January 11, 2022 Yen Lily

Graphic card needed for Lumion 12

Lumion  12 is a popular rendering software which is developed by Act-3D. In the past 10 years, it has grown so much and made its name in the market. In the past, the quality of renders was low and unrealistic. But during time and a lot of improvements from developers, it becomes more and more popular with easy-to-use interface, fast rendering. Lumion is designed for rendering images, panoramic pictures, and animations.

Lumion 12, just released 2 months ago, is a render engine which needs dedicated graphics card to run smoothly. In this article, we will go over and introduce some graphics card you need for Lumion 12, based on the complexity of your projects.

1. Graphics card requirements

The following guidelines will give you an overview about which graphics cards and minimum passmark points you will need based on the complexity of your project. (You can see the passmark points for GPU here)

Ultra Complex Projects:

Ultra complex Projects are often project with high-end features like:

        • A detailed city, airport, or stadium.
        • A detailed multi-floor building with interiors made up of many models and HD textures.
        • A detailed landscape made with high-end Lumion features such as Fine-detail Natureand 3D Grass.

For example, extreme project like above, we will need a system of:

        • Minimum 20,000 PassMark points. Examples: NVIDIA RTX A6000(48GB), NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 (48GB), AMD Radeon Pro W6800 (32GB) [PassMark however is below 20000]
        • Using Pro only graphics cards with at least 32GB of graphics card memory.

Or for highly-detailed projects like above, the requirement is also very high:

        • Minimum 20,000 PassMark points. Examples: NVIDIA RTX 3080, NVIDIA RTX 3090, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT*, AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT*, Quadro RTX 6000, NVIDIA RTX A5000,  NVIDIA RTX A6000.
        • 10 GB+ graphics card memory.
        • To keep up with your graphics card, your CPU should have as high a GHz value as possible per thread and should exceed a Single-threaded CPUMark score of 2500 points or more.  Preferably 3500 or more for the ultra-high-performance cards such as the NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti or AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

Complex Projects:

Complex projects are often one in between, not so complex but not so simple:

        • A small park or part of a city made with OpenStreetMapor other simple models.
        • A large home with detailed interiors made up of several models and HD textures but mostly Lumion Library
        • A single residential or commercial model with a single section of landscape using some high-end models such as Fine-detail Nature.

And the requirement for these projects is recommended below:

        • Minimum 14,000 PassMark points. Examples: Radeon RX 5700 XT *, Quadro RTX 4000, Quadro P6000, Quadro RTX 8000, Radeon RX 6700 XT *, GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce RTX 3060, GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, Radeon PRO W6800.
        • 8 GB+ graphics card memory.
        • To keep up with your graphics card, your CPU should have as high a GHz value as possible per thread and should exceed a Single-threaded CPUMark score of 2500 points or more

Simple Projects:

Simple project are often project with simple features like:

        • A small park or residential building with Lumion models and textures.

This kind of project will need minimum requirement:

        • Minimum 7,000 PassMark points. Examples:  Quadro P2000, Quadro K6000, Radeon R9 290, Radeon Pro W5500, Quadro M5000, GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, Radeon RX 5600, Quadro P5000, GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2060, Radeon RX 5600 XT.
        • 4 GB+ graphics card memory.
        • Rendering movies in 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels) requires a minimum of 6GB graphics card memory.
        • The CPU should have as high a GHz value as possible per thread and should exceed a Single-threaded CPUMark score of 2000 points or more.

You should notice that this configuration would not be capable of processing Lumions’ high-end features such as 3D Grass. Upgrading your hardware is a must if you wanna use high-end features.

2. iRender - Powerful Lumion cloud rendering service

You probably also know that Lumion can only support 1 Graphics card. So if you use a computer with multiple graphics cards, it will not increase the efficiency of use, that is why you should invest in a powerful GPU with the largest VRAM possible.

At iRender, we offer you one package with powerful RTX3090, which is GPU server 3A.

Let’s see if it’s a suitable choice for your Lumion project.

Processor or CPU

As recommended by the software manufacturer, Lumion will need a processor with a single core clock as high as possible, and does not need more than 4 Cores, more cores also do not help processing speed in Lumion faster.

Recommended clock speed is from 3.5GHz, apparently, Intel’s CPUs will be the optimal choice for current Lumion processors.

Our CPU is Intel Xeon W-2245, with clock speed is 3.9GHz and can reach 4.7GHz with Turbo Boost. Your project surely can load much faster.

RAM – Internal memory

Minimum system memory is 64GB (RAM). Obviously, if you just do simple scenes, you can get 16GB of memory, but this isn’t ideal for large and complex scenes. RAM bus is from 2666 or higher.

At iRender, you don’t need to worry about complex scene you will load because our RAM is 128GB, much higher than the the minimum required.

Hard Drive

The speed of your Hard Drive plays a big role in how fast your models and Projects are loaded. The faster, the better. iRender provides you NVME SSD drives, which are the latest technology.

Graphic card - The most important factor for Lumion rendering

The factor decides if rendering is smooth or not, fast or slow is the GPU. Lumion’s hardware specification is that it requires 1 graphic card with many CUDA cores. The CUDA core is found in two-card lines, Nvidia’s GTX / RTX (most popular) and AMD’s Radeon.

The ideal system for Lumion will require a GPU with 11G VRAM or higher, and a PassMark score of 16,000 points or more.

You can see that in this list below, RTX 3090 (also the GPU iRender provides) reaching 25,162 points, the highest points.

More than that, iRender also provides you other extra services. We have useful and free-of-charge transferring tool named GPUhub sync. Our price is flexible with hourly rental which has pay-as-you-go basis, daily/ weekly/ monthly subscription with discount from 10-20%. Plus, you have 24/7 support service with real human who will support you whenever you encounter an issue.

Let’s see our RTX3090 performance for Lumion 12:

You can create an account via this link to experience our service. And don’t hesitate to contact us via WhatsApp: (+84) 916806116 for advice and support.


Thank you & Happy Rendering!

Source: support.lumion.com

*Note: all images are from lumion.com

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Yen Lily

Hi everyone. Being a Customer Support from iRender, I always hope to share and learn new things with 3D artists, data scientists from all over the world.


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