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Rajitha Naranpanawa asked ·

Does a render node or dedicated Arnold render workstation require a gpu?

I'm going to be exporting my project to that pc to render the final images on. Would that pc need a gpu? If so what would be recomeneded?

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Stephen Blair answered ·

No GPU is required for rendering final images. The current Arnold is a CPU renderer.

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Hi, thanks, I am aware that Arnold is not a gpu renderer, but would I need a gpu to load the scenes. Will a 4gb gpu suffice just to load up the scene and render?

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Load the scenes in what? A render node is for command-line rendering, scenes are loaded but there's no UI and nothing has to be displayed.

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Sorry, I should've been bit more clearer. I want the second pc to act as a render node, but also be able to use it as a normal pc, for example, I want to be able to export a maya project and load it into the pc to render from there leaving my main pc free. So in the case would I need a gpu?

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