with a high clock rate of at least 2133MHz. Business workstations have 8-16 memory banks, a subsequent upgrade is possible without any problems. Pay careful attention to the optimal buffering of the RAM modules in Quad Channel mode. We recommend the use of RAM with ECC support (Error Correction Code). ECC RAM is able to detect and correct memory errors automatically, system crashes are avoided.
The optimal graficcard for Lumion 12
The performance of your graphics card influences the speed of real-time virtualization and rendering in Lumion 3D. If you use your business workstation exclusively for Lumion 3D, NVIDIA Geforce graphics cards are a very good choice. NVIDIA graphics cards of the Quadro series are optimized for highest detail, finest lines of your 3D models are rendered with exactly the right distances. There are no staircase effects. NVIDIA Quadro cards are built to last. Only high-quality components (bearings and fans) are used. Quadro graphics card types score with pixel accuracy and a life cycle of 3-5 years. Quadro cards are very powerful as soon as they have to deal with very complex 3D models. Lumion works like most architecture programs with straight lines, for standard architecture NVIDIA Geforce graphics cards are a real alternative. NVIDIA Geforce graphics cards are optimized for fast frame rates (frames per second). Most architecture CAD programs work smoothly with the Geforce series. The price-performance ratio of Geforce graphics cards is much better compared to the Quadro series. For standard 2D and 3D models in architecture, we can recommend NVIDIA graphics cards of the Geforce series without hesitation. If you focus on a detailed representation of the smallest elements in your complex 3D models, we advise an NVIDIA graphics card of the Quadro series. For starters, an NVIDIA Quadro P4000 with 8GB of DDR6 or a NVIDIA Geforce 2060 with 6GB graphics card memory is suitable. To edit footage in 4K resolution, you'll need at least 8GB of graphics card memory. We recommend an NVIDIA RTX A4000 with 8GB and with error correction code (ECC), NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM or an NVIDIA Geforce RTX3060 with 3584 CUDA cores and 12GB GDDR6 VRAM to achieve top-notch rendering results. Update the graphics card driver at regular intervals. With the Direct X diagnostic program you can display the data of your current graphics card. To do this, enter DXDIAG in the Windows search bar.
The right hard disk configuration for Lumion
The bottleneck for fast renderings is more likely to be the CPU and GPU. The data transfer rate of your hard drives can be another potential bottleneck as your hard drive transfers the data to the rendering engines for processing. We recommend using M.2 SSDs as boot drives for your operating system and CAD programs and storing the current project data on a second S-ATA SSD. We offer our business workstation optionally with new Samsung M.2 NVME and S-ATTA SSDs. Samsung SSDs convince with durability, stability and fast read and write accesses.