I’m looking for suggestions on what direction I should go with rendering stereoscopic Cycles animation.
Currently, I have seven networked computers with GTX 580 cards. This setup has served me well for the last project I did, but I don’t want to continue along this path. Here’s why:
- The heat generated by running seven computers with GTX 580 cards is insane. It’s fine for the first few hours, but after a while the heat builds up. I’ve had long renders that have raised the temperature in my basement to 90 degrees in the winter. This is not an exaggeration. I’m using fans to push the air out of the rooms of where the computers are, but they only do so much. These video cards get HOT. My renders take a long time to do, and it makes me nervous to leave the computers rendering for days on end. Rendering shouldn’t be stressful, where I’m wondering if something will catch on fire.
- The power consumption is insane. I have to run the computers off of two circuits in my house. When I’m rendering at 1920x1080 at full quality (and since I’m creating stereoscopic images, multiply the total number of frames to render by two), I get a pretty big shock in my monthly electric bill.
- I plan to be making more complex animations that will not fit within the GTX 580’s built in 4 GB of RAM. I’m not looking forward to upgrading all of my computers when that day arrives, and really don’t want to feel like a hamster on a treadmill with respect to hardware upgrades.
Here’s what I’m thinking of doing:
- Switch to rendering on the cloud. I’m looking into Brenda since it seems like a popular option.
- Sell all of my GTX 580 cards.
- Buy one, newer, more powerful NVIDIA card for my main workstation that can handle bigger scenes and render them faster. This will be the one card that I’ll continue to upgrade as more processing power is needed. I’ll also use this card for quick test renders before sending the long renders to the cloud.
My questions are these:
- Is Brenda the recommended way to go for Blender rendering in the cloud?
- What current NVIDIA card should I consider that would give me the best bang for the buck for Blender rendering?