VRAY Benchmark & CPU + GPU Scores (Updated Results)

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VRAY Benchmark & CPU + GPU Scores (Updated Results)

Chaos Groups VRAY Benchmark is an extremely popular Benchmark, as it can Benchmark your Processor as well as your Graphics Card.

It is also great for comparing GPU render speed to CPU render speed, as the underlying VRAY Render Engine can use the same Scene Data.

If you are thinking of building a Computer for 3D Modeling or would like to see what GPU does best in VRAY-RT or what CPU is best for your rendering needs, this benchmark is the way to go.

VRAY Benchmark Results (CPU)

Apart from the XEON Dual CPUs, these are all single CPU Results.

= AMD   |  = Intel

CPU Name# CoresGhzVRAY Benchmark Time (seconds)
CPU Name# CoresGHzVRAY Benchmark Time (seconds)
Intel i9 9900K83.663
Intel i7 8086K63.776
Intel i7 8700K63.770
Intel i7 7740X44.3115
Intel i9 7900X103.346
Intel i7 7700K44.2114
Intel i9 7940X143.134
Intel i9 7920X122.943
Intel i9 7980XE182.626
Intel i9 7960X162.830
Intel i7 7800X63.578
AMD Ryzen R7 2700X83.767
Intel i7 5960X83.078
AMD Ryzen R5 2600X63.688
Intel i7 7820X83.655
Intel i5 7600K43.8166
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.540
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.021
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.877
AMD Threadripper 1920X123.550
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.437
AMD Ryzen R7 270083.270
AMD Ryzen R5 260063.492
AMD Ryzen R5 1600X63.3102
Intel i5 840062.8129
AMD Ryzen R7 1800X83.672
Intel i7 6850K63.695
Intel i7 6900K83.277
AMD Ryzen R5 1500X43.5158
Intel i7 6950X103.057
Intel i7 6800K63.494
AMD Ryzen R5 160063.2100
AMD Ryzen R7 1700X83.473
Intel XEON E5-2687W v4 (x2 DUAL)12 x23.035
AMD Ryzen R7 170083.071
AMD Ryzen R5 140043.2171
Intel XEON E5-2650 v4 (x2 DUAL)12 x22.243
Intel XEON E5-2620 v4 (x2 DUAL)8 x22.167
Intel XEON E5-2699 v4 (x2 DUAL)22 x22.224
Intel i5 9600K63.7126
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.847
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.965
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.669

VRAY-RT Benchmark Results (GPU)

Scaling with lots of GPU is not linear anymore, as we can see here, the benchmarking time with 2x, 4x, 8x 1080 TIs does not scale well.

All of these Benchmarks are tested with an i7 8700K except for the Multi GPU Benchmarks.

GPU NameVRAM (GByte)VRAY-RT Bench Time (seconds)
GPU NameVRAM (GByte)VRAY-RT Bench Time (minutes)
NVIDIA Quadro P10004291
NVIDIA GTX 10502228
NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti4205
NVIDIA Quadro P20005166
NVIDIA GTX 10606114
NVIDIA GTX 16606113
NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti6105
NVIDIA Quadro P40008103
NVIDIA Quadro P50001699
NVIDIA GTX 1070885
NVIDIA RTX 2060681
NVIDIA GTX 1080880
NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti875
NVIDIA RTX 2070865
NVIDIA Quadro P60002464
NVIDIA RTX 2080861
NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti1156
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti1151
2x NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti1130
4x NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti1119
8x NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti1116

Download VRAY Benchmark here

The VRAY Benchmark is free to use and will put your Graphics Card as well as your Processor through a series of Rendering Tests.

Go get it here: Download VRAY Benchmark

How to read these Scores

Lots of other Rendering Benchmarks, such as Octane or Cinebench, assign a Score to the Benchmarking Result.

VRAY though just tells you the time, that your Processor or Graphics Card took to render the Benchmark Scenes. Of course, the shorter the time it took, the better.

Because GPU Rendering Speed relies so much on various factors such as PCIe-Lanes, CPU Clock Speed and Number of Cores, it is important to note, that all of the here listed GPU Benchmarking times were taken with an Intel i7 8700K CPU.

If you have a different CPU, it might be, that your Benchmark Score Results can be off a few seconds or even minutes, depending on your setup.

In general, it’s better to get a high clocking CPU, that doesn’t necessarily need lots of Cores, to make the GPUs render at the maximum possible performance.

VRAY Benchmark does not Scale well in low-time Scores

We can see this in many Benchmarks when your hardware is just too fast and the Benchmark Result converges towards the lowest possible time one can reach, the VRAY Benchmark too does not scale well anymore.

In this benchmark, I would say anything that is below 20 seconds, cannot be relied upon that well. There are things like benchmark startup time, bucket to core distribution time, and Buckets that are not split up at the end of the Benchmark, that can distort the Benchmark.

CPU vs GPU Rendering in VRAY Benchmark

Often I am asked, what is better: CPU or GPU rendering?

As always, there is no definite answer and it kind of depends on what you want to render.

The great thing about GPU Render Engines is, that you get extremely fast or even Live Feedback, and can iterate and tweak your Settings much faster and therefore more often than when rendering on the CPU. More iterations usually result in better and higher quality end results.

This though only works, if you don’t need any kind of effects that either don’t work well on the GPU or take long to prepare, like huge displacements, Motion Blur, or Meshes that are so big, they or the Scene don’t fit into your VRAM. If you have to swap to System RAM, things get slower.

There were times when GPU Render Engines were just not mature enough and lacked many of the features that CPU Render Engines offered.

But nowadays, this argument is not valid anymore. GPU Render Engines such as VRAY-RT, Octane, Redshift, Furryball and many others have reached the same level as CPU Render Engines and have even overtaken them in some instances.

VRAY Benchmark Results: Interesting Findings

There are some highly interesting findings in the Results of these Benchmarks.


AMD Ryzen R7 1700: Take a look at how close The Ryzen 8 Core CPUs are to each other. The Ryzen R7 1700 is even faster than the supposedly superior 1700X with a higher base clock. The Same situation can be found with the Ryzen 1600 vs the 1600X with the 1600 being faster than its superior big brother.

Intel i7 8700K: This Intel 6-Core CPU scores even higher than the superior i7 8086K that is supposed to have a higher Turbo-Boost Clock up to 5GHz.


Take a look at how the 1080 Tis Multi-GPUs scale. It seems as though the more GPUs you add, the less performance you get per GPU.

This is probably though because of how the benchmark is set up, as the Benchmark times get extremely short towards the top end of the VRAY-RT Multi-GPU Benchmark Results. If Chaos Group were to lengthen the Benchmark, I suspect the Timings would scale much better.

NVIDIA Titan V: One Titan V seems to be the same Speed as two NVIDIA 1080 Tis.

NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti: This Graphics Card is excellent in this benchmark. It even surpasses the superior and more expensive GTX 1080.


What GPU & Computer are you buying and building?

Alex from CGDirector - post author

Hi, I'm Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I've built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I'll do my best to help out!



Hi Alex,
I’ve been caught between having Ryzen 3700X over the 3600 on an X570 mobo. Here are the other components in my list: Radeon RX 5700 XT, Aorus M.2 PCIE 4.0, 32Gb 3200MHz RAM and 850W 80+ Gold PSU. Is this build okay for 3D rendering and video editing?

Thank you.

Hey Louie,

Thanks for asking!

First off, if I may ask, how much are you willing to spend for this build?

If you have the means, I suggest that you go for the Ryzen 7 3700X to make your build more powerful. Plus, a 3700X CPU working with 32GB of RAM will ensure that your workflow is fast and smooth when you are doing your video editing tasks.

Now, you mentioned you will be using the build for rendering. To answer your question, it depends on what type of render engine you will be using. If you will be doing CPU rendering, the Ryzen 7 3700X is a good fit given that it has a high core count. GPU rendering on the other hand is a different matter. While the Radeon RX 5700 XT is a very capable GPU, some GPU renderers only support CUDA found in NVIDIA GPUs. If such is the case, you’re better off getting an RTX GPU such as the RTX 2060 or the RTX 2070, depending on what fits your budget. Other than that, I see no other issues with your build so go for it!


Nuno Moreira

I am from Portugal and looking to build a workstation to work in the architecture area, which includes CAD software (AutoCAD), BIM (Revit), rendering software such as 3D studio max, Cinema 4D, using for example v-ray, still Photoshop …without looking at budget, what do you recommend me?

if i set a budget between 2500 € and 3000 €, what do you recommend me?

Ryzen 3900X it’s the best choice?

And what gpu do you recommend?

Sorry my english.

Hi Nuno,

Thanks for asking!

A budget of around €2,500 (approximately US$2,775) is more than enough for a well-rounded build that can handle your use case. With that amount of money, you can get a build with specs like the below:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8GHz 12-Core Processor ($493.84)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 AM4 ($74.90)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4 ($184.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 TI 11GB – MSI Gaming X ($1249.00)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($319.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($214.44)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($103.97)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99)

The total comes up to around US$2716.12 (approximately €2,450) but this build has a Ryzen 9 3900X CPU working in conjunction with a whopping 64GB of RAM to ensure that your workflow is always fast and smooth. Not only that, the high-core count of the 12-core 3900X CPU will come in handy in case you need to do some CPU rendering.

In terms of GPU, this build has an absolute beast of a GPU with its RTX 2080 TI graphics card with CUDA core acceleration. This enables the RTX 2080 Ti to deliver an exceptional performance in case you plan on using the GPU render engines. All in all, this build is more than powerful enough for whatever task you may throw at it!


Nuno Moreira

thanks Alex,

best regards


Hi Alex
i ‘e one last question
i read this benchmark = https://www.cgdirector.com/cinema-4d-viewport-performance-benchmark-scores/
and i want to know witch one make smooth viewport?(for fix lag..smooth,, or etc)
in fact i want to know what is graphic card dutyin 3d max?just for gpu rendering or have other duty(just in 3d max and just for solid works.not animations)
because if it is true, i can buy just 9900ks and work with inside gpu and render with cpu

For more explanation…
i dont need ipr or live rendering to much.even 1650 or 1660 is enough for me
i just want to know something like 9900k without outside gpu or ryzen 3950x with 1650 gpu is good for design or not
Ty alex

Thanks !


HI Alex,
Your reviews are very helpfull indeed.
I want to ask you something.
I am working on sketchup and Vray on mac pro 2018 I7 2.6ghz with gpu 560 and intel uhd 630.
I am planning to buy a egpu with nvidia rtx2070. to help me work better also rendering.
Do you think i’ll get good results or i better wait and buy a new computer 3900x+2070???


sry alex.. i forget this
can i use 5700 xt for rendering ?
cus i didnt see this gpu in ur list
i read something in sites .they said i can use with opencl
but idk abaut this
can u explane for me?is this hard to use or not?
3dmax have prob with using this gpu?
thank you


Hi Alex..
U ve Great and very usefull website for designer
i want to buy rendering pc for architect.i work with solid object(like buildings,cars,trees,chairs and etc)
in fact , i wont work with animition,so i think i ve to buy cpu rendering pc
but if i buy gpu rendering pc with same render speed,i can save almost 200$
first question ,whats ur suggestion ?buying cpu rendering or gpu rendering?
i ‘e plan to buy x570 motherboard for pcie 4 because m.2 ssd gen 4
it give me 5000mb read speed and its good for rendering.but pcie 3 give me 3500 mb top
so i can buy for example : ryzen 3900x with 1660 super
or : 2060 super with ryzen 3200g
but sure plan 1 is better but idk when i work with huge projects with to much object what happning in viewport.
i ve lag in viewport with 1660 super or not?
cus if i dont have lag i ll go for buy plan 1
and my sec question..
if i buy 2060 super with almost 60 sec render time
For example, if during render Vram memory going full and the 3dmax uses system RAM, What percentage render time Increase?


Greetings Alex,

First, thank you for your amazing work. Your website’s it’s a total reference for me in term of information about computer gear and tech for 3D.

I wanted to ask you a few questions.

1) Can you confirm that you used the exact same scene (models, lights, etc.) for both: the CPU Rendering benchmark and the GPU rendering benchmark?

2) So assuming for the CPU and GPU Benchmark it’s the exact same scenes and setup, let’s make a quick comparison:
•CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (47 seconds/500$)
•CPU AMD Ryzen R7 2700X (67 seconds/315$)
•GPU NVIDIA RTX 2070 (65 seconds/550$)
•GPU NVIDIA RTX 2080 (61 seconds/800$)

Observation: At the end it’s still cheaper to go for a CPU render build, and faster too!
An AMD Ryzen 9 3900X render faster than an RTX 2070 and 2080 and it’s less expensive.

Can you confirm or non-confirm my observation please?

3) I am planning to go for a CPU build, but it is okay to buy a very cheap GPU like an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1 GB DDR3 or an MSI GeForce GT 710 2GD3H LP?
My goal it’s to buy a top CPU and the cheapest GPU possible, and then after few months of sparing money upgrading for an RTX 2070.

Best Regards,

Hi Igor,

Thank you for the kind words – appreciate it!

The scenes used in the CPU Rendering and GPU Rendering benchmarks are entirely different scenes. One is optimized for CPU rendering while the other is optimized for GPU rendering. You can’t compared the two in any way. The Vray CPU feature set is larger than on gpu and if we used only gpu supported features and compared cpu to gpu on the same scene, the gpu would win by a large margin.

Going the GPU route is the right thing to do for speed nowadays, unless you need specific features that are only supported on the cpu. Here are the supported features listed: https://docs.chaosgroup.com/display/VRAY4MAX/V-Ray+GPU+Supported+Features

That said here are some vray benchmarks compared directly on the same scene:

3900X – 114 Score
2080 Ti – 342 Score
2070 Super – 246 Score
2060 Super – 225 Score



Thank you for your Answer Alex,

I read in a web article that GPU is inferior to CPU in terms of rendering quality. For complex scenes, it butchers the lights and Ambient Occlusion.

Imagine for instance a room, with a folded blanket. The render by GPU would miss all the shadows and Ambient Occlusion between the cracks and wrinkles of the blanket, whereas the CPU not.

This article was written by Corona Render, it is a very well article with a lot of examples: https://corona-renderer.com/features/the-cpu-advantage

Can you read this article, please?
I know GPU rendering it’s the new thing, but perhaps not in term of quality?

PS: I am interested in 3D in an Archiviz context.

Michael R.

Hi Alex,

thanks for your great work! I am thnink about rtx 2070 and i9 9900k – which motherboard is the best for these two? Can u recommend me something, please? Or another variant instead rtx and i 9?




Hi Alex,
Like to ask 2 points

1) Motherboard – ASUS Prime Z390-A ATX 1151 does it support the 10gig network card?

2) Will, it has wi-fi inbuild? If not, can I install a wi-fi card?

if there is any alternation to Motherboard with the above features which support Intel i9 9900k CPU.

Thank you.


Hi am an architecture student and i would like to start rendering more effectively and so confused on which is the best mini workstation or computer should i by with a budget of $1300 this is what i have saved so far….i have been thinking of hp z2 g4 mini workstation but i dont know what are the best specs to look for …..please be on my budget as you give me the the computer specs to look for that i can purchase please for 3ds max vray rendering ,thanks

Hi Moses,

Thanks for dropping a line!

Personally, I don’t recommend buying a pre-built PC or even a user-configured workstation for that matter because you tend to pay more for the specs you are getting with these computers. This is the case as well with the customizable HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation.

That said, I put together a build based on your $1300 designed specifically for what you need the workstation for. Please see below:

Your Custom 3D Modeling & Animation Build: (https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Bp1Cc0h0lke)

Parts List:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($234.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition AM4 ($36.99)
Motherboard: MSI MPG x570 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 ($169.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2060 6GB – MSI Gaming ($349.99)
Memory: 32GB (2 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 CL16 ($134.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB M.2 Solid State Drive ($117.76)
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series CX550 550W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($69.99)
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($120.57)

Total: $1235.27

Generated by CG Director PC Builder on 7/10/2019 @ 2:34:49

The total of the build comes up to around $1235.27 and for that price, you already get a good Ryzen 5 3600X CPU that can deliver task responsiveness when you’re working actively inside the software. In addition to that, you also get an NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card with support for CUDA core acceleration for better rendering especially if you plan on using the GPU render engines. All in all, you get a good workstation within your budget that will perform better than what you can get for the same price if you go for the branded HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation.

Also, you may want to check out the site’s PC Builder Tool for other build recommendations based on your budget and use case scenario. You can find it here: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/



Wow thank you so much …..am so happy to know this now i am going to build my own pc from scratch with specs you gave ….May God bless you for your help and thanks again