Better graphic card or RAM?

I’ve got options to buy an Ndivia GTX 1660Ti Laptop with 8GB RAM, or a GTX 1650 with 16GB RAM. Which one would work better smoothly with heavy architectural modeling on Rhino especially with real-time rendering and arctic modes? I’m not sure if better RAM or graphic card is more important for Rhino basically.

For me I would think the 16gb version is a better balance between a RAM for large models and graphics performance. 8 GB sounds a little small for large architectural work.

I think it is important to note that no matter the size of the machine, effecient models are still neccesary to keep Rhino moving well, especially in architecture.


Hi scott
which is entry and mid level graphics card for rhino +grasshopper for architectural purpose?

also rhino 6 ask for open gl 4.1, I have by default open gl 3.3 so it shows black screen in 3d view. So pls suggest me entry and mid level graphics card which can run rhino 6 or 7

Nvidia Geforce works well. Normally I would get the one that matches you budget. Probably a 1600 series minimum or above. 6 mb memory or more would be great.

The more you spend on a card The better performance which is noticable. I run a Nvidia Quadro RTX4000. It can handle almost anything. The Quadro series is the engineering/cad series and Geforce is technically the gamer cards. Although people have been successful with both.

With Rhino 7 coming and using more GPU rendering technology, the new modem card will really shine.

thanks for reply,
I have shortlisted these 2 cards as per my budget, pricing is almost same
only quadro is 2gb and geforce is 4gb

NVIDIA Quadro P620 2GB and ASUS GeForce GTX 1650 4GB

which one you would prefer for 3d rendering and architecturral graphics…

Right choice. I like the 4 gb of video ram. It helps with an extra monitor and larger models. And if considered the suggested amount in the

If you can’t afford powerful computer, the best choice is buying lots of shared video RAM.

Computers can have either a dedicated graphics card with on-board dedicated memory (RAM) or an integrated (shared) system where the graphics components are part of the processor (CPU). An integrated system uses a portion of the system memory for graphics, which decreases the amount of RAM available for general use. Another option has been added to the market, computers with both a dedicated graphics card and a shared system. This is called switchable graphics or APU by some manufacturers. The computer can be configured to either choose on the fly which method works best for the current application or the user can choose manually which system to use… Shared systems were traditionally put into lower-end computers… In the last ten years, however, shared graphics systems have improved greatly. source:

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