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Recommended Computer Workstation For MAXON Cinema 4D [2021]

Best Workstation For Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D is an industry-leading 3D Modelling, Animation and Rendering application developed by Maxon. The powerful tools within Cinema 4D make it an ideal choice for 3D modelling, architectural or product visualisation, computer games development and many more.

 

Because of the wide range of features and possible workflows users may encounter when working with Cinema 4D, it is challenging to find the right Workstation solution for you. There may be no perfect one-size-fits-all Workstation, but this guide will help you find the Workstation configuration to meet your needs and budget.

 

MAXON Cinema 4D 3D Modelling & Animation Workstation

 

If 3D Modelling & Animation is your priority, CPU clock speeds are critical. Modelling & Animation within Cinema4D is primarily a single-threaded task meaning it will only leverage the performance of a single core when working. Therefore you want to focus on maximising the performance of that core as much as possible.

 

AMD Ryzen and Intel Core based workstations offer high clock speeds and, therefore, fantastic 3D modelling performance. They also make great Workstation platforms that provide excellent value for money. In contrast, you should be aware that CPU Rendering is a multi-threaded task, so if you need strong rendering performance, there may be more suitable Workstation options for you.

 

MAXON Cinema 4D CPU Rendering Workstation

 

Rendering is a highly multi-threaded scalable process within Cinema 4D. That is a complicated way of saying that the more cores and threads available to render a scene, the quicker your system will perform. 

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Intel Core X-Series Workstations are exceptional at producing high speed renders. These solutions will cost more than the 3D modelling & animation solutions discussed earlier, but if you need high speed renders, then we cannot recommend them highly enough. They also maintain respectable clock speeds, so these Workstations are no slouch when modelling or animating.

 

Choosing The Right Graphics Card

 

With so many great graphics cards coming to the market, it can be hard to know the best option for your next Cinema 4D Workstation. NVIDIA Professional and GeForce RTX cards are currently the most popular choice amongst Cinema 4D users.

 

NVIDIA GeForce RTX offers the best bang for your buck and offers brilliant performance. For an average user who only uses Cinema 4D, these would be the best option for you.

 

If you are a heavy user or tend to use other applications in your workflows such as Autodesk Revit3DS MaxMaya or Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS. These applications strongly prefer the NVIDIA professional range of graphics cards. They also benefit from a more optimised and reliable driver and are designed for more intensive long term operation.

MAXON Cinema 4D GPU Rendering Workstation

 

Similarly to CPU rendering, GPU rendering is a multi-threaded process; however, rather than using the power of your CPU to perform renders, you can supercharge this process with a graphics card. NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards provide exceptional value for the performance you get. However, their form factor often limits you to only one or two cards per Workstation. Suppose you have chosen an AMD Ryzen or Intel Core Workstation for Modelling & Animation or are limited in budget. In that case, we certainly recommend maximising your GPU rendering potential with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX card.

 

However, if you have a bit more budget to spare and have opted for an AMD Ryzen Threadripper or Intel Core X-Series Workstation, then these Workstations support a higher quantity of cards. The NVIDIA Professional graphic card range also comes in a more suitable form factor for multiple GPUs in a system. If you wish to maximise GPU rendering performance, one of these workstations with up to 4 NVIDIA Professional Workstation graphics cards will generate the best performance possible.

 

How Much RAM Do I Need For Cinema 4D?

 

The amount of RAM you need will vary from user to user and model to model. The larger or more complex your projects, the more memory you will require to work effectively. That said, Cinema 4D does not require much memory, and the average 3D Modelling or Animation user would find 16GB sufficient. 

 

If you work on rather large scenes or have started rendering, then 32GB should be ideal for you, and if you work on rather complex models and renders, we recommend 64GB.

 

Recommended Storage For Cinema 4D?

 

We recommend a 2 or 3 drive storage configuration to most customers. The first is an NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) for your operating system and applications. These drives are the fastest type of storage available today and ensure your system and applications are responsive and load as quickly as possible.

 

The second drive is a 2nd NVMe PCIe SSD for your active project files. This drive is optional, and you can happily store your project files on the primary drive. Separating them can improve performance because it guarantees your Workstation can access the data quickly.

 

Finally, we recommend a large capacity Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for archived rarely accessed files. These drives are much cheaper per GB and come in large capacities, making them ideal for long term storage. Alternatively, you could save to a networked location off your Workstation.

 

Recommended Cinema 4D Specifications

Project SizeEntry-LevelMid-RangeHigh-End
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 / AMD Ryzen 7
Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Intel Core X-Series
AMD Ryzen Threadripper
Intel Core X-Series
Memory16GB DDR432GB DDR464GB DDR4
Graphics Card1x GPU
4GB+ VRAM
1-2x GPU
8GB+ VRAM Per Card
2-4x GPU
10GB+ VRAM Per Card
Storage1x (NVMe/SATA) SSD + HDD2x (NVME/SATA) SSD + HDD2x NVMe SSD + HDD

Ideal Systems for Cinema 4D

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