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Nvidia RTX 3000 Series Vs Lumion 11 – GPU Test – Winter 2020

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TL;DR

The RTX 3060 Ti offers best in class price-to-performance for most moderately complex Lumion renders. For intensive rendering, the RTX 3070 provides tremendous performance at a decent cost (once these cards are actually available at their MSRP). The RTX 3080 offers a big performance boost to the RTX 3070 at a reasonable cost but the RTX 3090 leaves a lot to be desired unless you want the absolute best possible card no matter the price.

Introduction

We’re very excited to explore the new Lumion 11 with a full range of the latest and greatest RTX 3000 series GPUs from NVIDIA.

A little over a month ago, we checked out the performance of many top contenders of the old generation of NVIDIA graphics cards in Lumion 10.5 in this article, The Best GPUs for Lumion 10.5 (Fall 2020). The RTX 3080 showed quite promising results for Lumion 10.5, and provided a case study for how the RTX 3000 series stands head and shoulders above the last generation. As a result of their success, the RTX 3000 cards were still quite hard to come by. Nvidia just inked a deal with Samsung to produce its chips for their new GPUs, which should help bolster supply in the months to come. All talk about relative card price is based on their MSRP, though these cards are not generally available at those prices as of late 2020. 

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Our Contenders

Our test was comprised of every single current member of the RTX 3000 series cards

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

The new gold standard for price-to-performance. This card beats a 2080 SUPER for half the price.

8GB GDDR6, 448 GBps Memory Bandwidth

4864 CUDA Cores

16.2 TFLOPS FP32 Performance 

GeForce RTX 3070

A solid upgrade to the 3060 Ti without breaking the bank. It’s closest competitor is the RTX 2080 Ti.

8GB GDDR6 – 448 GBps Mem Bandwidth

5888 CUDA Cores

20.31 TFLOPS FP32 Performance

GeForce RTX 3080

The new heavyweight card that far exceeds all RTX 2000 series cards’ performance. 

10 GB GDDR6x, 760 GBps Mem Bandwidth

8704 CUDA Cores

29.77 TFLOPS FP32 Performance

GeForce RTX 3090

The most powerful consumer GPU Available today. It’s performance is completely unparalleled and it’s absolutely massive too. The founder’s edition of this card weighs almost 5 lbs on it’s own.

24GB GDDR6x, 936.2 GBps Mem Bandwidth

10496 CUDA Cores

35.58 TFLOPS FP32 Performance

The Test Machine

Here is the configuration of the testing machine that was used:

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z490 UD

CPU: Intel i9-10900K

CPU Cooler: Corsair H115i PRO XT

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 64GB 2666 MHz

Hard Drive: Samsung 970 Evo+ 250 GB

Results

For our formal tests (any test we make a graph of), we perform at least 3 trials to gauge the consistency of our tests and then average the results after re-testing to eliminate any outlier runs.

With all that said, let’s get down to the numbers.

This render were performed on the Exterior Pool Pan view on the Villa In Casale example model at 1080p@25FPS in 5 star quality.

We wanted to test out the cards on an all-new feature in Lumion 11. The 360 degree panoramic photo render.

This renders were performed on the 360 Panorama on the Downtown Development example model at 1080p@25FPS in 5 star quality.

This graph is a little bit unconventional compared to some of the other graphs that we publish but the idea here is to compare each card to the new price-to-performance champion. The RTX 3060 Ti. The orange bars represent how much faster videos will render on a given card versus the 3060 Ti, the blue bars represent the amount extra you would have to pay to achieve that performance based on the MSRP of each card. The best case scenario would be that orange is as large as possible when compared to blue.

Other Results

We also performed a few other tests in our exploration.

The first one was a RTX 3090 render on 4K@200 FPS with the full movie including all the clips on the Residential Home example file. This took about 28 hours and 24 minutes, to give you a baseline.

The other test was the exact same render as featured in our first graph but with an Intel Core i7-10700K and an RTX 3090. Interestingly, it was actually 1-2% above of our i9-10900K and RTX 3090 test results. This means that for many models an i7-10700K will not be a bottleneck with a powerful GPU and it can be worthwhile to consider saving the money on the CPU upgrade.

Lumion also has it’s own simple benchmark built-in so here you can peruse what each card buys you:

RTX 3090

RTX 3080

RTX 3070

RTX 3060 Ti

We hope you enjoyed this exploration! Stay tuned as we intend to dive deeper into more new features of Lumion 11 and how they impact hardware. We have lots more Lumion content planned for 2021 so stay tuned! 

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