Octane Render is a real-time 3D unbiased rendering application that runs exclusively on NVIDIA's CUDA technology. It is the first GPU-based unbiased renderer to be released to the public and it uses the graphics card(s) to calculate all measures of light, reflection and refraction.
As Octane does not use the CPU for rendering, a CPU with a high core count is not required. However, a fast multi-core CPU will significantly improve the scene loading speed. Therefore we recommend a processor with 4 to 6 cores.
In general, 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core is recommended. For example, if you select a single 12-core processor, 32GB will suffice for basic tasks or 64GB for more demanding workloads.
We recommend a solid-state drive (SSD) for the operating system and software.
In addition, we recommend a 4TB or larger hard drive for storage of the pre-rendered assets or the rendered export files if storing these files locally. Hard drives work well for rendering since it is generally not read or write intensive.
Octane Render can run on most CUDA enabled consumer video cards, instead of only on high-end Quadro cards that most other solutions and middleware require. We recommend dual NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, which currently offers the best performance to price ratio, but any recent high end NVIDIA card will offer great rendering performance with Octane.
Multiple GPUs will increase the performance of the application linearly. For example, two cards with provide double the performance of one card. The GPUs do not need to be of the same type.
The Z840 is recommended if you require dual processors or dual high performance graphics cards. The Z840 can support up to 6 hard drives or 10 SSDs.
The Z640 is recommended if you require a single high-end processor or single high-performance graphics card. You can always add a second processor and double the memory at a later date using the optional Z640 processor riser. The Z640 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.
The Z440 is recommended if you require a single processor with a low core count or mid-range graphics card. The Z440 can support up to 4 hard drives or 6 SSDs.
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