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Jeanne Lepetit asked ·

Redshift and Octane announced yesterday support for AMD cards on Mac OS : What about Arnold supporting Metal to run on AMD cards ?

Yesterday, Redshift and Octane announced they will release a version of their GPU renderer compatible with Metal and AMD cards (the only cards that are supported at the moment on the latest Mac OS System). Will Arnold GPU support Metal on MAC one day ? (Especially the Maya version since it's the one I use ;-)

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Ciro Cardoso answered ·

I may be wrong, but I remember listening to a CGgarage poscast where Marcos mentioned that they are looking into supporting both Nvidia and AMD GPU. That would make a massive difference in the market in particular with the Arch Viz community.

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"looking into something" is just bare minimum of activity. I don't want to be naysayer, I hope to see some beta very soon.

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Me too. I wen for a Nvidia because of the GPU, otherwise I would stay with AMD. Doing something for AMD would make Arnold one of the top selections as a renderer.

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Stephen Blair answered ·

We're looking at ways of supporting GPU rendering on Mac, but there's no ETA.

Arnold CPU should perform very well on those new Mac Pros.

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I would very much like to see GPU support on Macs. I second this proposal immediately. ;}

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Eden Soto answered ·

With AMD releasing 64C/128T CPUs for less than the cost of the baseline Mac Pro and the next round of NVIDIA RTX cards rumored to be 70% faster than the current RTX cards, it's probably time to start looking at moving to Windows machines ;)

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Next AMD GPU's also look promising, there software impemention of Metal is the bigger hurdle than hardware. Nvidia has been doing it's homework working together with software companies to implement optix. Apple has to put more effort in catching colossal gaps in Pro market, working with Solidangle on gpu Arnold seems like a good start.

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Jeanne Lepetit answered ·

Thank you Stephen for the answer ;-)

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