I would love to hear from other users on the issue of how long it takes to render an image. I need to use Maxwell again on a project and it is taking me approximately 8 minutes to create a Maxwell Fire image to SL of 16. I took a quick look at what it would take to produce a fully rendered image at 4000x 2800 and it looks to be about 76 hours.
So here is some background information:
I have kept my Fire settings and resolution low
I have just used a simple sky dome light with a few emitter materials for lights
Multi light is turned off
I have no displacement materials
I have kept all materials simple with Fast as a suggested reference.
I have gone through all of the tricks on the internet for optimizing lighting and materials. Thanks Evan!
I mostly use default settings for my render and kept the camera simple
My machine is a dual processor Xeon 2.6 Ghz with 16 cores. 64 MB of Ram. Graphics card is benchmarked at 8500
The model was originally created in Revit and I imported it into Form.z. Then I cleaned up any errant geometry and ran object doctor on a few.
It is of a large home with mostly simple planes and solid geometry. No intricate soft modeling or tons of faceted objects.
I know that there are a lot of factors involved in estimating time for renders but I just feel that this is way too slow and would like to know if I am doing something horribly wrong here or if everyone experiences this. Any other tricks that you use to speed things along?