Friday, 7 May 2010

Blender Benchmarks on Windows 7 64bit

To test how good my desktop was I did a render Benchmark with Blender this past weekend and got some interesting results. The Benchmark was done using blender 2.49 and new alpha 2.5.2 both found on the download page at the blender 3D website. I wanted to know what my new PC will tell me about blender and its performance so here is a test.

Desktop Configuration:
  • Dell Studio XPS 9000
  • Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz) X58 Architecture
  • 12GB DDR3 SDRAM AT 1066MHZ-6X2GB,
  • 1.5TB SERIAL ATA 2, 7200 RPM,DIM,X
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Blender File was taken from
Blender Version 2.49 64 bit build at
Blender Version 2.5.2 64 bit build at

The Render settings are as per the blend file states. Then I did rendering with 4 CPU threads and with Full 8 Threads of my CPU.
Here are the results in the Table and Chart for both blender 2.49 and 2.5.2.

Render Times
CPU Threads

Blender Benchmark
The table the and charts show 2.5.2 takes less time to render the same file with defaults or with added CPU Threads in rendering. Good news but how does the image rendered look like? Well, see for yourself below.

Rendered in Blender 3D 2.49
blender 2.49 64bit render benchmark

Rendered in Blender 3D 2.5.2
blender 2.52 64bit render benchmark

2.5.2 gives user better results than 2.49. It seems that the quality is similar to what we can get if you used LuxRender or Yafaray. Does that mean we no longer need install external renderers? Not quite actually as rendering goes it is not the only 3D aspect that blender does therefore it is not a complete solution as a good one. The external renderers give more options and give you results that can far exceed what blender can do since they are focused on rendering purely. So I am looking forward to when we get the Stable version of blender.