Interesting Strata 3D results...

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by atomicshark, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    I use Strata 3D CX 5.6 at work on a Mac Pro 2.8GHz. x 2 Xeon with 4GB RAM and an ATI 2600 Pro video card (2008).

    At home I use Strata 3D CX 5.5 on an iMac 2.93GHz. with 4GB RAM and an NVIDIA GT 120 video card (2009).

    Today I decided to render the same model at work and at home to see how much faster the Mac Pro is than my iMac.

    Surprisingly, not much faster.

    4000x2826 pixels
    Settings: RT Best
    Renderer: Raytracing
    Texture detail: Fine
    Oversampling: 9 per pixel (extra smooth)
    Render alpha channel
    Render to layers
    Mac Pro: 18 minutes 52 seconds
    iMac: 20 minutes 1 second

    I really thought the Mac Pro would be nearly twice as fast or more. I wonder if anyone else has tested an iMac against a Mac Pro with their professional apps?

    I wonder if this test only shows how much work Strata needs to do to optimize its apps to the Mac Pros much more capable processors?
  2. macrumors member

    Decided to add results of my First generation G5 1.8GHz. with 2GB RAM.

    1 hour 26 minutes and 53 seconds.

    This makes my iMac over 4x faster in 3D rendering. Better than I expected, although the G5 would have done better with 4GB RAM.
  3. macrumors 6502

    hi, i dont know much about strata3d, except that this is the first time ive heard of it since 1994 but all i can think of is that the render engine is not using or is not capable of using all cores. on some 3d packages, theres a checkbox for "mulitthreaded" or similar. are your g5 results from a single processor or dual?
  4. macrumors member

    I think you are right. Strata recently introduced CX 6.0. I have a feeling this version will be able to take advantage of all cores.

    The G5 is a single 1.8 GHz. processor. Before I got the Mac Pro I had a dual 2.0 GHz. G5 at work at it was a bit faster than my G5 at home.

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