Renderjuice credits are designed to be simple and easy to understand. We do a lot of optimization in-house to ensure that things go smoothly and convert it to a digestible format (the GPU minute) to offer the best performance and cost for you.

Instead of offering a more “elusive” credit system that can come with all sorts of cost surprises when it comes time to render, our system is intended to be easy enough to do mental math with and easily approximate when placing a render.

By using GPU minutes as the base, we built Renderjuice’s incentives to match with those of our customers. To be concrete, this aligns Renderjuice’s internal motivations to make every minute spent rendering be the most performant, because by making every GPU minute more performant, everyone benefits; we’re able to trim down internal costs and in turn, help you render faster and thereby save money and time.

What is a GPU minute?

A GPU minute is simply a minute per GPU spent rendering. That means, for every minute that 10 x NVIDIA 3090s are rendering, we’ll count it as 10 minutes. We do not count time spent booting, validating, and preparing the file, the time credited for is equal to time spent rendering.

GPU Minute Pinning

We “pin” every minute spent to what we believe is the industry standard of a good GPU minute. At the moment that is the NVIDIA 3090. What’s great about this is that as newer and faster GPUs come into the market you will be able to benefit from this forward progress in the industry. For example, the NVIDIA 4090 is approximately 2X as fast as the 3090. When the 4090 becomes the industry standard, all users will be able to benefit from their GPU minute essentially becoming worth twice as much because we’ll then gradually move that pin from a 3090 to a 4090, so that every minute is then equal to the performance of a 4090.

On-Demand Budget

The on-demand budget is a tool meant to allow you to continue rendering beyond your base plan when your render warrants it. It’s helpful in scenarios where you don’t necessarily want to upgrade to the next tier of plans, but need just a little more juice to get your render(s) to finish.

Your GPU minute meter will display as a negative number when reaching into on-demand budget to clearly indicate when you’ve used up your plan’s reserved minutes.

Adjusting your budget

The on-demand budget can be easily adjusted to be decreased, increased, or completely turned off. To find this control:

  1. Navigate to the GPU Mins & Credits page
  2. Click “Edit” in the “On-Demand Budget” card.
  3. Adjust the slider to match what you need

Billing for On-Demand

On demand budgets are billed for on a daily basis at a determined price based on your plan. This helps us reduce bad actors (not you of course!) in the system where they may decide to render beyond their plan limits, but expect their billing method to fail.

On-demand Pricing

The on-demand price varies with different plans, but will typically be higher on a per-minute basis than your current plan. If you do expect to use a significant amount more than is allotted for in your plan, we highly recommend upgrading your plan to save on costs.