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Always go back to basics when testing new things. In this case, rebuilt computer so that do I do to get a feel for performance? Portraits. Back to basics.
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Jae Alexis Lee
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
  • Listening to: Flaw -- Because that's where it started
  • Reading: Tao of Pooh
  • Playing: Guild Wars
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So, I took a day off work to play with Daz Studio's new release with NVIDIA's Iray (you should have seen my boss's face when I told him why I wanted the day off...) Here are some thoughts about the BETA release.

Performance: For context, I'm testing on a single GTX 970 which I consider a fairly moderate card for GPU rendering. Performance with a single card is still very good. For results that are very similar to LuxRender, I'm turning out projects in 20% of the time (compared to render times for a CPU render on an i7-5960X clocked at 4.2 Ghz.) When compared against LuxRender's GPU rendering, speed is fairly 1:1 comparable. 

Workflow: The single greatest benefit I've gotten from Iray is the ability to use an Iray render in the viewport. While you can, technically' use it for a real time viewport draw, I've found that anything beyond a simple scene (V4+backdrop) bogs viewport performance down too much to be of significant utility. Additionally, any change requires Iray to start redrawing from scratch. Materials work takes place 100% in the Daz Studio surfaces tab. Note: Loading the base Iray shader to any item is a near must for optimal results.

Quality: Render quality is superb, easily on par with LuxRender or Octane for final render quality. 

Ease of Use: If you've been using DS for a while and are familiar with Reality or other external render tools, picking up Iray is fairly straight forward. That being said, Iray's feature set goes deep and there is no hand holding. You're going to be put face to face with more sliders and dials than you may be used to and it's going to take some time to get into the advanced bits. I found myself missing the slimmed down interface in Reality more than once as I drilled through several nested features.

Overall: Overall, I've been more than a little impressed. The workflow speed is stunning and I find that I'm able to make minor corrections to things frequently along the way because I notice the problems in the render very quickly. I really do miss the ease of tweaking lighting & camera settings during a render in LuxRender though. While the speed makes this less of a deal breaker, it would be nice if I could adjust and not lose progress as I continue to refine a project. I've also noticed that it seems to have a delay in loading scenes... some times a scene will take 2-3 minutes to load before it starts rendering, though I have yet to pin down a cause. It's not something I can reproduce 100% of the time. 

Final thoughts: Does this mean people should rush out to buy NVIDIA GPUs and jump on the Iray bandwagon? Well, maybe. If you've been thinking about a new graphics card anyway, keep an eye on Daz who has said they're working on a way to offer up some discounted Nvidia hardware and if you see a good sale, of course, jump on it. (Hey, I'd love a Genesis 2 bundle or two with a GTX 980 purchase wouldn't you?) If you're already running on high end AMD hardware though, you might be better off holding out for the next LuxRender update that will bring more features into the GPU rendering side of things. (of course, Maxwell series GPUs do just fine in LuxRender, so if you did buy a new card and just used it on Lux, it wouldn't be wasted.)


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LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Please note me when you come back to DA
DS-Penguin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's going to be a while. Most of what I'm doing right now are game resources and I'm not going to be ready to share those until just before I launch the game. 
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
I hope to see your game 
Please tell me how to pick it uo
lexxii Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Love all your fine art Jae & :new: Chat Room Now Open :star: Best Holiday Wishes :star: :iconhappynewyearplz: :star: Thank you xoLexxiiCutieShots

:star: *Submitted: "What Am I Becoming" :star: For Your Approval :star:
DS-Penguin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) And approved for the submission :)
Xantec Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
nice cybernetics work.  :)
DS-Penguin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Xantec Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
you're welcome :)
UndercityIV Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have to say, Digital Storm is just as pricey as Alienware and Asus. Their all overly expensive computers. I mean I am not sure if having two graphic cards would increase the graphics. But the best one I saw on their site was around 4K.   
I think the highest I've seen an Alienware was for 6K or 8K either way, I find it hard to believe people pay that much for a computer...I mean jesus. I definitely need something better than what I'm using for better experience and performance. But I'd like your opinion. Is two graphic cards necessary? What would you suggest be the better choice? Maybe I'll take a look on Ebay and see. I mean I think they just included two cards in it, but its still the same machine. I'll probably buy the Level 1 version and just buy an extra graphic card for it.…
lexxii Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Jason & Thank you for joining This Super Group Of Artists: iconCutieShots: Please enjoy your membership & Looking forward to you submitting more of your fine art into this Super Group Ofyen:) Thank you xoxoLexxiiCutieShots
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