Google shows that Blender's slow rendering has been questioned numerous number of times before too, but in my case it has gone to a degree that rendering even the simplest things requires ages. I'm using latest 2.78a version on Windows 10.
I understand that my machine is a humble one by any stretch (i5 + 8GB + Samsung 850 Pro SSD), but my expectation was that simple scenes involving a few cubes, one light source, one camera and a handful of materials would render in about a couple of minutes or less. Instead it takes the likes of 15 to 20 minutes every time I press F12 (blender says the scene has 1 lamp, 5 objects, 63 faces and 72 vertices, which I believe is pretty simple).
I have tried the following already. Doesn't make a considerable difference in rendering time:
- Changing from CPU to OpenCL: throws error when loading libraries.
- Changing Sampling: From 128/32 to 12/6.
- Changing Light Bounces: From 12 to 4.
- Changing Tile Size: From 64 to 256.
My gut feeling is that this has something to do with Windows 10, but I don't have Windows 7 or XP right now to test if that is the case. Has anyone else experienced this? Any other solutions to make it faster?