I am very new to Blender and am trying to use it on my laptop Asus K55VM SX086D. Main hardware:
- i7 3610QM
- GeForce GT630M
- 8 GB RAM
In User Preferences I’ve set Compute Device to CUDA and selected my GPU which is clearly visible there (http://i.imgur.com/olqctYJ.jpg).
I searched quite a lot and realized that I had to install CUDA Toolkit also. So I did that,
- I went to https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-downloads
- Selected CUDA 7.5 > Windows > x86_64 > Windows 10 > exe (local) > cuda_7.5.18_win10.exe
However, even after installing CUDA, reinstalling Blender, restarting the PC… Blender still does not use GPU. I’m using Afterburner to monitor GPU/CPU usage and I see that whenever I’m working inside Blender (I’m only using Blender for Image Stabilization under the Movie Clip Editor window and then rendering it out using Node Editor window) my CPU usage goes up to 100% and uses all the 8 cores, but my GPU is completely idle. This makes me so sad. :((
Not only is CPU rendering time consuming but I feel I’m also overusing the CPU for work which the GPU can easily do.
I’ve checked that my GPU’s CUDA score is 2.1 (via this page https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-gpus).
What am i doing wrong? Is there something else that I need to do to make the GPU work? Please help! I’ll provide extra info if you need it, please let me know.