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Maya Monday: The Arnold GPU Public Beta with Arvid Schneider, Greyscalegorilla

The Arnold GPU public beta

The Arnold GPU public beta last week, with the release of Arnold v5.3. Arnold GPU gives artists the ability to switch between CPU and GPU rendering smoothly and easily. The renderer is based on the NVIDIA OptiX framework, for optimal ray tracing engine performance, and is optimized to run on the latest RTX server technology.

Arvid Schneider Goes Hands-on with The Arnold GPU public beta

System Requirements

Arnold GPU works on NVIDIA GPUs of the Turing, Volta, Pascal, and Maxwell architectures. Improve your performance with multiple GPUs. Also, users can connect multiple GPUs of the same architecture with NVLink to share memory. Furthermore, Autodesk recommends enabling SLI on Windows.

See the full list of supported GPUs.

Required NVIDIA drivers:

  • Linux 418.56 or higher
  • Windows 419.67 or higher
    • For GeForce, look for the creator ready drivers
  • macOS – not supported

NVIDIA Driver Downloads

Intro to OptiX

This video is a webinar replay that introduces OptiX 5, and includes the new Motion Blur and DL Denoiser. We will feature this tool in the future on a blog in a series about AI.

More about Arnold GPU

Getting Started With Arnold GPU. Foundationally, read this document from Autodesk Help support pages.

News: Arnold 5.3 with Arnold GPU Public Beta – Now Available – Arnold 5.3 offers users the first taste of Arnold GPU with a beta version, giving them the option to render on either the CPU or the GPU, for a set number of features.

What’s New in Arnold GPU, A Sneak Peek and Beta Information – For a first look, Chad Ashley and Shawn Astrom both beta tested Arnold GPU (in fact, they look like twin brothers!). Specifically, they dive into what they think of this upcoming product.

Everything to Know About Arnold GPU. Greyscalegorilla tackles some frequently asked questions about Arnold GPU. Is it faster than other renderers like Octane and Redshift? Read the article to find out! They also have a handy list of the NVIDIA cards it works with.

Arnold GPU Walk-through And First Impressions Of The Beta Release. Chad Ashley from Greyscalegorilla gives his insight into Arnold GPU.

Arnold GPU. Finally, Mike Seymour from FxGuide talks about his experience with the Arnold GPU public beta.


Autodesk Arnold Render Autodesk Arnold Render

Arnold is an advanced Monte Carlo ray tracing renderer built for the demands of feature-length animation and visual effects. It was originally co-developed with Sony Pictures Imageworks and now their main renderer. Arnold is used at over 300 studios worldwide including ILM, Framestore, MPC, The Mill and Digic Pictures.

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