Points are used to order the list of projects. The more points you have the higher priority your project will have.
You will earn points by sharing your computer to help rendering. But you will lose some when someone renders one of your frames.
The calculation of points is only based on render time. How points are calculated:
3.2 * render time (in minutes) when ordering a frame.
12.5 * render time (in minutes) when rendering a frame.
* If the owner of a project renders a frame, no penality is made and it gets 30% of the adding points (The 30% penality is to avoid "farming".).
The render time is not the actual duration on your machine (since that would it would give slower machines an advantage). Instead, it's scaled to a 'reference machine', which is currently an Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz x4
. You can see the list of machine performance on the machines page
.This list is generated by rendering the same project on each machine when the computer's specs are new.
For example, a 100 frame long project at 15min/frame(on the reference machine), the owner will lose 18,750
No matter which computer the frame is rendered on, it will earn the same amount of points.
200% machine: 100 * 2.0 * 7.5 * 12.5 = 18,750
25% machine: 100 * 0.33 * 45 * 12.5 = 18,750This system is made to be fair, previously it was with weight on each frame and the other on duration, but it was actually unfair because it was based on the number of frames rendered and not on time spent.