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Red SDK and video hardware compatibiility
« on: November 28, 2016, 04:09:36 PM »
If you have a system that supports (or does not support) RedSDK video you can report it here to help others decide what to get in the future, and help them know if what they currently have will support redSDK.


I have a desktop system with an Intel i& 6 core CPU running at 3.4-3.8 GHz with 32 Gbytes of true DDR-1600 RAM It has a Nvidia Quadro 2000 video card with 192 Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), with OpenGL drivers that support on-card hardware acceleration.

It runs the RedSDK Turbine Demo with the following benchmarks:

Windowed 1024x768 benchmark mode with fps display disabled: Total score was 1608
At full screen 1920x1200 with everything enabled: Total score was 865


I have a Toshiba laptop with a 2GHz i7-4510U two core CPU, 12 Gbytes RAM and an on board Intel HD Graphics 4400 video chipset. Open GL version 4.3.

It runs the turbine demo part way and stops at the ray-tracing part with a message that the hardware doesn't support ray tracing.


A friend and fellow DesignCAD user has a desktop with an Asus Maximus VIII Ranger motherboard, which has Intel Z170 chipset, and processor is i7-6700K ("Skylake" processor, LGA-1151), running at 4.0 GHz clock speed and 32 Gbytes RAM. The graphics processor is integrated within the processor, and has 24 of what Intel calls graphics execution units.

The turbine demo ran the benchmark mode in 1024 x 768 with a  total score of 985.


The Turbine Blade Demo is available here:

This is not a canned video - it is code that runs on your machine in real time. You can even rotate the display while it is running.

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Re: Red SDK and video hardware compatibiility
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 05:08:33 PM »
CPU -- Intel Core 17-960, 3.2 GHz, 4 cores
Memory -- 12 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
Video -- ASUS board with GTX570, 1 GB GDDR5, NVidia driver 373.06

Ran Turbine Demo at full screen mode 1920 x 1200 (Benchmark). Points scored:
Real-Time v.p. -- 3118
HQ real-time -- 3665
Dynamic ambient occlusion -- 2172
Hybrid ray-tracing -- 850
Total score -- 2173

P.S. I hate running the Turbine Demo. I am drooling during the demo and have withdrawal symptoms afterwards.  ;D 

« Last Edit: November 28, 2016, 05:12:00 PM by Dempsey »


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Re: Red SDK and video hardware compatibiility
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 06:42:25 AM »
Video Hardware   NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
on a Win 10 64 bit I7 System.

The Turbine Demo runs really well but Designcad 3D Max 26 doesn't recognize the Videocard at all and shuts off the RedSDK modus. >:(


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Re: Red SDK and video hardware compatibiility
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 07:17:18 AM »
DesignCAD is checking for GPUs that were explicitly verified as supported by the release of RedSDK that it uses. The GTX1070 came out a few months after the version of RedSDK that DesignCAD 2016 uses. We're looking at the possibility of relaxing this hard restriction, so that users with unsupported GPUs can at least try RedSDK mode, but that won't occur in the 2016 version, sorry.
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Re: Red SDK and video hardware compatibiility
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 07:58:01 AM »
Similarly, Designcad finds my GPU unsupported, but the turbine demo runs fine on my HP Envy Laptop with Intel I5 processor, 8gb ram, and Intel HD graphics, albeit my scores are a bit lower than some of you Supercomputer owners out there

The graphics are indeed mouthwatering, if you like that sort of thing....

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