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Would an SSD help in rendering with Mental Ray?

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May 30, 2010 10:11:11 AM

I'll be doing Ray Tracing, Global Ilumination, Motion Blur. Ill be rendering with Mental Ray.

I have an X6 1090T so far. I need to choose the GFX card.

Would an SSD help out at all?

Need a computer for university.

Thanks in advance.
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May 30, 2010 2:01:52 PM

Normally i would say not. I have not used Mental Ray, but most other 3D rendering packages use cpu power and many use the video card as well(I have found CPU rendering is a bit more consistent across machines).
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May 30, 2010 6:25:31 PM

Nukemaster is probably right. Start by making sure you have plenty of memory. Once you get the machine, check your disk activity light while you're rendering something. If the light isn't on just about solidly (indicating LOTS of disk activity), then an SSD won't help.

If the light IS on solidly, it still doesn't necessarily mean that an SSD is the best solution. You may be paging heavily because of insufficient memory, for example.
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