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Advice on upgrading from 2017 Deluxe to 2018 Pro Plat
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June 28, 2018, 04:09:30 PM
Hello Everyone,

I am in the midst of talking my new boss into upgrading to Pro Platinum 2018. But I am a little concerned that I make this upgrade but my computer is not enough for it. My computer currently is very slow when rendering to the best quality and uses 100% CPU when rendering. Below are my computer specs (Not sure if you would need anything else?) I am hoping that i wont need to spend any more money on the computer itself but Im not sure. Help please

Processor Intel(r) Core (TM) i7-6700 CPU@3.40GHz 3.41GHz
Installed RAM 20.0GB
System Type 64-Bit
I have also installed a Nvidia Quardo K620 2GB Graphics Card


Using Plat Pro 2018
Windows 10 - 64-bit
Nvidia K620
But still slow :(

* June 28, 2018, 04:29:17 PM
Why you dont just take down and test a trial of TC 2018 PP ??, then you can see how it works on your pc


V18, V19, V20, V21, 2015/ 16/ 17/ 18 Pro. Platinum
Deluxe V20, V21, 2015/ 16/ 17
RedSDK enabled
Windows 10 Home Premium 64 bit, 32 GB
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 780m, 1 GB

* June 28, 2018, 05:25:41 PM
Adding to Torfinn's post.  A few words of caution,  if you open any existing files in the 2018 trial, make sure you immediately use 'Save-As' and save under a new name, (or copy the existing file in windows explorer before opening in 2018). 

It has happened in the past, where people have tested a new version and accidentally saved an existing file, thus preventing it from opening again in previous TC versions.

I would expect your system to cope, though I've never owned a Quadro card.  But note, 2018 does not include RedSDK (its a plug-in now).  so materials / rendering in Lightworks will be a bit different to what you are used to.   some people prefer Lightworks).


June 28, 2018, 07:24:55 PM
I expect that the rendering engines are pretty much identical, so the only problem you should encounter will be in the handling of ACIS Solid objects, especially if you have the Part Tree active (aka ACIS History).

Also, you may want to consider keeping the Faceter Quality at the default setting (50) and only increasing it for final results.  This can be changed at any time, in either direction.

Also also, you can, of course, change the default object creation to TC Surface or SMesh by selecting the object type you want to create and then opening the Properties popup menu (Ctrl-F is the easiest way).


TC Pro Platinum 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 (all with LightWorks & RedSDK) & V21
System: i7-5820K @ 3.30GHz, ASRock X99 Extreme4, 16GB DDR4-2133 RAM, Gigabyte GTX 970, Samsung NVMe SSD 950 (256GB), Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) SP1

July 16, 2018, 11:15:54 AM
Thanks for all the replies :)
I have bit the bullet and upgraded :)
Yeah so looking forward to all the new problems I will come across :) hahahahahah


Using Plat Pro 2018
Windows 10 - 64-bit
Nvidia K620
But still slow :(