Trying out Cycles

A couple of Cycles renders. One from a BlenderGuru tute (Suzanne) and one from a BlenderCookie tute (Architectural Interior). Neither very detailed or sophisticated but I’m quite impressed. A bit dark under Suzanne’s eyelid, not sure how best to fix that.

I don’t seem to have the option of GPU rendering. My card is GTX280 and my sysem is Dell XPS730X with Core i7 processor. Should I be looking at a newer card, and if so what would work with my system? I’m not very hardware savvy.

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The GTX280 will run Cycles but not the newer functions, layers, shadow, AO a.s.o, those only work on the CPU on cards <GTX460…

The option for GPU rendering is split in two. First you have to set it under File->Preferences->System->Compute device, set that to your card & CUDA. Then you choose GPU compute under the rendering options. :slight_smile:

Thanks for that. I tried the Suzanne image above at 100 samples both ways. GPU took 43 secs, CPU took 87 secs. Nice. I might look into upgrading though for the newer features.

do oyu know if all of the cycles functions will run on a GTX 550 Ti?

Another version of Jonathan’s arch viz tutorial, with more detailed textures.

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What? Of course, it will run well on a GTX550… Not the fastest card but with CC 2.0 you can render with layers, shadows, AO, everything - and it’ll guaranteed be faster than any CPU. :slight_smile:

whew, i just bought a graphics card and just wanted to make sure that cycles would work with it completely. got 40 bucks off to bring it down to $140 :smiley: