Does graphics card quality affect rendering time?

K T OngK T Ong Posts: 372
edited June 2012 in The Commons

Do you know on the basis of your experience how the type of graphics card your system uses will affect rendering time (if at all, and for both Studio and Bryce)? If yes, how about sharing your experience?

I've come across systems boasting 1 Gb or even 2 Gb graphics cards. They're specially for high gaming performance. Would they speed up your rendering times, too?

I'd be most grateful if you could share what you know. Thanks in advance!

Post edited by K T Ong on


  • LoaarLoaar Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Unless your using a render engine that uses your GPU (graphics card) then no.

    Lux (via reality or standalone), octane etc all have GPU rendering options, but AFAIK, neither DAZ Studio or Bryce have those options. Your CPU and RAM are what makes a difference when rendering.

    Your graphics card helps with your viewport, but once you reach a certain point, a better card doesn't improve it further.

  • K T OngK T Ong Posts: 372
    edited December 1969

    Thanx for the info!

  • 3D Toons3D Toons Posts: 0
    edited June 2012

    The only thing that may be affected by a better graphics card is your preview (your work space). Your preview may look better with a better graphics card. I had a quite old one and now I've got a brand new one and the preview in D/S sure looks better. Also more memory on a graphic card allows you to display a larger scene properly. With my old 256mb card if I did create a large scene with a lot in it, the preview would be slow and at times textures would not be displayed. With the new 1Gb card this problem is gone. The preview/work space doesn't slow down at all and no textures do disappear, everything works much smoother.

    If you have the newest Poser, Poser Pro 2012, the a better graphics card will make a huge difference. It now supports hardware shading, a number of features that depend on the graphic card. It gives a much better preview of the scene, getting much closer to the final render. The better the graphics card, the better the preview will look. My new graphic card supports all these new features in Poser (my old one doesn't) and the preview look awesome now. I know that a number of poser users create animations using the preview window instead of rendering and I can see them very happy, because their animations look much better now.

    But for rendering as said, you're better off buying a faster CPU and more RAM and use a 64 bit operating system.

    Post edited by 3D Toons on
  • K T OngK T Ong Posts: 372
    edited December 1969

    Thanx for this info, too!

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