Best Workstation For Cinema 4D
Maxon Cinema4D is one of the worlds most popular 3D design software applications, empowering designers and giving them the creative freedom to turn their visions into a reality. The flexible, user-friendly and powerful nature of Cinema4D has attracted all sorts of users, including Architectural Designers, Visual Effects Professionals, Broadcasters and Games Developers. Without the right computing hardware, however, 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. Professionals are incredibly frustrated by this every day, so here at Workstation Specialists, we strive to not only get professionals running as smoothly as possible but have the very best performance tailored to their particular workflow.
When considering Cinema4D from a hardware perspective, it is essential 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 daunting and challenging 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, reduce your bottlenecks and finding your perfect solution for MAXON Cinema4D.
Which Processor is best for MAXON Cinema4D?
When considering all your processor choices, there are quite a few different options on the market. Intel has 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 deemed more reliable, however, today the Intel Core i based processors 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 can build a solution with multiple CPUs. While 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, 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 you are planning on performing many CPU based renders then dual Intel Xeon processors are more suited to these kinds of tasks because they are more multi-threaded. 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. Having a network render farm enables the ability to have a tailored system perfect for modelling workflows and offload the rendering tasks to another tailored solution ideal for the rendering tasks.
AMD is now also making huge splashes in the Workstation pool with there Ryzen based processors. They have their Ryzen 7 and Ryzen Threadripper processors which are focused on workstation workflows with good single and multi-threaded capabilities and therefore comparable to the Intel Core i7 and Intel Core i9 ranges respectively. AMD also has an enterprise-class multi CPU option in the AMD EPYC range which takes on the Intel Xeon product range.
Similarly to when you are choosing an 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 choose a lower core count, and high clock speed processor, or for workflows containing more CPU rendering a high core count processor is ideal. Here at Workstation Specialists, we often suggest either an Intel Core i9 or AMD Threadripper based systems as these processors offer an excellent balance capable of performing both tasks well.
NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards are always appealing due to the high-performance you get for your money. Consumer grade cards do come, however, with a slight risk as they are not rated for long term use and are not ISV certified and do not have optimised drivers that ensure full 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 viewports 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 using Cinema4D to perform only modelling and CPU rendering tasks then a single Graphics Card will be perfect for you. If, you are planning to take advantage of GPU rendering tools such as the now in-built AMD ProRender utility or an external plugin such as Chaos Group’s Vray. Then you will significantly benefit from multi GPU Workstation 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 our internal testing has shown many lower end cards will usually outperform a single high-end card. Therefore you will benefit by spreading your budget across many lower end graphics 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 for you to consider from Frequency Enhanced solutions to Enterprise-Grade Xeon Workstations. 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, having too much will give you no performance gains at all. Because memory pricing is relatively high, too much memory could significantly reduce from 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 vast quantities of system memory and that a lot of users would be fine with 16GB. Workstations should be considered a long term investment, and with software demands growing each year, we recommend 32GB to offer you plenty of future proofing. If you are working on extensive projects, you may consider 64GB to guarantee your system maintains stable performance, but this is usually unnecessary.
What Hard Drives Should You Get for a Maxon Cinema4D System?
For a modern-day computer workstation, users should get an M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive (SSD) as their primary hard drive for 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 their projects to further increase performance; however, improvements over only using the primary drive will be fairly negligible.
You may also wish to install a traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for long term storage of files as the price per GB of storage is much cheaper. Also, the capacities available in HDD format are much higher 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.