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
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.

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!



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.


Alex… I’m on a tight budget. I will be working with Maya, Arnold, Vray, Autocad, Revit and InDesign. I am debating between a used HP Z820, Xeon® E5-2600 v2 processors, 12 cores, fitted with a new Nvidia Gforce RTX 2060 Super. The other more expensive option is a new system built with a Intel 8-Core i7, and a Nvidia Quadro P4000. The system built with all new parts and would cost me $1000 more than the older workstation. Should I go for the reconditioned machine over the new build? I’ve been told that I would be getting more power from the reconditioned one, for my money… any ideas?


I have been using apple products for the last ten years and have finally decided to build a PC. I work in blender and my imac really struggles with scenes that involve a lot of grass, trees, and particles. I’d really love to build something that can handle working on heavy scenes. My focus is on still images not animations. I have been saving for awhile about have $4500.00 USD saved up, I just don’t know enough about this this stuff, any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Hey Jeff,

Thanks for asking!

Your budget of $4,500 is actually too much for your use case. Here’s a maxed out single GPU build that will just cost you around $3,300:

Parts List:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($709.99)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: ASUS Pro WS X570-ACE ATX AM4 ($379.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080TI 11GB – Asus Turbo ($1,149.99)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($329.99)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($229.99)
Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 1000 P2 80+ Platinum, 1000W Power Supply ($325.22)
Case: Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Smart Case ($99.99)

The total of the build comes up to around $3,315.06 and you can expect this to be more than powerful enough to handle your Blender tasks. In addition to that, you have the option of adding more GPUs in the future should you need to. The motherboard I selected for you is capable of supporting up to 3 GPUs on a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU at x8 PCIe speeds so in the event that you want to add more GPUs, you just need to get the same RTX 2080 Ti Turbo variant from Asus, same as what I included in your parts list, so you won’t have problems stacking these GPUs on top of each other.



I am solving the dilemma of buying a new computer. I decide between two combinations

1): ryzen 9 3900x + rtx 2080 ti

2): ryzen 9 3950x + rtx 2080 super.

I can’t afford 3950x + 2080 ti because it’s already too much above my financial limit

I’m not decided if I want to render more via CPU or GPU (because I haven’t even been able to try gpu rendering yet), so I’d like to ask which opinion is more convenient. unfortunately I can’t wait for the new line of graphics cards.
I use Vray to render interiors (medium to very detailed) and exterior ones.

Thank you very much in advance for any answer.


Alex Glawion

Hey Pavel,
Even if you do hybrid rendering, the stronger GPU will get you more performance overall than having 4 extre cores on your cpu. I’d go with the 3900X + 2080Ti combination.

I am sure you’ll find the GPU Rendering in vray is quite a bit faster than cpu, and hybrid gets you an extra performance uplift.



Thank you very much for your answer. It helped me a lot.

I’m still toying with the idea of ​​waiting for the new rtx 3080, but that’s a different story :).



Dear Alex, thank you for this website – it’s super nice what you’re doing here.
I have an iMac ‘17,1’, running Win10 on 5K res, i5-6500 3.2Ghz, Radeon R9 M390, 24GB RAM, 256GB SSD an and I’m happy with it for 3d modeling.

I need a new and more powerful machine for rendering on V-Ray. Based on the benchmark above I made a configuration with two options for the main parts (information below). I hope you can tell me what you think about it and if it worth to spend 200€ more to get more CPU cores, different motherboard and GPU. On the other side if you have any suggestion please let me know. Thanks in advance and keep up with the good work here. Cheers!

– OPTION 1 MAIN PARTS (493.58€) :

Ryzen 2700X 188.00€
MSI B450 Tomahawk Max 121.88€
Gigabyte 4GB GTX1650 Super 183.70€

– OPTION 2 MAIN PARTS (702.27€) : +200€ than option 1

Ryzen Threadripper 1920X 219.90€
ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 269.00€
Zotac Geforce 6GB GTX 1660 Twin Fan 213.37€


Cooler CPU Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Duo Red
Crucial P1 SSD 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 2x8GB
NZXT H510 USB 3.1 Black
Corsair CX650

Hey Miguel,

Thanks for dropping a line!

When it comes to V-Ray rendering, you’d want to invest in a CPU with a high-core count. That said, option 2 with the Threadripper 1920X makes more sense because it has more cores (12 cores vs 8 cores) compared to the Ryzen 7 2700X. To keep costs down, you have the option of getting the same GPU from your first option for that matter. You might also want to look at the possibility of getting a Threadripper 1950X. Compared the prices of the 1950X and the 1920X and if the price difference is not too substantial, getting a 1950X with its 16 cores is your best option.


Tran Tuan Vu

May I ask a quesrion regarding my coming PC build for rendering interior and furniture
I have a tight budget ard 1500usd so I am looking at 2700x with stock cooler (200usd here in Vietnam) and 1080 ti (ard 400 usd 2nd hand) with X470 Taichi mother board (200usd). I can look for a second 1080ti but i am afraid corsair Rm1000w Psu cannot support. Is this the most effective set up?
Would it be better if i stretch my budget to get 2070 super (600usd) and 3700x (350usd) or Threadripper 1920X (also 350usd) to get the Ray-tracing feature and ryzen 3rd or more Pcie lanes.
And should I get 3600mhz cl16 ram or 3200mhz Cl16 is fine? 16gb Trident Neo 3600mhz is selling here for 120usd but 32gb of corsair vengeance pro Rrg 3200mhz is only 180usd.
Also i am thiking of getting X570 motherboard for future ryzen 4000 compatibility and Bios update (asus x579 Crosshair VIII is ard 280usd in grey marrket, x570 Taichi also same price, just 80usd more than X470 Taichi new)
Thank you very much!

Hi Tran Tuan Vu,

Thanks for asking!

In terms of CPU, you can stick with the Ryzen 7 2700X because not only is it cheaper, it also has the same performance with the Ryzen 7 3700X. If you plan on upgrading to the future 4th gen of Ryzen CPUs, then it would be best to get an X570 motherboard now. If the Asus X570 Crosshair VIII and the ASRock X570 Taichi have the same price, I suggest you get the Asus X570 Crosshair VIII. Here is an article where I talk about these motherboards: https://www.cgdirector.com/best-motherboard-for-amd-ryzen-3rd-gen/

In terms of GPU, I don’t tend to recommend the use of second hand graphics cards because you just don’t know how long you still can use them. In your case, it would be better if you stretch your budget and get the RTX 2070 Super. And if you plan on adding another GPU in the future, a 1000W PSU is more than powerful to support a dual-GPU setup. As for RAM, CL16 3200 MHz RAM sticks are fine. With your RAM choices, I’d definitely go for the Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 3200 MHz.


Tran Tuan Vu

Dear Alex!

Thank you very much!

After searching for parts based on your suggestions, I stretched by budget to 1700usd and decided on:
– 2700x (200usd)
– Aorus X570 ultra (280usd)
– 32Gb Corsair Rgb Pro (180usd)
– Aorus 2080 super (720usd used from a friend w 30 months warranty left)
– Rm1000x Psu (120usd)
Total 1500usd (200usd for other stuff like casing and fans, ssd)
The Aorus 2080 super was an impulse purchase but it s only 80usd more expensive than a new Aorus 2070 super here.

I am thinking maybe get an 3900x for 250usd more. Ha ha i am having itchy fingers.

Do you think it is worth it to invest in 3900x now? Will Vray benefit much from this CPU (assuming we already have the 2080 super)?

Alex Glawion

Hey Tran,
If you are doing vray gpu rendering, then no you won’t see a difference at all. If you are doing eith cpu rendering with vray or vray hybrid cpu+gpu rendering, then 4 extra cores and the new zen generation will give you a nice perofrmance increase. With the 3rd gen ryzen you also get increased active work speed, so things like viewport performance and overall snappiness of your work experience will improve a good bit.

Your call 😉



The AMD 1920X score is almost the same as the 3900X but PassMark shows it to be almost 50% slower. It’s also half the price. PassMark has been very accurate for me for almost 10 years so I’m inclined to trust them.

Can you explain why the 1920X results are so abnormal?

Alex Glawion

You are right that does seem weird. We will have to do some re-testing here. The 3900X should either be a good bit faster than currently or the 1920X is scoring too high.



I do not trust passmark, their results are skewed towards intel for some reason I have not worked out.


hi alex
i’ve a question
mb somebody asked thia and i could not find that.sry for asking again..
its abautcrossfirw on gpu rendering
amd didnt tell ua abaut crossfire on 5700xt
but i read on all gpu seller(asus,asrock,msi,etc..) 5700xt support crossfire
i want know vray next support croosifre or even support amd gpus for render?
i just want use gpu rendering for live resoult,not final rendering
thanks alex

Alex Glawion

Hey Gogolo,
Both crossfire or sli or nvlink are not needed for rendering on multiple gpus in a pc. Just plug them in and supported apps can use their compute capabilities. This is different from Games, because in games syncing of multiple gpus is important for frame updates, in bucket or progressive rendering being snychonized is not important. Each GPU can render their own part of the image without any input from the other gpu needed.

So yes, you can use multiple amd gpus in render engines that support rendering on AMD GPUs.

Hope this helps,


Thank you alex..
But i need to use both gpu Vram
so i need crossfire both gpu to use all 16 gb vram(2x 5700xt)
is it possible?

Alex Glawion

Hey Gogolo,
No, as far as I know, on the AMD side of things there is no prossibility to stack vram of two cards that would be fast enough to use in rendering. Nvlink is a better/faster version of SLI, so it works for nvidia, but crossfire is still not up to the task on AMD. Will have to wait what amd brings to the table soon.



Hi Alex!

1.) I use a 2060 super for rendering which is not a sli supported graphics card.
So As per what you said above. can i buy a additional 2060 super or 2070 super and get improved 2X faster render time ?

2.)My setup is 3700x+2060 S + Tomahawk Max. Will my mother board support this.

3.)Another doubt is Lumion 10 requires 11gb or more graphics memory. for best performance
So by getting a additional graphics card can i solve this requirement or it doesn’t work that way ?

4.) In the above benchmark list.Ryzen 3800x and Nvidia 2070, both complete the test in 65sec
Does that mean both provide same render performance . if not how to compare this.

Alex Glawion

Hey Janardhanan,
On the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max the second pcieslot only supports x4 pcie speeds, so you will probably have some slowdowns on the second gpu.

You most likely wont be able to stack vram with lumion, you’ll need a single powerful gpu with a high amount of vram.

The Benchmark scene used for gpu and cpu are different, so you cannot directly compare the cpu scores to the gpu scores, only the gpu scores with each other and the cpu scores with each other (other cpus).

A gpu will most likely always be faster in supported render engines than a comparibly priced cpu.



Thanks for the reply alex.. Need a like button for replies.


I need the file they use to get this results

Alex Glawion

Hey Alrayes,
Sorry about that. Chaosgroup discontinued the Benchmark we used here a year ago. But here you can still download it: http://cgdirector.com/downloads/vraybench_1.0.8_win_x64-gui.exe



Hi Alex,
I work in interior & architectural design.
I intend to start my own business, freelancing etc.
I have a Mac desktop at home but I realise that a PC is the best way to go in order to get the best all round performance.
I intend to use mainly SketchUp Pro with Vray.
Possibly AutoCAD etc and Photoshop.
I will be 2d modelling, creating layouts and want to be able to render to a decent standard.
I am new to self build PC builds, so would appreciate some advice.
Budget £2000 – £2500.
I am based in the UK.
Many thanks

Hi Tony,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

£2,000 which is around $2,600 and some change is more than enough for a powerful build to do 2D modeling and create layouts on and at the same time render to a decent standard as you put it. Please take a look at the build I put together for you:

Parts List: https://www.cgdirector.com/pc-builder/?=Db1Ff0i0jib

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz 16-Core Processor ($749.00)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 AM4 ($89.90)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite ATX AM4 ($179.99)
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB – MSI Gaming X Trio ($739.89)
Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 CL16 ($302.54)
Storage PCIe-SSD: Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive ($199.99)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series RM650x 650W ATX 2.4 Power Supply ($109.99)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 275Q ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.98)

The total of the build comes up to around $2461.28 (around £1,882.56) but you get a very capable Ryzen 9 3950X CPU working in conjunction with 64GB of RAM to ensure snappiness when you’re working actively inside the software. In addition to that, the 16 cores of the 3950X will definitely come in handy when doing your CPU rendering tasks which, by the way, love high core count CPUs like the 3950X. In case you plan on using the GPU render engines as well, the RTX 2080 Super with CUDA core acceleration has got that covered. All in all, this build is more than capable enough for your use case but the same time fit your budget and still leave you a significant amount for other peripherals.



Hi Alex,
Thanks very much for this,
Very helpful indeed! .