Which graphics card do you need?

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Poster: Morten
Article ID: 471
Posted: Fri 29 Jan 2016
Approved: Yes

QUESTION
Which graphics card do you need?

ANSWER
Click here to find out which graphics card your PC has.
Click here to see how fast your graphics card is compared to other graphics cards.

MINIMUM GRAPHICS CARD REQUIREMENTS
  • DirectX 11 compatible.
  • Minimum 2,000 PassMark points.
  • Minimum 2GB dedicated graphics card memory.
RECOMMENDED GRAPHICS CARD REQUIREMENTS
The following guidelines describe which graphics card you will need based on the complexity of the scenes you expect to work on:

SIMPLE SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a small building/interior without much detail)
Minimum 2,000 PassMark points and 2GB dedicated graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11[/i] compatible.
Examples: GeForce GTX 745, Quadro K4000M, GeForce GTX 570M.

MODERATELY COMPLEX SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a moderately detailed office complex)
Minimum 6,000 PassMark points and 4GB dedicated graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11[/i] compatible.
Examples: Nvidia GTX 960, Nvidia Quadro K5200, AMD Radeon R9 290 or faster.

VERY COMPLEX SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a large park or part of a city)
Minimum 8,000 PassMark points and 6GB dedicated graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11[/i] compatible.
Examples: Nvidia GTX Titan, Quadro K6000.

ULTRA COMPLEX SCENES IN LUMION: (e.g. a super detailed city, airport or stadium)
Minimum 10,000 PassMark points and 8GB+ dedicated graphics card memory (RAM). DirectX 11[/i] compatible.
Examples: Nvidia GTX 1080 (8 GB memory), Nvidia GTX Titan X (12 GB memory)


MULTIPLE GRAPHICS CARDS (SLI) AND GRAPHICS CARDS WITH MORE THAN 1 GPU
Multiple graphics cards (in SLI configuration) or a graphics card with more than 1 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) such as the Nvidia GTX 790 will not give you a performance boost in Lumion. In addition, Lumion will only be able to use half of the on-board memory (RAM) of a graphics card with more than one GPU.

For those reasons, we recommend buying the fastest graphics card with a single GPU and as much on-board memory as you can afford. The Nvidia GTX Titan X (with 12 GB memory) is currently the best choice. The next best choice is the GTX 1080 with 8 GB memory.

Some of our users use 2 graphics cards connected to 2 different monitors. That way, you can use Lumion on 1 monitor/graphics card while the other monitor/graphics card is used for other applications. This sort of set-up tends to have a negligible impact on performance.


BUILD MODE PERFORMANCE
The framerate in Build mode can be adversely affected by your CPU, if it isn't fast enough to keep up with your graphics card, especially if you have a modern high-end graphics card.

The framerate in Build mode also depends on the monitor resolution. If you're only ever going to use Lumion at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels you will not need as powerful a graphics card as if you were to connect it to an external monitor with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels.



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