Neil wrote: Here is an animation I have just finished. Modelled in Archicad, rendered in Maxwell. It took about 19hrs to render on my renderfarm.
20 processor cores. And still 20 hours! While the result is OK, I'm not convinced it's that much better than Artlantis to justify the expense, in processors and time. If you had found a mistake, what then? Another 19 hours? For me, that would mean deadline passed long ago.
And I forgot: If you need a renderfarm, tha additional Maxwell rendernode licenses make it a lot more expensive than Artlantis. Convince me!
Neil wrote: Well it was rendering in about 7mins/frame, which I think is pretty respectable, I have vray renders that take longer than that.
......no disrespect but, if you're having Vray renders that are taking that long (or worse yet, longer than that, as you claim) and on a renderfarm with that many cores to boot, then frankly speaking, you're not using it correctly.
I assume you mean that Maxwell was rendering a single frame in 7 minutes over the whole farm and not just one machine, right?
Because normally Vray will punch out a single frame of a moderately complex scene in that amount of time (or less if you've calibrated and optimized it properly) in a single machine.