. . . i was at a meeting of 3D-animation specialists and we were presented the upcoming version of Maxwell-Renderer (absolutely great btw.).
On this evening i talked to some cracks about machines - because my MacPro from 2008 is coming into age and AppleÂ´s actual MacPro line will be replaced
by a new one in February afaik . . but . .
80% of the 3D-artists suggested switching to an - excellent - PC-architecture . . . that made me thinking
I traditionally donÂ´t like PCs and i definitely donÂ´t like Windows . . but Win7 is a steps foreward i realized nevertheless. To my taste ways less productive than OS X but ok.
Excellent PC-architecture isnÂ´t remarkably cheaper than a comparable Mac - but the choice of graphic-cards and some other peripherals definitely is bigger and thatÂ´s the point: i got diverging information about whatÂ´s going on with GPU, CUDA, OpenCL and so on under the aspect of panorama-photography resp. editing/rendering.
ItÂ´s obvious that a fast GPU speeds up editing dramatically - but has none to few effect on rendering. Sorry: i missed the thread dealing with hardware here recently - guess i was a bit distracted by superfluous arguing . .
Under the aspect of using several monster-applications like Maya, Maxwell, Flame, AfterEffects, MediaComposer and some others which profit from actual GPU as well as APG and PTP (i hope) i think i made my decision at least to add a PC-architecture to my MacPro and MacBookPro.
To make a long story short - whatÂ´s more important regarding APG: multiprocessors, their speed, the amount of cores or the amount of (hyper)threads and of course the amount of RAM?
Sorry again - of course i will study the thread which dealt with these things . . iÂ´m still somewhat overwhelmed by what i realized this evening . .