Before I start I’ll quote system specs as well as expected other systems being added in the next 8 months.
C2Q 9450 @ 3.01 GHZ w/ 8 GB RAM and 9800GTX+ - have now
3x athlon 64s with 1.5+ gigs of RAM - have now
6-core system with 12 GB RAM - expected febuary
Mid-range quad core with 4-6 gigs of RAM - expected may
Quad core laptop with 4+ gigs of RAM - expected next june
So! Considering I’ll be sitting under some serious computing power in the next year, and I want to do photorealistic animation across my network (gigabit, average speed is 45 MBPS between the athlon 64s), what ray tracer should I be looking at?
Specifically I want it to do the following REALLY well:
-Eyes (VERY important)
As well as light cast from objects, etc.
Which should I be looking at? I’ve been trying luxrender, but have largely been unsuccessful and even with the quad core and all 3 athlon 64s cranking on it, it takes a long time for it to get a single frame to acceptable quality levels. However, I suspect this is more a case of I have my scenes set up poorly instead of luxrender being slow.
Yafaray I didn’t get working, and haven’t tried it since shortly before 2.49 was released.