render farm cost calculator

The calculator compares the data about your computer to the nodes on GarageFarm. Based on the results, it calculates the time a project would take to render and how much it would cost.
  1. Select computing device
  2. Select calculation method
  3. Select CPU type and model

    TIP: If you can’t find your processor on the list, please refer to our FAQ below


What frame time should I put in?

Render a few frames on your PC and get an average of them. That's the frame time you should put in the calculator.

How to calculate cost for still images?

The calculator works with animations only. To get the cost estimation for a still, do as follows:
First, render a test image with a 1/4 or 1/8 resolution. Then, multiply the render cost you get by 16 or 64 to get the full resolution cost. Note that these type of estimates aren't accurate, especially for higher resolution images.

What if my CPU isn't on the list?

This shouldn't happen. Try looking through the list again as some models might be placed in a different category (i.e. desktop, mobile, server etc). If your model isn't on the list, select the one nearest to it.

My Mac won't show the cpu model

For Mac computers, check out this article that will help you find your CPU model "how to find your mac's exact cpu model"

Is the quote given in the calculator binding?

The estimates generated in the calculator are only there to give you a rough idea of your scenes cost. However, you should render a few test frames beforehand to get a more accurate cost estimation.

If the calculator says my scene will render 10h, is it the actual render time?

The calculator shows farm render time in a scenario where either 100, 150 or 300 nodes are used in your render job, however, that number may vary. Also, it only shows the time of the nodes when they are rendering. It doesn't include the farm queue waiting time or the scene loading time.