Lumion is a widely used software among AEC professionals because of its ability to render intensely realistic building interiors and exteriors. Users can also create lush landscapes of hundreds of trees and animate humans interacting with their models, which helps to bring models to life for clients and other collaborators. Functionally, Lumion is compatible with a host of other CAD applications, making it a versatile tool for fast and high-quality rendering. Though Lumion requires little training to operate beforehand, AEC professionals must have a high-powered workstation to ensure they're able to maximize the software's potential.
When viewing a Lumion-rendered model, the visuals are so realistic, textured, and smooth that it makes interacting with Lumion akin to playing a high-end PC game. Indeed, like those games, Lumion works best with a graphics card posting a PassMark score of 6000 or higher (e.g. NVIDIA GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GeForce).
But graphics cards aren't the only hardware components you’ll need to optimize Lumion features. You also require a Lumion workstation configured to support single-threaded workflows and high viewport frame rates that enable such realistic visuals. As opposed to multi-threaded tasks that benefit from more CPU cores, Lumion workflows benefit from increased CPU frequency. An ideal Lumion workstation is the eight-core APEXX S3 professionally overclocked to 5.1GHz and featuring up to two professional GPUs.
Because Lumion can be effectively used alongside a number of other CAD modeling applications, you can simultaneously edit Lumion visualizations as you make changes in BIM software—even after you’ve spent time adding textures and materials.
Of course, when using applications side by side, it's important to remain aware of the potential compute bottlenecks that may result from such a configured workstation. Both Lumion workflows and BIM workflows are single-threaded, and thus frequency bound, meaning the number of CPU cores doesn’t affect performance. Address this by looking at the overclocked, six-core APEXX S3, a system designed to accelerate both creative workflows.
Lumion makes it easy to change visualizations on the fly, which is how many AEC pros often work. Mobility is highly desired for any task, whether making a presentation to various stakeholders or working with a client across the country. When looking for a mobile Lumion workstation, pay attention to the same criteria that enable peak desktop Lumion performance Our GoBOXX mobile line has a number of workstations that fit functional and computing needs. The 2.6GHz GoBOXX SLM VR features six CPU cores and is the lightest, thinnest Lumion workstation available, while the 3.7GHz GoBOXX MXL VR (with an Intel® Core® i7 processor and 64 GB of storage) is the perfect desktop replacement.