The point of this document is to explain the purpose of hardware rendering within Blender, as well as where hardware comes into play when speeding up render times.
This was an article I added to the CGCookie Community, but since the Community was recently integrated into the site itself, and unable to preserve the old content I felt the need to preserve the post here.
Since the first review of the AMD FX 9590, I thought it would be best to do a follow-up review since it has been some time since the first review, that happened a week after purchasing the CPU. First off, that beast of a CPU is a hefty CPU in terms of wattage, taking in a whopping 220W, but that’s not what I want to really talk about. There is a lot I want to mention, and that is about how well it works for 3D software, it’s practicality, and an overall fair review. So, let’s get back to business, and start to talk serious business.
I just now received my new Intuos Small (CTH480), and upon setting it up, I could not find how to turn off the touch pad option, and found that it didn’t come with any nibs. After searching around for the answer to how to turn off the touch pad, I came across a couple of gems I felt needed to be shared. I will share this in a single post since it is so little information, but as a new owner, spending over an hour to find these answers was a bit too much.
First, the touch option is no longer in the Wacom Preferences, like it is with the Bamboo Capture (CTH470). So for those of you reading the Wacom Forums, where people are talking about disabling USB devices, STOP. Instead of being an actual setting, the tablet has an actual switch to turn it on and off.
After learning about the switch, I found out that there were nibs! Of course, it was some place hidden, and I had even passed by them as I was switching parts around, but still did not see them. In the middle panel on the back of the tablet, is the sliding compartment, that allows to you change the canvas pen holder, and the slot to remove your nibs. If you look on that back of the compartment cover, you’ll notice some nibs attached to it.
Anyways, that is it! I know this is very elementary to many, but after searching around for an hour, and not finding anything but wrong answers, I thought it was time to populate the internet with some right answers for once. Enjoy!
I finally took the plunge, and spent a day fixing my Windows 7 Pro Windows Update, so that I could upgrade to Windows 10. I was amazed by how much I actually enjoyed the OS compared to Windows 8/8.1, but after shutting down, and starting it back up again, I realized that none of my USB devices had any power at all. Apparently this is a common issue for ASUS product users, and I’m writing this today telling you, “YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO A CLEAN INSTALL TO MAKE IT WORK”. If you know me, I’m not one to reinstall my OS. I clean it by hand, and keep it safe. I hate reinstalling apps, redoing my settings, and that’s why I have a backup of my OS drive on another drive. Anyways, let’s get to the meat of this discussion.
If you are a Blender user, you know that your CPU is just as important as your GPU, and my current CPU wasn’t cutting it anymore. So today, I finally replaced my almost two year old AMD FX 8150 8-core CPU. It’s predecessor, the 9590 “Vishera” 4.7GHz 8-core, is rumored to be the last of the FX series. I didn’t want to upgrade previously, but since it’s now said that the next generation of AMD CPUs will not really hit until 2016, I thought I might as well upgrade. You can only wait for so long before it starts to impact your work.