I saw a thread by Gunnar (gunnarstahl) on the BlenderArtists forum and thought it would be something worth doing so we could 1) Have a lot of fun seeing how different specs handle the same scene and 2) maybe getting some worthwhile information on what really makes rendertime diminish.
So to make the the image render with the default settings of the file: Open the file in blender and immediately press F12 to render it (so we'll be using the Blender Internal). Then enable "Threads" in the output box (next to the render box) and press F12 again to render it. Post the results here with the specs of your machine. And it can be any machine! Your laptop, your main machine, your parents box that they say has the "interweb" - anything! The more variation the better.
Here is what I'm posting (my times are on the thread altready). If you don't know all these details, just post what you know!
- Version of Blender (2.41, 64-bit build, CVS build [date?], etc.)
- Processor brand, number of cores, speed, frontside bus, L2 cache (if known)
- Amount of memory, type (DDR, DDR2, etc.), speed, dual/single channel?
- Operating System
- Render Time without threads
- Render Time with threads
And how praytell do we measure render times (other than with a stop watch and staring at our monitors)? After hitting F12 and watching the image render, the time will be right above the image in the render window. And for those really looking to "nerd-out," yes, the picture is a binary clock.