Rhino 7 + Vray next workstation build

Hey all!

I run a company that designs autonomous drone infrastructure, and we pride ourselves on making very detailed 3D assets for engineering drawings (now mainly done in F360 :frowning: ) and our in-house rendered stills and animations ( Rhino7 + VrayNext :slight_smile: )

When I say detailed, I mean every bolt, washer, nut ect.

Currently I have a desktop with:

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Eight-Core Processor (16 CPUs), ~3.7GHz

  • Memory: 65536MB RAM*
  • Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti*
  • NVME drive for primary HDD*

Its fine… but old, and we need something new.

I also run a laptop with (and I know this thing is… not ideal)

Processor: Intel(R) Core™ i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz (12 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Card name: Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630

I want to know both the laptop AND the desktop CPU + GPU combo that is the best in the business so I can stop worrying about if I will be able to move our primary assets around in a scene or not. Weight on the laptop is as always key for travel, but the idea is to still be able to move projects around and shoot them up to chaos cloud (never used it, super pumped) when on the go.

Attached is one of my renders. Vray render + rhino make2d line work composited in photoshop.


I’ve addressed that laptop issue before, but again my favorite would be the Eluktronics Max 17. Many years ago, I made an artificial requirement of 5.0 lbs. maximum for the weight of any laptop I would purchase. I’ve stuck to that over the years and will soon purchase the Eluktronics Max 17 as it weighs just 5.01 lbs. in even in my advanced years I can handle an extras .01 lbs! It can be configured with an AMD 5900 processer and an Nvidia 3080 mobile cpu as well as up to 64 GB of ram. I hasten to add that we sponsor midshipman here in Annapolis, one of whom bought an Eluktronics Prometheus 17 with the same configuration. That laptop is only slightly heavier a bit more gamey looking than the Max 17. He loves his new laptop as he is quite the games and it allows him to game here at our house or on campus when the new Marine Corps commandant isn’t looking!

As to a primary computer my next build will include a high core count processor as I would need that for CFD work and it won’t get in the way with Rhino V7, V8 and beyond. I would likely stick with an AMD 6000 series 16 core or possibly Threadripper CPU.at 24 or 32 cores as CFD is one hungry beast when it comes to core count.

My GPU would have to be an Nvidia series as there are simply too many render engines out there that will accept only Nvidia GPU’s.

Check out the Dell XPS 17 in model with 4K display. Its light, sexy, and a BEAST if you max out the hardware.

I ordered mine with a 1 TB M.2 boot drive and later added a second 2 TB data drive. (It has extra space!)

The GPU is powerful enough to connect to another TWO 27 in 4K monitors at home. Shazam.

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I will stick with the Eluktronics Max 17 with Nvidia 3080 and Ryzen 5800.

Hey all!

I just got the new 2022 Dell XPS 9520 maxed out (other then the Ram and NVME drive size which would have taken a few months to get)

The 12 gen I9 is great, and the 3050 works fantastically for my needs as a mobile work station.

Final cost was around 2700 USD, and I will say, the build quality of this machine is great.

Thanks for the recommendation @schultzeworks