I know 6 hasn’t been out all that long considering the usual release cycles, but got a hardware related question abut 7…
I basically use Rhino pretty much the entire time, and a fair bit of GH too (mainly do silverware/product/jewellery/public art on the complex stuff probably talking average file size of 2-10Gb, when doing what I can to lighten files, if that helps). It’s getting to the point where my old i7 7700 stopgap is crapping out on a pretty regular basis, so I’m looking at new hardware, but given the spend, I want it to last realistically at least 2 or 3 years without being hopelessly out of date. I know historically, other than with rendering, multithreading hasn’t gone all that far in Rhino, though the new GH multithreaded components are great.
I’m basically at the stage of looking at processors and cost-benefit wise the new AMD stuff is looking surprisingly good, but not too hot (no pun intended) when it comes to single core intensive use, which, thus far, means I’m looking at paying a bunch more for Intel. That’s the context.
My basic question is, is building in multithreading on more commands, particularly outside of GH, likely to be much of a focus for 7, or is it likely to be similar to 6 or with a slight incremental improvement? If it’s going to be a big focus I’d look at AMD, whereas if we’re talking pretty similar to 6, I’ll stick with Intel. Having said that, if anyone knows a reason I should definitely go one way or the other that’s not necessarily to do with multithreading I’d appreciate knowing that too.
On a side note for graphics I’ll probably go GeForce (I know Quadro are supposed to be better and all that but I’ve always found them less stable in Rhino), but if anyone knows better I’m all ears. Also planning on just sticking as much RAM in there as possible with whatever’s the best spec the mobo can handle. My logic is to get the most suitable processor, then RAM, then graphics as subsidiary concerns.
If anyone can offer advice it’d be much appreciated as I’m likely to be stuck with whatever I get for a while!
All the best!