Take full artistic control with Autodesk 3ds Max, the 3D modeling, and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animation. Create a professional, 3D quality model of worlds inside of games to stunning scenes for design visualization, to engaging virtual reality experiences. When powered by purpose-built 3ds Max workstations, 3ds Max toolsets enable artists to shape and define detailed environments, objects, and characters.
A single-threaded task within 3ds Max, 3D modeling is the process of building up meshes, extruding polygons, and manipulating vertices. If you primarily use 3ds Max for modeling, then don’t waste money on a dual CPU workstation with dozens of CPU cores. Those extra CPU cores won’t provide any benefit. 3D modeling only takes advantage of one processing core, so single-CPU 3ds Max workstations like the professionally overclocked BOXX APEXX S3 will work much better and provide maximum ROI for your modeling budget.
3D animation has many similarities to a 3D modeling centric workflow as both are single-threaded tasks. And (like 3D modeling) if animation is your primary task, multiple CPU cores will be of little use. These types of tasks are “frequency bound” because software performance is tied to the frequency of the CPU. A 3ds Max computer workstation with a high CPU clock speed is ideal for animation workflows, so BOXX 3ds Max recommended hardware includes the single socket, professionally overclocked APEXX S3 or APEXX X3.
Unlike 3D modeling and animation, rendering your 3D assets is a highly multi-threaded process, so the more CPU cores you have in your system, the better. Rendering is also computationally intensive so it should be offloaded. The purpose of 3ds Max workstations is to create and maintain productivity, which comes to a halt when you tie up your system with rendering final frame animation sequences. BOXX 3ds Max recommended hardware includes unique, dedicated, rendering solutions like renderBOXX, or if you rely on GPU rendering, the APEXX D8R with support for up to eight full-size GPUs.
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