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)
AMD Threadripper 3990X642.914
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.021
Intel XEON E5-2699 v4 (x2 DUAL)22 x22.224
Intel i9 7980XE182.626
Intel i9 7960X162.830
Intel i9 7940X143.134
Intel XEON E5-2687W v4 (x2 DUAL)12 x23.035
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.437
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.540
Intel i9 7920X122.943
Intel XEON E5-2650 v4 (x2 DUAL)12 x22.243
Intel i9 7900X103.346
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.847
AMD Threadripper 1920X123.550
Intel i7 7820X83.655
Intel i7 6950X103.057
Intel i9 9900K83.663
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.965
AMD Ryzen R7 2700X83.767
Intel XEON E5-2620 v4 (x2 DUAL)8 x22.167
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.669
Intel i7 8700K63.770
AMD Ryzen R7 270083.270
AMD Ryzen R7 170083.071
AMD Ryzen R7 1800X83.672
AMD Ryzen R7 1700X83.473
Intel i7 8086K63.776
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.877
Intel i7 6900K83.277
Intel i7 7800X63.578
Intel i7 5960X83.078
AMD Ryzen R5 2600X63.688
AMD Ryzen R5 260063.492
Intel i7 6800K63.494
Intel i7 6850K63.695
AMD Ryzen R5 160063.2100
AMD Ryzen R5 1600X63.3102
Intel i7 7700K44.2114
Intel i7 7740X44.3115
Intel i5 9600K63.7126
Intel i5 840062.8129
AMD Ryzen R5 1500X43.5158
Intel i5 7600K43.8166
AMD Ryzen R5 140043.2171
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X163.432
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X123.741
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X83.855
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X63.774
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X163.536
CPU Name# CoresGHzVRAY Benchmark Time (seconds)

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)
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
GPU NameVRAM (GByte)VRAY-RT Bench Time (minutes)

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.

Get the Vray Benchmark Version we use in this Article here: Download VRAY 3 Benchmark

Note: The newest Benchmark is Version 4, which you can download from the ChaosGroup Website, but those scores are incompatible with the Benchmark scores from Version 3 listed in this Article.

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.


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Alex Glawion - post author

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

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Victor Gama Sabbithi

Hi Alex, I am curious if there are any bench marks for AMD GPU’s for 3ds max and Vray. With most of AMD cards being more affordable- however I am not seeing much on bench marks – is there a reason for this?
Also, I really want to upgrade from my RTX 4000 – which tends to crash quiet a bit and has a hard time handling large scenes. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you


sorry alex…
for my last question , i wanna make it simple..
Do PCI-E Lanes Matter For GPU Rendering?
if u can help me , tell me abaut pcie x4 and x1(wifi port)
because i must choose between these 2. i dont ve thunderbolt port


hi alex
i ve a question
i want buy a cheap laptop with thunderbolt3
and buy egpu for lumion and vray rendering
as u know , egpu usally use thunderbolt 3 , x4 or x1 (wifi port)
i want to know if i buy a 3080 gpu (with huge Bandwidth), is this bandwidth very different during rendering?
as u know , x16 vs x4 or even x1 have huge different in bandwidth
thanks a alot

Mhamad Daoud Pueyo

same, I am looking every where no one tested it


Hi Alex,

I’m wondering if there’s any laptops you would recommend?
Ideally I would love to build a pc but I’m a student and could do with the ease of transport.

I’m new to figuring this stuff out and I’m not sure if I’m going overboard. I need a machine for architectural work, so interior and exterior Vray rendering, heavy Rhino modelling, and able to have multiple Adobe software open too.

I was considering getting an Alienware M17 R2 (i9-9980HK and NVIDIA RTX 2080), is it overkill (or not enough..)? I’m looking for something that will function great for the next 4 years at least. I understood your advice is to go for an Nvidia gpu, and to focus more on getting a strong gpu than a cpu.


itay alter

hi everybody,

i am considering buying a Levono AIO IdeaCenter A540 with a AMD Radeon RX560X 4 gb graphic card, its comes also with I7-9700T 8 cores. i an using Sketchup 2020 with Vray, will the radeon is a good option?


Hi everyone

My current PC is about 10 year, with and OC i7 2600K + 24GB DDR4 + GTX970

It works perfectly most of the time, but when I go for some hard rendering, is not enough.

So I’m looking for a new custom PC to last another 10 years, I’ll build it by myself, and I’m thinking about the components. The idea is to build it at the end of the year

The budget is from 2000€ to a maximum of 4000€. And the use will be 100% architecture, AutoCAD, all the Adobe suite, and rhino+vray. Since the most demanding use is vray, I want to focus on the best option for vray

I’m a bit lost trying to find the balance between CPU-GPU and price/performance

I was thinking on this 3 options


I don’t know if it makes any sense to get a high end CPU and a high end GPU since I’m going to use only one for rendering, the question is, where worths it more to spend the money? CPU or GPU?
Would it be a good idea to go even for a 3990x and a basic GPU? Or maybe a 3900x and a 2080Ti?

Any recomendations?

I’ve been doing some tests with my current computer, with the GTX970 the same render can take up to half the time than the i7 2600k

But the comparison is not fair since the processor is much older

The question is where I will get the best performance per money spent, having a look at the charts, the Ryzen 2950x (around 900€) gets a score of 40seconds. And the RTX 2080 Ti (1300€) gets a score of 51 seconds. So the processor is better value…

So if I am right, going for a ryzen 3950, 3960 or 3970 (that aren’t in the chart) would be much better than the GPUs right?

I’ll try to wait for the zen 3 and new GPUs, but I’m trying to get a base model idea to figure out the best option


Hi Alex!
I need help
CPU or GPU Render??????
I’m work in 3d Max vray. Now I’m buying new pc 800$. I’m looking at CPU Render Ryzen 7 3700x or Ryzen 7 3800x and using old GPU HD6670. Or GPU RENDER Ryzen 3 and RTX 2070. But on benchmark both is the same, they have the same 65 VRAY(-RT) Benchmark Time (seconds). So what better CPU Ryzen 7 3800x or GPU RTX 2070? What better CPU vs GPU Render time/prise?
What better Ryzen 7 3700x or Ryzen 7 3800x?


hi alex
i ve a question
im using cpu for rendering and final render
also im using gpu for ipr and live render to watch my working
1.when im using gpu for ipr,vram ll be used for ipr or vray just use gpu performance for ipr rendering?
2. i wanna know can i use cpu for ipr?
sry for my lang,tried my best
thx alex

Kenzo Tenma

Hey Alex, I’m what you call a noob in this, right now I’m building my own PC and am running on a very low budget. I used 3dsMax to model and Vray to Render. I generally render form CPU Rather than GPU. I usually run lots of Polys on my viewport and work with very big scenes since I’m an architect.

My PC build is based on the next components:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
Motherboard: AMD X570
RAM: 32gb

Now my question is, I need a cheap alternative for a GPU that will work well with this setup.
I have in mind the AMD Radeon RX 580.

What are your thoughts and what recommendations do you give?


Hey Alex, i appreciate your work on this website. But i came across it after building a PC.
I got Ryzen 9 3900X with MSI MPG X570 gaming pro carbon wifi.
Is this combination gonna last for 5, 6 years? I do rendering on this PC.