3 answers · asked · LiveStream: Creating Simple Eevee Environments in Blender - Tutorial Series Part 2

Eevee view port poor performance when using bump node?

I have tried to follow along your tutorial on this stream from part 1. But, when it comes to applying bump node as you explained in this part 2 for the leaf, the eevee view port becomes extremely slow and unresponsive. The problem goes away when I disconnect bump node. How does that happen? I’m using blender 2.81a on mac.

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    What's the specs of your Mac? Eevee can slow down considerably with older / lower powered GPUs. My wife's 2017 MacBook Pro for example runs eevee poorly.

    • Yes, that could be the reason then. Mine is MacBook Pro  Late 2013. Thank you very much for this enlightening.

    • I'm not sure about that. Something very fundamental in Eevee changed greatly between 2.8 and 2.81. I have several scenes which work flawlessly on 2.8 in Eevee render, and in Look Dev on both Cycles and Eevee, but on v2.81 the viewport grinds to a halt in Eevee render and Material Preview on both Cycles and Eevee.
      This is on a Ryzen 5 1600x with a GTX 1660Ti.

      I haven't been able to understand why this is happening so I cannot offer a fix. In fact, I have had to resort to doing all my work on 2.8 and only opening 2.81 when it's time to render to take advantage of the new denoising.