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Hardware / Re: Workstation configuration
« Last post by Juraj Talcik on Today at 18:28:02 »
Thanks again, you guys rock!

If I decide to wait for Zen2 would I still need to buy the expensive MSI MEG/Asus ZenithAlpha MB. Or can I expect new MB within 350€ range made for the new Zen2 cpu?

By Zen2 you mean Ryzen3 on Zen2 right ? Because even Threadrippers Gen3 will be on Zen2 Architecture in Q4(/Q1 2020). And they have completely different boards (AM4 platform with X570 chipset for Zen2 Ryzen, TR4 platform with X599 chipset for Zen2 Threadrippers, but for both, current chipsets also work with bios update, but not all motherboards).

If you decide to go with Ryzen 3xxx, then AM4 based X570 boards will start at 200 euros. And because even the most high-end 16core Ryzen9 3950x is only 105W TDP chip, almost every board will support it well.
What is funny, AM4 boards will now range from 100 euro to 1000 Euro because there will be some super high-end stupid gimmicks board for it putting those TR4 based MEG/Alpha boards to "shame" (they are great deal in fact).

Choices, so many choices :- D ! Enjoy.
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Hardware / Re: BenQ PD3200Q DesignVue 32 inch?
« Last post by Juraj Talcik on Today at 18:23:51 »
Yeah I think that maybe I get that too...I think it's some new scaling issue with Chrome or Windows. I get it randomly if it's the same thing as you describe.

My short term memory is terrible so I don't know if I didn't see it on Facebook instead.
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Hardware / Re: Workstation configuration
« Last post by fla on Today at 18:23:37 »
Thanks again, you guys rock!

If I decide to wait for Zen2 would I still need to buy the expensive MSI MEG/Asus ZenithAlpha MB. Or can I expect new MB within 350€ range made for the new Zen2 cpu?
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Hardware / Re: Workstation configuration
« Last post by Juraj Talcik on Today at 18:17:00 »
Optix really made my work so much more fun. The results in complex interiors early can be bit...ugly, but still give me super good idea about light. I love using Optix and Lightmix at same time in IR.

But when I do studio work, like white-sweep furniture rendering...I get fantastic final like (without micro detail in fabrics of course...AI denoisers absolutely kill this kind of info) image under 1 minute in 2560px (For simple scenes I can get away with IR with resolution as high as this, and the Optix is still like 20miliseconds to compute).
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Hardware / Re: BenQ PD3200Q DesignVue 32 inch?
« Last post by JoeVallard on Today at 18:13:45 »
Juraj as of today I am getting color fringe around my text, ranging from red to blue/purple, maybe even some green its hard to tell cause every character seems to look a different color. It is only happening here on the corona forums. If i zoom the browser up to 150% it goes away. No other text elsewhere seems to be causing this, haven't had the issue prior to today either.
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Hardware / Re: Workstation configuration
« Last post by JoeVallard on Today at 18:10:04 »
No, go with nVidia. For few reasons:

- AMD doesn't have competitive cards are now. The very upcoming range is slightly competitive in mid-range segment (against RTX2060) but not priced any better at all.
- But neither has nVidia made worthwhile improvement in almost 3 years. RTX have barely perceptive improvement outside of actual ray-tracing, for which only the top model (RTX2080ti) is any good for, on all others it's wasted.
- Intel Denoiser is much faster than Corona ones, but still much slower than Optix by nVidia (and eats huge amount of memory). Optix is instant..it's fraction of second, it's seriously cool during IR.

Buy card with at least 6GB of VRAM, ideally 8. (But I've seen some 1080ti with 11GB go as low as 400 Euro...but unless you plan to also do Unreal Engine you don't need it). 3dsMax doesn't care much if you have 1050ti or 1080ti...nothing will be faster in viewport. But the moment your scene in viewport runs out of memory (lot of polygons and textures shown in full resolution), 3dsMax will become extremely slow. You will go from 50 FPS to 0.5 FPS. Graphic card memory is just as important as system memory, even for pure CPU renderers because you still need viewport.

Best thing right now is to buy some older 10xx generation from nVidia, ideally from someone second hand and save money massively for really good performance.

Scoring very cheap Threadripper on market or auction would be good if you plan to upgrade. But don't forget to spend the money of powerful board in that case. MSI MEG and Asus ZenithAlpha are 500-550 Euro right now...which is lot, but worth it.
The other x399 boards will be useless for Zen2 Threadrippers because of their weak VRMs.

I was literally typing a message to tell him to wait for your words of wisdom lol. But that would of been my advice as well. The nvidia denoiser to to valuable to give up for interactive rendering. Here in the states there were 1080tis on sale for $600 yesterday and 1070 for $350.
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Hi Frood,

Tried the install but somehow corona 2 still listed for 3ds max 2018!
also when i try to reinstall it gives me an error message.
I chose the custom install and only ticked the 2018 version wiwth the dr server, cie nvidia denoiser.

Thanks for you help

alex
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Hardware / Re: Workstation configuration
« Last post by Juraj Talcik on Today at 17:50:30 »
No, go with nVidia. For few reasons:

- AMD doesn't have competitive cards are now. The very upcoming range is slightly competitive in mid-range segment (against RTX2060) but not priced any better at all.
- But neither has nVidia made worthwhile improvement in almost 3 years. RTX have barely perceptive improvement outside of actual ray-tracing, for which only the top model (RTX2080ti) is any good for, on all others it's wasted.
- Intel Denoiser is much faster than Corona ones, but still much slower than Optix by nVidia (and eats huge amount of memory). Optix is instant..it's fraction of second, it's seriously cool during IR.

Buy card with at least 6GB of VRAM, ideally 8. (But I've seen some 1080ti with 11GB go as low as 400 Euro...but unless you plan to also do Unreal Engine you don't need it). 3dsMax doesn't care much if you have 1050ti or 1080ti...nothing will be faster in viewport. But the moment your scene in viewport runs out of memory (lot of polygons and textures shown in full resolution), 3dsMax will become extremely slow. You will go from 50 FPS to 0.5 FPS. Graphic card memory is just as important as system memory, even for pure CPU renderers because you still need viewport.

Best thing right now is to buy some older 10xx generation from nVidia, ideally from someone second hand and save money massively for really good performance.

Scoring very cheap Threadripper on market or auction would be good if you plan to upgrade. But don't forget to spend the money of powerful board in that case. MSI MEG and Asus ZenithAlpha are 500-550 Euro right now...which is lot, but worth it.
The other x399 boards will be useless for Zen2 Threadrippers because of their weak VRMs.

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Hardware / Re: Workstation configuration
« Last post by fla on Today at 17:27:56 »
Thank you very much Juraj and Joe! You helped a lot!
I wasn't paying much attention to cpu development lately and I can see there are lots of exciting announcements from AMD.
Now I'm thinking to wait for Zen2.
I'll be on a lookout for TR 1920X though, if I find it priced as mentioned I will most probably take it.

Do you recommend Radeon graphic card to go with AMD cpu?
Latest Corona update uses Intel and Nvidia (even before that) denoising - if I go with Radeon + Threadripper I wont be able to use it. The new intel denoising seem pretty fast though.

best,
matej
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General Discussion / Re: corona standalone for linux?
« Last post by maru on Today at 17:26:22 »
Sorry to disappoint you, but it is still too early to talk about any publicly available test version. We are working on it internally, and once it is out, we will definitely announce it through our social media channels.
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