Rendering takes very long on my computer for very simple scenes. Even when I render just the start-up file, it takes 20 seconds. I rendered a torus, and it took the person doing a tutorial 6 seconds but it took me 1 minute and 52 seconds. My computer is relatively new, and I didn't change any settings. Any ideas on what I can do? Square Sample isn't on.
If your computer has a decent graphics card, you could switch the the "render device" (at least I think it's called that) in the Render Properties panel to GPU Compute rather than CPU. GPUs are much better suited for rendering than CPUs are.
You can also render less samples. For a simple cube, 200 is enough or even already to much. See your settings in the sampling panel in the render tab. Default settings are 250 samples or so, that could be too much.