Originally Posted by hmm
That's quite overstated.
As I said, I am no tech guy so I didn't know what to make of it. But it was there and the guy seemed to know what he was talking about.
I will wait for decent testing that can be repeated over several machines by many people.
For my machines, I have used Cheetah3D to quickly compare their render speeds. Cheetah3D comes with a few sample files, one of which takes my iMac 811 seconds (13.5 minutes) to render. I know that Cheetah3D has a demo version, but I'll have to check to see if the sample files are included (I've owned the app for a year now). If people could run that render, then we could have a base which people could compare with their current machines. [edit: checked the demo and the samples are included]
File: Rigid Body Spiral
iMac (quad-core 3.4GHz i7, 3TB Fusion, 16GB RAM, GTX 680MX) = 811.11 seconds (time is noted by the app)
Mac mini (quad-core 2.6GHz i7, 3TB Fusion, 16GB RAM) = 904.95 seconds
I visited the Cheetah3D forums and noted that the developer is himself buying a 6-core MacPro with the D700 GPU. He says he wants to make Cheetah harness the GPU. Hopefully, lots of developers will share his enthusiasm and these machines will start really running fast.
PS I am in no way associated with C3D.
Edited by Bergermeister - 12/25/13 at 11:10pm