To configure your workstation for Rhinoceros 3D
With the user-friendly 3D design software Rhinoceros, short for Rhino 3D, you are able to model any 3D body. The program offers you compatibility with many other drawing, mechanical engineering and design programs. Rhinoceros 3D is a cost-effective CAD program for architects, designers and product designers.
High Speed Processor
Rhino 3D uses a maximum of 1-2 cores of its CPU for the development and construction process. We recommend using a workstation with an Intel Xeon 6- or 8-Core with a high clock frequency from 3 GHz. For 3D renderings, Rhino uses all available CPU cores. A multi-core-capable rendering engine such as V-Ray is often used for modelling or virtualisation. For this purpose, we recommend a workstation with a DUAL CPU, for example 2 x Intel Xeon E5- 2667 V4 with 8 cores and 3.2 GHz each, alternatively an Intel i9 10-Core with maximum 4.5 GHz in Turbo-Boost.
We cannot share the minimum recommendation of the manufacturer to use 8GB RAM. For simple construction 16 GB RAM are completely sufficient. If you model large scenes we recommend 32 GB. For demanding 3D renderings we suggest 64 GB RAM. You can display the utilization of the working memory at any time using the task manager under the menu *Performance*.
The perfect graphics card
We recommend that you use as much graphics card memory as your budget allows. Powerful graphics cards are able to render more complex models more fluidly by reducing or completely eliminating display delays (jerking). The display has been improved in version 6. Rendering applications in Rhino 6 use GPU acceleration and the integrated Cycles Raytrace renderer can be configured for GPU acceleration. V-Ray for Rhino 6 provides features specifically designed to take advantage of Nvidia CUDA core acceleration.We can recommend a Nvidia Quadro P2000 with 1024 Cuda cores, 5GB and Open GL 4.5 and DirectX12 as a good price-performance ratio. As a high-end graphics card, we recommend an NVIDIA Quadro P5000, NVIDIA Quadro RTX4000 with 2,304 parallel CUDA processing units or RTX5000 with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM. Alternatively, you can use low-cost AMD graphics cards from the Radeon Pro XW series. AMD graphics cards require an adjustment of certain Rhino settings. Please do not rely on benchmark test results. Benchmarks do not test the graphics processor under real conditions and are therefore unsuitable as a benchmark. Please always use the latest graphics card driver for Rhino. NVIDIA and AMD provide graphics card driver updates at regular periods.
The right hard disk power
The use of solid state hard disks has proven to be the standard. SSD stands for fast data access, ideally you use SSDs with new NVME technology. We recommend M.2 SSDs, which can access the operating system and their programs up to 6 times faster than conventional S-ATA SSDs via a PCIe interface. We recommend that you use a local SSD to save your current projects that you are working on. If you store current projects on a server and access your data via a slow network connection, there will be a significant loss of speed.