I must of missed it, but February seems to be national 'upgrade your OS month'? At least all the emails I've recently received around this subject suggests it is.
As I'm sure you all know 3ds Max/Design will thank you for upgrading to a 64-bit OS (Operating System). Both in terms of RAM it can address and the tasks that processors can perform. So on this note, I thought I would answer the most common question around upgrading OS's: How do I know if I can upgrade my system?
The easiest way is complete the following 5 easy steps:
- Press the Windows 'Start' button>Control Panel>System and Maintenance.
- Select 'Performance Information and Tools'.
- Navigate to the bottom of the dialogue box and select 'View and print details'.
- Under the 'System' header, there should be a '64-bit capable' option. This will say Yes or No.
You now know whether you will make your computer happy by ugrading or not. But, probably more importantly why should you do this? Well to run a 64-bit OS, your system needs to have a 64-bit-capable processor. Older machines won't be able to run this.
The above is particularily important if your thinking about setting-up or adding to an existing render-farm. You can certainly mix 64/32-bit versions within the farm. However I personally would not recommend this. The primary reason being tasks such as procedural textures may cause undesirable results. A 32-bit processor will carry this task out in a slightly different fashion to that of a 64-bit processor. As a result you may notice faintly altered results, and a subsequent flickering of frames.
If you have never setup a render-farm or are unsure of the processes involved you should have a look at the two following documents.
I hope this information helps and as always....Happy Maxing.