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OK, I'm a 10 year+ user and about to upgrade GPU. Having tested my previous builds I know the following:

  • the CPU can bottleneck the GPU rendering at some point If I Overclock my CPU my gtx970s gets a slight boost and if I underclock it the GPUs dont even throttle to maximum frequency.

  • I know each gpu needs a single thread while rendering, at least that process is single threaded.

However I have no idea what the CPU does exactly and how much a certain GPU power is bottlenecked by a certain CPU power. It would be nice to have a study that relates CPUs to GPU power, at least in terms of modern CPU frequency and teraflops.

Anyone done something similar or thinking about it?

Thanks

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I don't think the GPU power is bottlenecked by CPU in any way. You either render using CPU or GPU. If you're using a CPU you need to set the tile size to some small number like 16 x 16 or 20 x 20 so that each CPU thread will be responsible for one of these tiles and the process becomes more efficient this way. When using a GPU for rendering you need to set the tile size to a higher number such as 224 x 224 and so on so that you can benefit from using a GPU.

Blender OpenData might give you some ideas on what GPUs/CPUs are better for rendering.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I use 240x240 and that was my Idea too, until I moved a card from one PC to another which were identical except for the CPUs and I noticed slightly different times on the same frames... My next experiment was to drop the CPU from 3.9 GHz max to 3.0 ( about 25% less) and noticed GPU renders drop about 20%. Next overclocked the CPU to 4.2 max. and there was 0-3% improvement,... this time not that much, but enough to understand it was at the limit of bottlenecking. Another thing I noticed was that some scenes were more affected than others,.. but I feel more has to be understood. $\endgroup$ – M25 Oct 5 '18 at 20:24

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