Redshift is a powerful GPU-based 3D renderer that has been developed mainly for the requirements of high-end production rendering. Due to the significantly shortened render times, you are able to use special effects in your animations. Plugins for the following CAD applications are available: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DS Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini and Katana.
The CPU plays only a minor role in Redshift. A faster processor can load scene data faster, but does not affect the speed of its rendering. If you also use the workstation for modeling or animation, we recommend an Intel Xeon Six Core CPU with high clock frequency from 3 GHz.
Since Redshift uses the memory (VRAM) of the GPU for the renderings, you could neglect the actual RAM. A fallacy - We recommend using at least 32 GB for your rendering workstation. If you are running several CAD applications in parallel, such as Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3DS Max or Cinema 4D, we recommend using 64 GB RAM.
Bottle neck GPU Quadro ./. Geforce
NVidia Quadro cards offer you up to twice as much VRAM as NVidia Geforce graphics cards. The VRAM is responsible for the resolution and detail of your scene images. NVidia Quadro graphics cards are designed for long-term operation under high load. nVidia Geforce graphics cards have a good raw performance with sufficient video memory and are usually offered many times cheaper. Several graphics cards are scaled very well in Redshift and the rendering performance is significantly improved. In Redshift you are able to combine Quadro and Geforce graphics cards. Some users need a certified primary nVidia Quadro graphics card due to the hardware requirements of other CAD applications, but want to improve rendering performance with a second lower cost nVidia Geforce graphics card. Please note that due to different graphics card architectures and versions, errors may occur under certain circumstances.
Hard Drive Comparison HDD ./. SSD
The main difference between hard disks and SSDs is the technology responsible for starting and loading programs and data. HDDs have a proven technology and are many times cheaper than an SSD with the same storage space. The retrieval of the data takes considerably more time due to the mechanics and HDDS consume more energy than comparable SSDs. Solid state drives are characterized by faster start and load times, consume significantly less energy, have a longer service life and do not generate much heat.