A single-threaded task within 3ds Max, 3D modeling is the process of building up meshes, extruding polygons, and manipulating vertices. If you primarily use 3ds Max for modeling, then don’t waste money on a dual CPU workstation with dozens of CPU cores. Those extra CPU cores won’t provide any benefit. 3D modeling only takes advantage of one processing core, so single-CPU, 3ds Max recommended hardware like the professionally overclocked BOXX APEXX S3 or APEXX A3 will work much better and provide maximum ROI for your modeling budget.
3D animation has many similarities to a 3D modeling centric workflow as both are single-threaded tasks. And (like 3D modeling) if animation is your primary task, multiple CPU cores will be of little use. These types of tasks are “frequency bound” because software performance is tied to the frequency of the CPU. 3ds Max workstations with a high CPU clock speed are ideal for animation workflows, so BOXX 3ds Max recommended hardware includes the single socket, professionally overclocked APEXX S3 or APEXX A3.
Unlike 3D modeling and animation, rendering your 3D assets is a highly multi-threaded process, so the more CPU cores you have in your system, the better. Rendering is also computationally intensive so it should be offloaded. The purpose of 3ds Max workstations is to create and maintain productivity, which comes to a halt when you tie up your system with rendering final frame animation sequences.
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