Best Laptop For Maya , Cinema 4d ,Houdini, Z-brush and Blender in 2022

 Best Laptop /Computer Specs For Maya , Cinema 4d ,Houdini ,Z-brush and Blender for animation  in 2022

In this Blog we will learn what are the some best computer / laptop for Students and professional for Maya , Houdini,3DS Max , Cinema 4D , Z-brush and Blender

Before We jump into best laptop let's try understand what are the different components of the laptop what role they play in your work.

1. RAM It is one of the  most the important thing you need to consider . In todays world minimum ram of your laptop need to be 8gb (16gb i recommend) [college students] for professional i recommend (32 gb if modeling and rendering ,64gb and above if you use Z-brush for sculpting as you know they drink ram). So what does ram do ? . when you model or object in you 3D software it all store in your ram while designing while making small project ram is not issue but when you start making bigger project it consumes a lot of ram if your pc does not have enough ram for the project you will see your software will start crashing. Situation will become more dire when you start doing simulation or open multiple software

  1. Common mistake : make sure you buy latest generation ram with high frequency (better data transfer means high speed in work) .If you can't afford a high ram laptop just buy a low variant ram laptop and increase the  ram  later onwards (this is cheaper method that i have done no issue faced so far)

2. Processor : Processor is the brain of your laptop i recommend try to buy ryzen 5000 (don't buy lower series of ryzen you might regret) series laptop as they are strong and give better performance than intel with great margin. If you have money constrained go for intel processors .For more details read official recommendation by software below

Common mistake : before buying any laptop check the processor comparison. Also make sure your laptop have good ventilation else you will face heating issue(reduce laptop life)


3.Graphic Card : I recommend buy nvidia 3000 series graphic card  . Just for your knowledge nvidia 3000 series lower variant graphic are much better and cheaper than nvidia 2000 series top variant graphic card . These graphics cards come into play when you do rendering or simulation . Graphic Card play very important role in rendering better the graphic lesser the time it will take to render your work

Common Mistake: Just you know for college work nvidia 1000 series grpahic cards processor is also good they can do all you college work easily.nvidia 3000 series graphic card are cheaper but difficult to get . Highly recommend to buy them . Don't buy 2000 series as they are expensive and less powerfull than 3000 series graphics card


4. SSD/NvMe : Make sure your laptop has ssd of minimum 250gb(college student) / 1tb (profession as primary storage) .So why ssd why not hardisk  ?. SSD is way more faster than hardisk for comparison look at the graph. you will see the difference when you try to install or doing simulation in laptop



5. Screen Resolution : Screen Resolution must be 1920 X 1080 don't buy a laptop lower than this resolution (for Student if you are professional i recommend buy 4K Screeen resolution). Having this kind of resolution give better clarity what is going on and give better picture quality


Types of Laptop YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY :

  • Thin laptop (thin laptop has low air cooling capacity and you will face heating and dust issue later onwards)
  • Old generation laptop suppose you are getting i7 5th gen processor so no its not worth it always try to buy latest as they are designed to consume less energy and give better battery performance
  • Low resolution laptop (poor quality of detailing whille work)
  • Low ram laptop (just in if you can't afford a high ram laptop buy a low ram laptop but with good processor and graphic card variant  and increase its ram afterwards it is a cheap method without damaging your warranty)

Official Recommendation to run Maya 2023


Hardware
CPU

64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
Apple Mac models with M series chip are supported under Rosetta 2 mode

Graphics HardwareRefer to the following pages for a detailed list of recommended systems and graphics cards:

Maya Certified Hardware
RAM8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
Disk Space7 GB of free disk space for install
Pointing DeviceThree-button mouse


Official Recommendation to run Cinema 4d S26

  • Windows:
    Windows 10 Version 1809 or higher - or Windows 11
    Intel 64-bit CPU or AMD 64-bit CPU with AVX support
    8 GB RAM, recommended 16 GB

  • macOS:
    macOS 10.15.7 or higher
    Intel-based Apple Macintosh with AVX support or Apple M1-powered Mac
    4 GB RAM, recommended 8 GB

  • Linux Command-Line Rendering:
    CentOS 7, 64-bit
    Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 64-bit


Recommended minimum resolution 1920x1080

  • Windows:
    Minimum: NVIDIA Maxwell GPU, AMD Polaris (AMD GCN 4), Intel Kaby Lake or newer supporting DirectX 12 with feature level 11.0
    Minimum GPU Driver: NVIDIA 461.40, AMD 21.3.2, Intel 27.20.100.9168

  • macOS:
    Metal: macOS GPUFamily1 v3 or higher (see about this Mac → System report → Graphics/Displays)
    GPU: only official supported hardware by Apple (feature set macOS GPUFamily1 v3+)
    e-GPU: only official supported hardware (please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544)


Official recommendation to Run Z-Brush


  • OS: 64-bit editions of Windows 10 or 11.
  • CPU: Intel i5/Xeon technology and newer or AMD Ryzen/Threadripper and newer.
  • RAM: 8 GB required for working with multi-million poly models. (16+ GB preferred.)
  • HDD: 100 GB of free hard drive space for ZBrush and its scratch disk. (SSD drive highly recommended.)
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible. (WinTab API.)
  • Monitor: 1920x1080 monitor resolution or higher with 32-bit color.
  • Video card: Must support OpenGL 3.3 or higher and Vulkan 1.1 or higher.
  • OS: 64-bit editions of Windows 10 or 11. (32-bit operating systems are no longer supported.)
  • CPU: Core2duo or AMD equivalent with SSE2 technology or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB (6+ GB strongly recommended)
  • HDD: 8 GB of free hard drive space for ZBrush and its scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Mouse or Wacom compatible (WinTab API) pen tablet.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution with 32-bit color.
  • Video card: Must support OpenGL 3.3 or higher and Vulkan 1.1 or higher.
  • OS: mac OSX: 10.14 or above.
  • CPU: Intel i5/7/Xeon technology.
  • RAM: 8 GB required for working with multi-million polys. (16+ GB preferred.)
  • HDD: 100GB of free hard drive space ZBrush and its scratch disk. (SSD drive highly recommended.)
  • Pen Tablet: Wacom or Wacom compatible. (Carbon API.)
  • Monitor: 1920x1080 monitor resolution or higher with millions of colors.
  • Video card: Must support OpenGL 3.3 or higher.
  • OS: mac OSX: 10.14 or above.
  • CPU: Core2duo with SSE2 technology or better.
  • RAM: 4 GB (6+ GB strongly recommended)
  • HDD: 8 GB of free hard drive space for ZBrush and its scratch disk.
  • Pen Tablet: Mouse or Wacom compatible (Carbon API) pen tablet.
  • Monitor: 1280x1024 monitor resolution with millions of colors.
  • Video card: Must support OpenGL 3.3 or higher.


Official recommendation to run Houdini 19.5


Operating System - 64-bit only


Windows:  

  • Windows 11 (64bit)
  • Windows 10 (64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
  • Windows 8 (64 bit)
  • Windows 7 is NOT supported.
  • Windows Server (any version) is NOT supported.


macOS: 

  • Requires 64-bit Intel-based or Apple Silicon Mac with macOS 10.15 and higher
  • Note: on an M1 mac it is NOT supported yet but a technical preview is now available


Linux: 

  • Ubuntu 18.04+ LTS (64-bit) 
  • Debian 10.0+ (64-bit) 
  • RHEL 7+ (64-bit) 
  • Fedora 28+ (64-bit) 
  • Open SUSE 15+ (64-bit) 
  • CentOS 7+ (64-bit) 
  • Mint 19.3+ (64-bit)
  • Pop! 20.04 LTS


Houdini 19.5 and all older versions of Houdini will not run on glibc 2.34 distro's like Ubuntu 21.10+ or Fedora 35+ 

libxkbcommon-x11, libxcb-icccm4, and libxcb-render-util packages required for Linux users

If you continue to encounter Qt errors on startup, then check that you have installed the Qt required packages found here:
Qt for X11 Requirements

gcc 9.3.1 is required for HDK plugin development.


>> VFX Reference Platform Houdini 19.5 targets the CY2022 specification of the VFX Reference Platform.

Note: 32-bit operating systems are not supported

Licensing and other parts of Houdini also have these requirements.

Important: Pre-release versions of operating systems are not supported. This includes Insider Preview, alpha, betas, etc.

All platforms require administrator privileges to install.


Memory


  • 4 GB required
  • 12 GB or higher recommended and 64GB strongly recommended for fluid simulations


Processor


  • Intel or AMD x64 CPU with SSE 4.2 required. Houdini 19.5 will not run on a system with an instruction set lower than SSE 4.2.


Disk Space


  • 4.5 GB required for installation


Input Devices


  • 3 Button mouse required
  • Scroll wheel used where present
  • Wacom tablet recommended for Houdini's brush-based tools


Graphics Cards


A GL4.0 compliant graphics card is required. GL3.3 cards will have missing features and lower GL versions will not run Houdini 19.5 at all.

4GB VRAM or more is required. Less than this can result in display errors such as blank windows. High DPI displays (4K, 5K) or multiple monitors require a minimum of 4GB.

Graphics card must support OpenCL version 1.2. 

The OptiX Denoiser requires a Kepler or later NVIDIA GPU (K, P, M, V prefixes).

Karma XPU currently only supports CPU and NVidia Optix devices, with Optix being the most optimized code path in XPU. Future versions are expected to support CPU optimizations and more GPU hardware.

It is VERY important that you install the latest driver for your graphics card using the proprietary drivers direct from the card manufacturer, not the open source versions. Failing to do so may result in display issues and/or slow performance: 

Windows

- NVIDIA Quadro & GeForce GPUs: 511.09 Studio Driver or higher 

 - AMD: 21.Q4 or higher

 - Intel 30.0.100.9955 or higher.

Linux

- NVIDIA Quadro & GeForce GPUs: 511.09 Studio Driver or higher 

 - AMD: 21.Q4 or higher

 - Intel 30.0.100.9955 or higher.

NOTE: Intel cards are NOT supported on OSX.

We don't recommend any specific computer manufacturer. As long as your machine has the recommended RAM, CPU, graphics card, and VRAM, it should be acceptable for use.


Monitor


  • Minimum resolution:  1920 x 1080 or higher is recommended.
  • 4GB VRAM or higher required for dual displays or single displays greater than 1920x1200.
  • Color depth of 32-bit (“true color”) required.
  • We recommend you either select sRGB as your color profile or calibrate your monitor to gamma 2.2.


GPU Acceleration


  • On certain graphics cards, Houdini can use the GPU to dramatically increase the performance and speed of your Vellum and Pyro FX simulations.
  • In order to take advantage of this capability, you'll need a GPU capable of supporting OpenCL. Refer to the Supported Graphics Cards page.
  • The amount of VRAM your GPU has access to will limit the size of simulation that you can run on it. 4GB + is ideal for larger simulations.
  • GPU acceleration currently does NOT make use of multiple OpenCL devices (i.e. two or more graphics cards) but this may change at a future date. An exception to this is Karma XPU, which is currently in Beta.


3rd Party Licences



Official recommendation to run Blender 

Minimum
  • 64-bit quad core CPU with SSE2 support
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Full HD display
  • Mouse, trackpad or pen+tablet
  • Graphics card with 2 GB RAM, OpenGL 4.3
  • Less than 10 year old
Recommended
  • 64-bit eight core CPU
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 2560×1440 display
  • Three button mouse or pen+tablet
  • Graphics card with 8 GB RAM

Laptop For College Student Recommendation

Note whatever laptop you buy make sure they have service center near you home/work place god forbids but if some issue arise and there is no one there to fix it






Computer for Professional Blender user :


System ImageSystem Image
 

Artist Workstation

Rendering Focused

CPUIntel Core i9 12900KSAMD Threadripper Pro 5995WX
GPU(s)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB
2x NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB
RAM64GB DDR5128GB DDR4 ECC
Puget's Take
  • Great for modeling, texturing, animation, mocap, rigging, and most FX
  • Up to 2 GPUs
  • Higher CPU core count for rendering, lighting, and more demanding FX
  • Up to 4 GPUs
Price as Configured

$4,628

$16,433



Recommend Confiugration Computer System for Maya
System ImageSystem Image
 

Compact Workstation

Tower Workstation

CPUIntel Core i9 12900Intel Core i9 12900KS
GPU(s)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB
RAM32GB DDR432GB DDR5
Puget's Take
  • Small system footprint
  • Desktop-class CPU & GPU
  • Faster CPU and memory
  • More GPU, RAM, & storage options


Recommend computer System for Cineam 4d

System ImageSystem Image
 

Design & Animation

Rendering Optimized

CPUIntel Core i9 12900KSAMD Threadripper Pro 5995WX
GPU(s)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB
RAM32GB DDR5128GB DDR4 ECC
Puget's Take
  • Ideal for general Cinema4D usage
  • For artists, animators, students
  • High core count CPU for C4D renderer
  • Supports up to four GPUs for Redshift

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