First, here are the specs of the machine I rendering on:
- 15.4" Macbook Pro
- Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (Bootcamp 2.1)
- 4gb Ram
- Intel Dual Core 2.4
- Quality - Medium ( I didn't feel like sitting there all day)
- Resolution - Screen (1180 x 537)
- Lighting - Exterior (Sun only)
And the results:
- Revit 2009 = 6:38
- Revit 2010 = 4:57
That is a total increase on rendering time of 1.41. I ran the test a few more times and it came out to the exact same numbers. If i did my math correct that is a 25% increase in rendering time. Therefore, if this stays constant a 1 hour render in Revit 2009 will only take 45 minutes in 2010. It is getting there... If they would only introduce multi-core support for Revit rendering...
My second test (same scene and settings except for Quality being set at Best):
- Revit 2009 = 4:5:36
- Revit 2010 = 3:10:58
Roughly, 25% increase! Looks to be constant!
Here are the images that were rendered (these are on Medium Quality):
Perhaps I will do a few more studies adding in artificial lighting and different factors. Furthermore, we have a number to spit out when the conversation about how much "faster" the new Revit is. I believe I am the first one to do a full out bench mark test and publish it. So feel free to spread it around!