January 21, 2021 Rosie Dinh

Powerful render farm for Sketchup with V- ray Next and Octane render

SketchUp is a 3D design and modeling application commonly used for Architectural, Engineering and Construction workflows. While being packed full of highly capable and powerful features, Sketchup is also well known for its intuitive interface and ease of use. SketchUp provides a simple yet highly capable platform for AEC professionals. With support for other 3rd party applications such as V -Ray next, Octane, Indigo, Enscape, etc , users can create photorealistic renders, virtual tours of design and virtual reality experiences of SketchUp designs.

Although SketchUp is relatively easy to use,  lot of Sketchup users must still have trouble with the computer hardware, especially the rendering process, to get the most from the application and to accelerate their rendering time. When they ask themselves  “Is there any suitable render farm that supports Sketchup?” they still get into trouble again because majority of the current Render Farm focus on design softwares and render engines such as Blender, 3Dsmax, Cinema4d,  Houdini, Redshift, Octane, etc. The number of Render farm support design software such as Lumion, Keyshot, Unreal Engine, After Effect, SolidWorks, and Sketchup can only be counted on the fingers of one hand. Because of that reason, today iRender will provide you with basic but necessary information related to Sketchup as well as introduce a new package with an extraordinary powerful render farm for Sketchup that will definitely satisfy Sketchup users, optimize their SketchUp projects and help them to get the most from this powerful 3D design software.

Minimum & Recommended System Requirements

Let’s take a look at System requirements enlisted by experts of Freedom251. They took basic and optimal performances into account. However, in most cases, the minimum set of specifications caters to students or basic 3D modelers whereas the recommended specs take modeling, visualization, rendering, simulations, and official system requirements into account.

CPU Rendering Requires Cores/Threads

3D modelling is a frequency bound process meaning that lots of cores and threads will not increase performance. A processor with fewer cores and threads but higher clock speeds is the best performing option. However, if users make use of a 3rd party application such as V-Ray Next, Octane, etc  to produce photorealistic renders, then selecting a processor with more cores and threads is essential for maximizing performance. CPU rendering can run many operations simultaneously unlike 3D modelling within SketchUp.

Powerful GPU helps speed up rendering

So how To Accelerate GPU Render Times? For users who take advantage of the phenomenal performance GPU’s provide to render SketchUp models within applications such as V-Ray Next or Octane Render. Then selecting a processor that supports many GPU cards is a must for maximum performance.

GPU rendering generally scales exceptionally well, therefore, having  multi graphics card in your system will speed up GPU rendering performance significantly. GPU rendering similarly to CPU rendering takes advantage of multiple cores and due to the thousands of cores provided by modern GPUs, near-real-time photorealistic renders are now possible.

SketchUp only receives a minor boost to the performance by the Graphics Card. Therefore only a low-end NVIDIA GeForce graphics card is required for 3D modelling within SketchUp. However, for GPU rendering, a higher-end NVIDIA GeForce graphics card is needed to accelerate performance.

System Memory

8GB of memory is recommended for SketchUp; however, in our experience this is too low for a modern Workstation. Opening only a couple extra applications as well as your SketchUp model will quickly use all available memory, dramatically hurting your system’s performance.

We believe at least 16GB of memory for SketchUp and 32GB would be an ideal amount. Therefore, system with at least 16GB of memory ensures users have enough to run large SketchUp models and other applications simultaneously without hitting memory bottlenecks.

Storage Configuration

The Solid State Drive (SSD) can still be fine with Sketchup. However, for those wanting the very best performance available then the latest M.2 NVMe type Solid State Drives is the best choice. NVMe will offer the best performance at a slight premium.

Why iRender cloud rendering is your best choice?

iRender farm is applicable to Octane and Vray next renderer for Sketchup and Sketchup itself! With numerous high-performance machines for rendering and huge storage, we can surely provide a lot of servers as what customers need and save much rendering time for the projects. Our iRender’s powerful technical team can customize servers’ configuration according to customers’ requirements (such as Nvlink, Storage, so on). Therefore, customers can spend more time and energy on artistic creation.

1. Powerful servers

At iRender, we provide you many supercomputers which are used in the rendering process of your scenes. You are able to get access to unmatched speed server with 6x RTX 1080Ti /6x RTX2080Ti / 6x RTX 3080/ 6x RTX3090 to get the best performance. Please take a look at the specification of those machines as below:

As you can see, all of 4 packages including multi GPU cards which definitely can speed up your rendering time significiantly. These servers are the ultimate online solution for Sketchup with V -ray next and Octane render allowing up to multiple, powerful 6x GeForce RTX 1080 Ti/ 6x GeForce RTX 2080 Ti / 6x RTX 3080/ 6x RTX 3090 GPU. And, you can control the power and performance for the highest level customization and configuration in application resource usage. These servers are the premier solutions to maximize your advantage when you need it most – to win the project, to meet the impossible deadline, or pivot your visual direction with unparalleled speed.

Moreover, the storage drive of  multi GPU card servers at iRender is SSD NVMe 512GB.  These drives are about 30% more expensive than a standard SSD, but around five times faster! Further more, here at iRender, we provide an amount of 128 GB of RAM to 256 GB of RAMCome with us, no one will ever have to worry about lack of RAM, you now can handle even the touchest projects in an easiest way.

2. Simple Process

What you need to do is just 5 simple steps  including: Creating an iRender account, Recharging money, Transferring your files to the remote server, Selecting a package and connecting to the server then finally Taking full control of the server and doing whatever you want.

We ensure provide you the easy-to-use interesting and effective solution. With just one or two clicks to create an image, and 7 to 15 minutes to boot system in the first time, you will use the servers (GPUs & CPUs) like your own PC. Additionally, you just need to setup working environment once, and save as Images to keep it for life.

Furthermore, we are one of a few render farms providing a unique transfer file tool, without having to access to a third party for transfering data. The tool is called GpuHub- Sync. You can upload your data even when the remote server is turned off and it will automatically sync to the remote servers and vice versa. Furthermore, major cloud transferring platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive are also supported if users want it.

3. Reasonable Pricing

You will be charged on a per-minute basis. Depending on the type of server you choose, we will issue you an invoice once you shut down the servers, so that you will control your balance easily.

The hourly rental for package 6x Nvidia RTX 3090 is $22 per machine hour, 6x Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti is $9 per machine hour. 6x Nvidia RTX 1080 Ti only costs $4.5/hour. But you can always save from 30% to 60% with our Fixed Rental feature. For those who’re in need of a server more than a day, or have an extremely large project, we advise to choose a daily/ weekly/monthly rental package. The discount is attractive (30% for daily packages, 50% for weekly, and 60% for monthly packages).

We accept payment through PayPal, Stripe, bank transfer, or credit card. And of course, we sometimes provide promotions for customers on special occasions. Staying connected with us to keep updating these programs.

4. 24/7 Real Human Support

Users can access to our web-based online platform and using multiple nodes to render at the same time. Hence, with us, it does not matter where you are present – as long as you are connected to the internet, you can access and enjoy the 24/7 rendering services that we provide, and if you meet any issue, our real human 24/7 support team is always ready to support you.


Irender is on the way to becoming the best render farm for Sketchup nowadays. Thanks to our leading technology, we help users create high-quality images and videos in the shortest time ever and minimize the rendering time

With the above advantages and the machine configuration package that iRender is offering, we believe that Sketchup users will have the most comfortable, quickest, and most effective rendering time.

So, do not hesitate anymore, let’s register an account HERE to get FREE COUPON to test our GPU servers and reach a new level of cloud rendering.

iRenderHappy Rendering!

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Rosie Dinh

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


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