Best Computer Workstation For MAXON Cinema4D




Maxon Cinema4D is one of the worlds most popular 3D design software applications available, empowering designers and giving them the creative freedom to turn their visions into a reality. The flexible, user friendly, yet powerful nature of Cinema4D has attracted all sorts of users including Architectural Designers, Visual Effects Professionals, Broadcasters or Games Developers. However, without the right computing hardware foundations users will not be able to get the most from Cinema4D and will find that they are working either inefficiently or can’t work at all. This is incredibly frustrating for professionals so here at Workstation Specialists we strive to not only get professionals running smoothly but have the very best performance tailored to their particular workflow.

When considering Cinema4D from a hardware perspective it is important to take note of a few factors and think about how you are planning to use the software. Cinema4D is a feature rich application which can make it a difficult and daunting task selecting the best hardware to get the most out of each of these features. By following this guide you can direct your budget towards the areas that are going to benefit you most by reducing your bottlenecks and finding your perfect solution for MAXON Cinema4D.



Which Processor is best for MAXON Cinema4D?


When considering processor choice there are a quite a few different options on the market. Intel have two main ranges to consider, their Xeon and Core i series processors. Traditionally Intel Xeon has been targeted at the Workstation market as they were considered more reliable however, today the Intel Core i based processor are so close in reliability that they are a perfectly acceptable choice for a Workstation. What separates the two products today is that Intel Xeon may have more Cores and has the ability to build a solution with multiple CPUs. Whilst Intel Core i products generally have a higher clockspeed and are therefore faster at single threaded tasks.

Maxon Cinema4D is first and foremost a 3D modelling application and as this is a single threaded task then an Intel Core i7 or Core i9 processor with a high clockspeed such as those in our WS-X Frequency Enhanced Series workstations are ideal. If, however you are planning on performing many CPU based renders then dual Intel Xeon processors are more suited to these kinds of task as they are more multi threaded in nature. Our WS-E Enterprise Grade Tower workstations suit this requirement very well for an all in one solution. Alternatively, you could offload your CPU rendering tasks to a separate, dedicated networked render node. This is advantageous as you can tailor a system perfect for modelling workflows and offload the rendering tasks to another tailored solution for the rendering tasks therefore, no sacrifices need to be made to performance across your entire workflow.

AMD are now also making huge splashes in the Workstation pool with there Ryzen based processors. At the time of writing they have their Ryzen 7 and Ryzen Threadripper processors which are largely single threaded and therefore comparable to the Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9 ranges respectively. They also have an Enterprise grade multi CPU option in the AMD Epyc range which takes on the Intel Xeon product range.

Similarly to when you are choosing a Intel processor you should select your AMD processor depending on the amount of modelling and CPU rendering you perform. If you have a predominantly modelling workflow you should select a lower core count and high clock speed processor, or for workflows containing more CPU rendering a high core count and lower frequency processor is ideal. Here at Workstation Specialists we often suggest either an Intel Core i9 or AMD Threadripper based systems as these processors offer a good balance capable of performing both tasks well.


Cinebench R15 Multi-Core CPU Performance Benchmarks


*Value rating based on Cinebench R15 Multi Core performance score vs approximate price of CPU.




Cinebench R15 Single-Core CPU Performance Benchmarks


*Value rating based on Cinebench R15 Single Core performance score vs approximate price of CPU.



NVIDIA GeForce Vs NVIDIA Quadro Vs AMD Radeon Pro WX Graphics for Maxon Cinema4D?


NVIDIA GeForce cards are always appealing due to the high-performance levels you get for your money. This does come however at a slight risk as they are not rated for long term intensive use and are not ISV certified with optimised drivers ensuring fully supported compatibility with MAXON Cinema4D.

NVIDIA Quadro and the AMD Radeon Pro WX range on the other hand are rated for rigours long term use and both have ISV certifications. For your primary graphics cards powering your modelling view ports then we would recommend one of these solutions even though the cost is higher than the NVIDIA GeForce alternative.



Is Multi-GPU Needed for MAXON Cinema4D?


If you are simply using Cinema4D to only perform modelling and CPU rendering tasks then a single Graphics Card will be perfect for you. If, however you are planning to take advantage of GPU rendering capable tools such as the now in-built AMD ProRender utility or an external plug in such as Chaos Group's VrayRT, then you will greatly benefit from multi GPU solutions.

In this case we do recommend NVIDIA GeForce cards for rendering task as the high-performance levels for relatively low cost suits this purpose well. Typically, we find the more cards the better as well as more cards will usually outperform a single high-end card. Therefore you will benefit by spreading your budget across many lower end cards cards, rather than a single high-end card but bear in mind this may limit upgrade options in the future.

We have many multi-GPU options here at Workstation Specialists from Frequency Enhanced Solutions to Enterprise Grade Xeon Workstations. Simply look for the model numbers ending in “G” for multi-GPU options. If you require even more GPU rendering performance consider our rackmount GPU server options for networked GPU rendering.



How Much System Memory Do I Need for Maxon Cinema4D?


Getting the right balance of memory is vital when configuring your system. Too little and this will seriously affect system performance however, having too much will give you no performance gains at all. Because memory pricing is relatively high, having too much memory could affect your budget stopping you from being able to afford an upgrade to your processor or graphics card.

We have found that Maxon Cinema4D doesn’t require huge quantities of system memory and that a lot of users would be fine with 16GB, although as a Workstation is a long-term investment and with software demands growing each year, we recommend 32GB to offer you future proofing. If you are working on exceptionally large projects or simply have the budget you may consider 64GB to guarantee your system will have no issues for years to come.



What Hard Drives Should You Get for a Maxon Cinema4D System?


For a modern-day computer workstation, users should get a M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive (SSD) as their primary hard drive to house their operating system and applications. This revolution in data storage technology has made traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and the SATA protocol obsolete in terms of performance. Users will notice a massive improvement in the responsiveness of their system as well as better OS boot and application launch times. Users may consider a 2nd NVMe based drive as a scratch disk for working on there projects to further increase performance however, improvements over simply using the primary drive will be fairly negligible.

You may also wish to install a traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for longer term storage of files as the price per GB of storage is much cheaper. Also, the capacities available in HDD format are much greater although you may consider this to be unnecessary if you are using networked storage back to a central server in your office or the cloud.



Want to Discover The Perfect MAXON Cinema4D Workstation For You?

If you are interested in discovering the very best computer workstation for your workflow within Cinema4D and under your budget contact our hardware specialists today. Alternatively check out our recommended solutions below.



• Intel Core i5 i7 & i9 Options
• Up to 5.0GHz Professional Overclock
• Up to 4x Dual Width Graphics Cards
• Professional ISV Certified Graphics
• Up to 128GB DDR4 Memory
• High Speed NVMe SSD Storage Options
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• Intel Dual Xeon Processors
• Up to 56 Cores and 112 Threads
• Up to 2048GB DDR4 Memory
• Up to 4x Dual Width Graphics Cards
• ISV Certified Graphics Options Available
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