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The AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-ins for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Maya®, and Blender™ have been updated with a new Material Library, UI improvements, and some key new features.

 

Radeon ProRender is our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine, integrated into Maxon Cinema 4D™ R20 and available as a free plug-in for many popular digital content-creation applications.

 

Along with the just-released plug-in for PTC Creo® and Real-Time Viewport Ray Tracing in the Radeon ProRender SDK for developers, we’ve also updated our plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya, and Blender. Read on to learn more about what’s new.

 

Updated Material Library

Our Radeon ProRender 3ds Max, Maya, and Blender plug-ins have always included a material library optimized for use with our renderer and now we’re both updating and separating it into its own installer on macOS® and Windows®.

 

We’ve added many new materials, expanding the total number included to 300+, and all the materials now use the Radeon ProRender Uber shader so they’re easy to use as starting points for your own materials.

 

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The separate installer means that you only need to install the material library once even if you use multiple Radeon ProRender plug-ins, and this also makes it easier for us to update materials independently from the plug-ins.

 

On Linux®, our updated Blender plug-in still comes with an integrated material library and it has been updated with the new Uber shader-based materials. We do plan to offer a separate installer for Linux at a later date.

 

Improved Radeon ProRender Settings UI

Along with the abovementioned new material library, our plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya have some big quality of life improvements made to the Radeon ProRender UI, with the render settings reorganized to make Radeon ProRender easier to use. For example, the rendering device and samples can be separately set for viewport and final rendering.

 

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Sequence Rendering and Out-of-Core Texture Cache

One of the most asked for features by our users is support for sequence rendering to create animations, and we’ve added this to our plug-ins for Maya and Blender. Additionally, we’ve added and out-of-core texture cache settings to improve the viewport rendering performance of scenes with many textures.


More Updates to the Plug-In for Blender

Together with the updates above, we’ve also added quite a few additional new features to our plug-in for Blender. To start, we’ve made viewport rendering significantly more responsive by displaying viewports natively in OpenGL®. We’ve also added per-light AOVs, allowing you to separate lighting by type to independently control light values when compositing your render.

 

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Lastly, we’ve added nodes for procedural UV mapping to make texture mapping of basic objects simpler and the Uber shader has been updated with “sheen” settings making it easier to render cloth in Radeon ProRender.

 

Radeon ProRender Development Roadmap

In addition to the updated plug-ins, we are also publishing our development roadmap for Radeon ProRender, listing the features scheduled to be added in the next quarter. This includes hair support, volumes support, and machine learning denoising. Of course, anything shown on this roadmap is subject to change without prior notice.

 

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Available Now

The updated Radeon ProRender plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya1, and Blender are available now. For more information about all the new features, along with a list of issues that have been fixed, check out the release notes for the 3ds Max, Maya, and Blender plug-ins and download them from the link below.

 

DOWNLOAD THE PLUG-INS NOW

 

To provide feedback or report any issues please join our AMD Radeon ProRender Community.

 

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

 

To discuss AMD Radeon ProRender with other users you can also join the Radeon ProRender Discord.

 

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

Footnotes:

  1. Updates and new features not available in the AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Maya® plug-in for Linux®

 

Attribution:

© 2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, 3dsMax, and Maya are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Blender is a registered trademark of the Blender Foundation in EU and USA. Cinema 4D is a registered trademark of MAXON Computer. macOS is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. OpenGL® and the oval logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. PTC and Creo are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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[Originally posted on 11/14/18]

 

Today, we are releasing our latest quarterly AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver, 18.Q4, which includes the new Day Zero Application Certification program, updates to the Remote Workstation feature introduced with the 18.Q3 driver (including support for more AMD Radeon™ Pro WX graphics cards), expansion of our unified “One Driver” with support for AMD Radeon™ Graphics, and productivity boosts for enterprise professionals with performance improvements in some key applications.

 

Additionally, there are updates to Radeon™ ProRender, our powerful physically-based rendering engine – we are adding real-time viewport ray tracing to the Radeon™ ProRender SDK for developers and the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for PTC® Creo® is now available.

 

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Day Zero Certification Program

All our Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers are designed to be certification ready, and today we are introducing our Day Zero Certification Program, which means many professional applications will be certified before the latest enterprise driver is released 1. That means professionals can enjoy the latest features and improved performance of a newly posted enterprise driver along with the benefits of certification on the day the driver is released.

 

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Enhanced Remote Workstation Features

With the remote workstation IP built into AMD Radeon™ Pro Software you can access the full GPU-accelerated experience of your AMD Radeon™ Pro WX graphics card from virtually anywhere using Citrix® XenDesktop® 7.15+ 2 and Microsoft® Windows® Remote Desktop Services (RDS). With the 18.Q4 driver, we’ve expanded support to include the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100, WX 5100, and newly released WX 8200 (in addition to the originally supported WX 7100 and WX 9100).

 

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Simplified “One Driver” Deployment for ALL

Our customers say that for every enterprise user that creates content with professional graphics cards there are approximately ten who consume that content with consumer graphics cards 3. Because of this, we are now including AMD Radeon™ graphics support in the downloadable Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 unified driver package to bring many of the benefits of Radeon™ Pro Software, such as stability and better security, to knowledge workers.

 

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Performance Improvements

When compared to last year’s 17.Q4 driver (for both Media and Entertainment and Design and Manufacturing workflows), Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 has up to 13 percent better performance in PTC® Creo® 4, up to 67 percent in Autodesk® Maya® 5, and up to 89 percent better performance in SPECviewperf® 13 Medical-02. 6

 

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Real-Time Viewport Ray Tracing

For more realistic views of designs in professional application viewports, Radeon™ ProRender Real-Time Viewport Ray Tracing takes advantage of the speed of rasterization combined with the visual benefits of ray tracing and is now available in the Radeon™ ProRender SDK for developers to integrate into their application. Contact your AMD ISV Alliance manager for details.

 

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Radeon™ ProRender for PTC® Creo®

Our new freely available plug-in enables designers and engineers to quickly and easily create incredibly rendered visualizations of their products when using PTC® Creo®. It also enables easy exporting of designs to Unreal® Engine for VR visualization when used with the AMD Radeon™ ProRender Game Engine Importer.

 

 

Download AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4

 

Download the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for PTC® Creo®

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5

 

Footnotes:

  1. Targeted applications for the Day Zero Certification Program include Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Lightroom®, Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Inventor®, Revit®, Maya®, 3ds Max®, MotionBuilder®, Mudbox®, Fusion 360™, SIEMENS Solid Edge®, NX™, Teamcenter®, Tecnomatix®, SideFX Houdini™, Bentley Systems® MicroStation®, ContextCapture®, LumenRT®, MSC Software Apex®, Marc®, SimXpert®, Patran®, ANSYS® Discovery™ AIM®, CFX®, HFSS, Q3D Extractor®, Maxwell®, Simplorer®, Twin Builder™, SIwave™, EnSight™, Fluent®, ICEM CFD™, Icepak®, Mechanical™ , Mechanical™ APDL, Meshing™, Polyflow®, SpaceClaim® Direct Modeler, TurboGrid™, and DesignModeler™. Applications listed are targeted for certification and certification may be pending.
  2. Citrix® XenDesktop® license required.
  3. Based on AMD customer interviews.
  4. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 is up to 13% faster in PTC® Creo® 4.0 than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Oct 25, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Benchmark Application: OCUS PTC® Creo® 4 Graphics Related tasks TOTAL (results in seconds, lower is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 score: 220 sec. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 195 sec. Performance Differential: (220-195)/195*100 = ~12.82% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-38
  5. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 is up to 67% faster in Autodesk® Maya® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Oct 25, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 maya-05. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 score: 151.11. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 252.19. Performance Differential: (252.19-151.11)/151.11*100 = ~66.89% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-39
  6. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 is up to 89% faster in SPECviewperf® 13 medical-02 than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Oct 25, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 medical-02. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 score: 34.75. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 score: 65.80. Performance Differential: (65.80-34.75)/34.75*100 = ~89.35% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-40

 

Attribution:

© 2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, and Maya are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. PTC and Creo are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other jurisdictions. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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[Originally posted on 01/27/17]

 

How today’s professionals and enterprise workstation users work is rapidly changing. Working remotely regularly is more common place and the adoption of new technologies is transforming CAD/engineering, visualization and prototyping, and content creation workflows. One tool that is an effective solution to help improve productivity and creativity is video capture. Using video to communicate ideas can help with collaboration, accelerates decision-making, enhances training, and improves customer communication.

 

Despite its obvious benefits, up until now incorporating video capture into professional workflows has been challenging, with existing solutions either not being designed for workstation use or having too high of a performance penalty. That changed with the release of Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition last month, which includes Radeon Pro ReLive software that enables GPU-accelerated capturing and recording of professional workflows with minimal performance impact.

 

 

With AMD’s release of the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1, Radeon Pro ReLive is now also available for users who require the performance, stability, and rock-solid reliability of our Enterprise Software along with the ability to capture their workflows for collaboration, presentation, training, and customer support.

 

These are the four key use cases of Radeon Pro ReLive we believe benefit workstation users the most, and we’d like to take you through each of these in more detail to show the benefits that our video capture solution, including its minimal impact on performance, can bring to your workflows.

 

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Collaboration

Sharing ideas through collaboration is critical to the success of any creative endeavor, and video has become the ubiquitous medium for communicating ideas in the post-information age internet-based video sharing platforms. When working with others, video is often the most concise way to communicate your ideas — by using Radeon Pro ReLive to capture your workflow, you can enhance your colleagues’ understanding of what you hope to achieve and make it easy for them to help you when you come up against any roadblocks, accelerating the creative process.

 

A great example of how Radeon Pro ReLive can be used with a workstation media and entertainment application such as Autodesk® Maya®, would be to use ReLive to capture a short video highlighting all the main points of some new attributes you added to an animation so you can more effectively communicate your vision to your team, instead of having to explain it with text and screenshots in an email.

 

Because ReLive gives you up to 129 percent faster performance in Maya when recording at 60fps than when recording at 30fps with a screen capture application like TechSmith Camtasia1, your colleagues will be able to view your work with negligible quality or performance degradation. Similarly, if you are a designer working with a CAD solution such as Siemens® NX™, you’ll also find that ReLive enables much better performance (up to 148 percent2) when capturing compared to Camtasia.

 

Presentation

Effectively presenting your work to your company’s decision makers or to customers to update them on its progress is also an integral part of any project, and video can often be the most effective way to do this. With its ability to record audio and add a voiceover for additional explanation, using Radeon Pro ReLive to create the video for your presentation will allow for better decisions to be made, fast.

 

Complex detailed designs in applications like Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS® can require a lot of system resources and if you want to record a video of your design to show to your senior management you’ll want to use a tool that nominally affects your PC’s performance; Radeon Pro ReLive allows for up to 196 percent better performance in SOLIDWORKS when compared to Camtasia.

 

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Training

In any organization that produces physical products designed with CAD solutions, you’ll find that the majority of users simply need to view the CAD data, rather than have full access to the design software itself. At the same time, when sharing that data, you still want to be showing the actual original product design, rather than a less-detailed representation.

 

What better way to do this than to use Radeon Pro ReLive to record a video of the product that can be viewed on virtually any device instead of having users open the actual CAD files, which would require additional (and costly) application licenses? When working in the media and entertainment industry, ReLive can be used to record a particularly complex visual effect workflow so additional artists can be trained to duplicate it. The ReLive video capture of a product can also be used to help train external parties by showing them the actual product designs, too.

 

In addition to being able to record audio for a voiceover, Radeon Pro ReLive can also capture the output from your webcam in a repositionable and resizable window that can be used to add a human presence to the training videos you create.

 

Customer Support

Using Radeon Pro ReLive to provide customer support is a similar use case to training, in that you can capture and create videos to help with troubleshooting. But when it comes to support, it’s a two-way street, and to effectively resolve an issue the customer also must be able to clearly communicate what the problem is. If they are also using Radeon Pro Software, they can record the issue with ReLive and share the video so the problem can be quickly identified and the case can be closed. Again, the option to be able to record audio and a webcam overlay can allow customers to better communicate their problem to your support team.

 

Easy In-App Capturing of Professional Workflows

As is evident from the above, Radeon Pro ReLive, AMD’s powerful professional-grade solution for high-resolution screen capture and recording, is the ideal tool for workstation users who wish to improve their creativity and productivity through video capture to collaborate, present, train, and support.

 

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Radeon Pro ReLive is free and integrated within Radeon Pro Settings and can record GPU-accelerated H.265 High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) video at up to 4K resolution4. H.265 video’s smaller (up to 44% smaller compared to H.264 AVC video5 when using ReLive) file size enables faster data transfers when sharing recorded workflows. ReLive includes an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, a repositionable application toolbar, and a resizable and repositionable webcam overlay.

 

You can read more about Radeon Pro ReLive and download it as part of our latest Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition and the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1 at http://www.amd.com/radeonprorelive.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Oct 13th, on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Win10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Radeon Pro Driver: 16.50, Storage: SK Hynix SSD 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive/Camtasia recording the video. Subtest: maya-04. ReLive is recording the video at 60fps and Camtasia is recording the video at 30fps. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive) score: 65.69. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with Camtasia) score: 28.66. Performance Differential: 65.69/28.66 = ~129.20% higher score on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-31

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Oct 13th, on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Win10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Radeon Pro Driver: 16.50, Storage: SK Hynix SSD 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive/Camtasia recording the video. Subtest: snx-02. ReLive is recording the video at 60fps and Camtasia is recording the video at 30fps. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive) score: 70.64. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with Camtasia) score: 28.47. Performance Differential: 70.64/28.47 = ~148.12% higher score on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-32

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Oct 13th, on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Win10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Radeon Pro Driver: 16.50, Storage: SK Hynix SSD 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive/Camtasia recording the video. Subtest: sw-03. ReLive is recording the video at 60fps and Camtasia is recording the video at 30fps. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive) score: 88.11. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with Camtasia) score: 29.69. Performance Differential: 88.11/29.69 = ~196.77% higher score on Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 (with ReLive). PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-33

As of January 24, 2017, Radeon ReLive H.265 HEVC video recording only available on desktop discrete Radeon™ Pro WX series products.

Testing conducted by AMD Performance Lab as of Nov 18th, on the test system: System: DELL Precision Tower 5810 Workstation CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1603 v3 2.80GHz (4 cores, 4 logical processors), Memory: 64GB RAM, OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Build 14393, Graphics: AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Graphics Driver: 16.50, Storage: Samsung SSD 850 Pro 512GB. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf 12.1 under official run settings with ReLive AVC/HEVC capturing the desktop while running 3ds max-05 subtest. Subtest: 3ds max-05. For first round, using AVC encoding, ReLive records the video at 60fps, 1080p and 20Mbps. For second round, using HEVC encoding, ReLive records the video at 60fps, 1080p and 10Mbps, which outputs video of the same quality for AVC at 10Mbps. ReLive AVC recorded video file size: 459MB. ReLive HEVC recorded video file size: 257MB. Performance Differential: (459-257)/459 = ~44.01% smaller recorded video file size on ReLive HEVC encoding. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. HEVC acceleration is subject to inclusion/installation of compatible HEVC players. RPW-65</li>

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[Originally posted on 03/14/17]

 

According to their website, “The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” Virtual Reality has become a big part of SXSW, and this year there are over 80 sessions dedicated to AR and VR. One of the most exciting aspects of VR is how this new medium is transforming the future of newsgathering and giving journalists dramatically new ways to tell stories.

 

In 2016, AMD collaborated with the Associated Press to tell stories in this new format, producing a series of 360 journalism pieces. At SXSW, the “Virtual Reality: The Next News Experience” panel is taking place today, March 14, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Austin Texas Ballroom 5-7. The panel will feature AMD’s Head of VR and Software Marketing Sasa Marinkovic and AP’s Interactive Editor Nathan Griffiths launching a conversation covering the latest advances in immersive journalism, including an overview of AMD’s Radeon Loom 360-degree video stitching technology.

 

VR in Journalistic Storytelling

In addition to our collaboration with the AP, AMD has been working closely with other leaders in VR journalism. This past December we partnered with Time Inc.’s LIFE VR virtual-reality initiative and HTC to bring you the Remembering Pearl Harbor HTC Vive experience, and we worked with immersive journalism pioneer Nonny de la Peña’s Emblematic Group on the acclaimed Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story. Out of Exile was created with Radeon GPUs, and was nominated for a VR Journalism award at the 2017 Lumiere Awards.

 

In recognition of the important journalistic work these partners have created, we’ve put together a video featuring Nonny de la Peña, LIFE VR’s Mia Tramz, and AP’s Siri Abrahamson about the importance of how technologies like VR can help journalists tell their stories in a more impactful and immersive way.

 

 

According to Nonny de la Peña, VR is important for journalists because it gives them “an opportunity to really create a connection,” and helps create empathy because “if you feel like you are there, you feel like it can happen to you too.” Mia Tramz thinks that the “surprise and awe” that VR can generate is significant, and VR’s “sense of magic even in journalistic storytelling is really important.”

 

AP’s Siri Abrahamson relates that they are “constantly having to try to find new ways to tell stories and to share news,” and technology like VR “is what helps us to tell those stories better.”

 

Radeon Loom Adds Immediacy to Immersion

With immediacy being of critical importance to telling many news stories, using technologies to accelerate the creation process is paramount. By using Radeon technology Nonny de la Peña has been able to get stories out publicly quickly that would have previously taken “days and days to get out there."

 

 

Radeon Loom takes this to the next level — enabling a new breed of 360-degree video journalists to create the amazing VR journalism stories of tomorrow. While some news stories can wait, in today’s connected world that runs at breakneck speed, many cannot, especially those we consider “breaking news” events.

 

Radeon Loom addresses the formidable challenges of real-time live stitching of 360 videos, which will allow journalists to show even “breaking news” stories in 360-degree video, creating the ultimate immersive experience of events as they unfold. Imagine how impactful watching the upcoming March for Science and its 395 Satellite Marches in VR will be as they take place across the globe next month!

 

You can learn more about Radeon Loom at www.amd.com/radeonloom.

 

VR Lounge

 

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Along with our VR in Journalism panel, AMD will also be showcasing several VR demos and experiences at our VR Lounge that runs from March 14 – 16 at SXSW.

 

The SXSW AMD VR Lounge is located in the JW Marriott, Room 402 – 110 E 2nd St, Austin, and opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 05/04/17]

 

Accelerate real-time design decisions and create the next-generation of immersive experiences.

Virtual Reality is transforming the world as we know it and revolutionizing professional workflows for designers, artists, and creators, boosting creativity, enhancing collaboration, and improving productivity. With VR, architects, designers, and engineers can visualize and interact with their creations in ways they never imagined, accelerating design cycles.

 

Creative professionals in media and entertainment can create the next-generation of immersive experiences for their audiences, take previz to the next level, stitch 360-degree video in real-time, and create VR content in VR. Design and manufacturing professionals can integrate applications supporting CAD and 3D model game engine visualization in VR and virtual prototyping.

 

 

Create and Experience VR content — Using the Same Workstation

With Radeon Pro Software’s support for AMD LiquidVR™ technology and Radeon VR Ready Creator1 graphics cards like the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, professionals can create VR content and assess the VR user experience all on the same workstation.

 

AMD’s innovative LiquidVR™ technology enables professional VR workflows by simplifying and optimizing VR application creation, enabling compatible Radeon™ Pro graphics cards to unlock features designed to work seamlessly with compatible VR headsets – features like Affinity Multi-GPU for a scalable experience with multiple GPUs, and MultiView Rendering for enhanced performance.

 

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Radeon VR Ready Creator products like the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Duo, and AMD FirePro™ W9100 graphics cards empower workstation professionals with powerful and capable VR design tools.

 

Pro VR for Design and Engineering

Radeon VR Ready Creator graphics cards and Radeon Pro Software – combined with the right hardware and applications – enables advanced visualization in VR for architects, designers, and engineers. Using tools like our newly announced Radeon ProRender Game Engine Importer, designers can easily import their geometry and materials from CAD applications into game engines such as Unreal Engine and view them in VR, for both internal reviews and to showcase their latest creations, facilitating the next-generation of customer and client engagement.

 

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Being able to interact and manipulate their work with intuitive natural interactions when using suitable gesture-control enabled VR hardware, such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch, allows designers to virtually experience their creations without having to make expensive prototypes. Software like CAVRNUS’ VR solution for collaborative design, interaction, and education (which we demoed at SOLIDWORKS World 2017) eases the barriers that distance creates, allowing teams to interact with and evaluate their design decisions together.

 

Pro VR for Media and Entertainment

Animators, filmmakers, artists and other creative professionals can also benefit immensely from integrating VR into their workflows. Visual effects (VFX) artists can use VR to take previz to the next level and create immersive interactive virtual walkthroughs of highly complex scenes that can be viewed right on set.

 

Certified professional applications can be combined with the new breed of tools, such as Unity’s EditorVR, that allow VR content to be created within VR to create tomorrow’s interactive experiences. With Radeon VR Ready Creator graphics cards and Radeon Pro Software, filmmakers can stitch, edit, composite, and review in VR their immersive 360-degree video experiences without interrupting their workflow, all on the same workstation.

 

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Utilizing AMD’s revolutionary Radeon Loom video stitching technology that enables real-time stitching of 360 videos, entertainment, sports, news, and more can be broadcast live in VR, allowing viewers to feel like they are really there. A great example of this was our live stream of the ‘Baahubali2: The Conclusion’ Pre-Release Event, captured in 360 video using our groundbreaking bb360cc Camera and Radeon Loom Technology.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. Radeon VR Ready Creator Products are select Radeon™ Pro and AMD FirePro™ GPUs that meet or exceed the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive recommended specifications for video cards/GPUs. Other hardware (including CPU) and system requirements recommended by Oculus Rift or HTC Vive should also be met in order to operate the applicable HMDs as intended. As VR technology, HMDs and other VR hardware and software evolve and/or become available, these criteria may change without notice. PC/System manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different VR results/performance. Check with your PC or system manufacturer to confirm VR capabilities. GD-101

2. Radeon Loom is currently in Beta Preview.

Palatov D2 design shown in the images is property of Palatov Motorsport LLC, used with permission.

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[Originally posted on 07/27/17]

 

The latest Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver also adds support for the latest Radeon™ Pro graphics cards, the Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”), Radeon™ Pro WX 3100, and Radeon™ Pro WX 2100.

 

With the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3, AMD is continuing its commitment to giving enterprises the stability, performance, and feature improvements their users need with a new Enterprise Driver release every quarter. Today’s Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 builds on the release of the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 by focusing on power efficiency and more performance improvements in leading professional applications.

 

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Minimize Your Carbon Footprint

Today’s responsible corporations are always looking for ways to go green and minimize their environmental impact. Reducing the power consumption of the IT equipment used by their employees can significantly contribute to an enterprise’s sustainability efforts, and the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 has substantial power efficiency gains over the 17.Q2 driver1.

 

With the 17.Q3 driver, enterprise users with a Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 in their workstation can expect to see up to 20% lower power consumption2, up to 10% lower GPU temperature3, and up to 5% lower average fan speed4. This all adds up to power efficiency gains that will noticeably reduce a user’s carbon footprint.

 

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Improved Performance in Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, SPECapc Siemens NX, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

With the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3, enterprise professionals can expect to see some noteworthy performance improvements in leading professional applications. When tested in Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Autodesk® Maya® using the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers up to 5% rendering performance improvement using the 17.Q3 driver when compared to the 17.Q2 driver5,6. When tested with the SPECapc® Siemens® NX 10 benchmark, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 delivers up to 7% faster Siemens® NX 10 performance with the 17.Q3 driver versus the 17.Q2 driver7 and up to 9% faster performance in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC 2017 GPU acceleration.

 

Certifications and Unprecedented Driver Quality

Radeon™ Pro Software is certified on the leading workstation applications professionals use, including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Dassault CATIA®, Siemens® NX, Adobe® Premiere®, Avid® Media Composer®, Autodesk® Maya® and many more. To meet the demanding needs of enterprise users, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Drivers are rigorously tested to deliver unprecedented stability, quality, and reliability. They undergo 2x more OEM platform testing, 3x more ISV certification testing, and 1.5x more stress testing than our legacy AMD FirePro™ drivers.

 

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Meeting Enterprise Needs

In addition to the power efficiency and performance improvements detailed above, the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 continues to meet enterprise needs with features like Radeon™ Pro ReLive to capture and record professional workflows, AMD LiquidVR™ technology10 for advanced VR design visualization using game engine integration, and Radeon™ Pro Software’s Prioritized Enterprise Support program11 and 24/7 Radeon™ Pro support12.

 

You can download the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 here.

Compatible with: Radeon™ Pro WX series, Radeon™ Pro Duo series, and AMD FirePro™ W series products

Supports: Windows® 7/10, Linux®

 

SPEC® and the benchmarks name SPECapc® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information about SPECapc®, see https://www.spec.org/gwpg/apc.static/sw2015info.html. For more information about SPECviewperf® see https://www.spec.org/gwpg/gpc.static/vp12info.html.

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 07/30/17]

 

This is a preview of the upcoming Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver for AMD’s new professional graphics cards based on the next-generation “Vega” GPU architecture: the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 and Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics cards. It will also be compatible with the already-available Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition cards.

 

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Radeon™ Pro Software is committed to meeting the needs of both professional users and enterprise users, providing stability, performance, and feature Improvements to both. For enterprise users, there is the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver released the 4th Thursday of each quarter, with the latest 17.Q3 version released just this past week on July 27th.

 

For workstation professionals looking for Radeon™ Pro Software that supports the latest Radeon™ Pro professional graphics products, there is the Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver, and today we are previewing the upcoming Crimson ReLive Edition release for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics cards.

 

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Improved Capturing and Recording of Professional Workflows

Radeon™ Pro ReLive is AMD’s powerful solution for high-resolution screen capture and recording professional workflows for collaboration, presentation, training, and support. With Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics, ReLive will be updated and refined with user feedback. Updates included higher maximum recording bitrate (up to 100 Mbps), camera transparency, refined notifications, and enhanced audio controls.

 

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Radeon Pro Security with the AMD Secure Processor

“Vega”-based Radeon™ professional graphics cards take a holistic approach to security with a dedicated AMD Secure Processor built into the silicon that works with Radeon™ Pro Software to facilitate all-day security. As soon as you power on your computer, the onboard AMD Secure Processor performs boot and firmware validation. During use, the AMD Secure Processor works in tandem with Radeon™ Pro Software and Microsoft® Device Guard to help thwart malicious attacks. During shutdown, the AMD Secure Processor continues securing graphics bound IP until device termination.

 

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Work. Swap. Play. With Radeon Pro Software

Radeon™ Pro Software will be optimized for both game development workflows and gaming with the new optional “Driver Options” feature1 found in the upcoming Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics.

 

This feature builds on the “Gaming Mode” introduced in the Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6 driver for the Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition card, and the chart below shows the differences between “Gaming Mode” and the “Driver Options” feature.

 

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When creating game assets and working with game development tools, game developers will be able to take advantage of the rock-solid reliability of Radeon™ Pro Software. Then when it comes time to playtest and optimize the experience, a “Driver Options” button in Radeon™ Pro Settings will allow seamless switching to one of two installed Radeon™ Software drivers2. To go back to Radeon™ Pro Software will be as simple as a couple of clicks, allowing for rapid switching between professional and gaming software for faster iteration during game development workflows.

 

As a bonus, professionals who are using “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics will also be able to take advantage of this feature to unwind with their favorite game on the same system they were working on. With the Radeon™ Pro Software “Driver Options” enabling the use of the latest WHQL Radeon™ Software driver and the gaming features of Radeon™ Software3, “Vega”-based Radeon™ professional graphics cards will also be able to offer an incredible Radeon™ gaming experience.

 

Radeon Pro Software, ready for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics

Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition for “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics is expected to be available to download with the availability of the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 and Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics cards.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

[Originally posted on 10/19/17]

 

Earlier this summer we previewed our upcoming Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver for AMD’s new professional graphics cards based on the next-generation “Vega” GPU architecture, and we are pleased to announce that Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 for the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 and Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards is available to download today.

 

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Radeon Pro Software addresses the needs of both enterprise and professional users with quarterly Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver updates and software such as today’s release that supports the latest Radeon Pro “Vega”-based professional graphics products.

 

Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 is designed to bring out the best from our new “Vega”-based Radeon™ Professional Graphics cards, supporting the new Radeon Pro WX 9100 (available now) and bringing new features to the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GPUs.

 

 

 

Work. Swap. Play.

 

The new optional “Driver Options” feature1 found in Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 optimizes the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards for both game development workflows and gaming by letting you swap from Radeon Pro Software to the latest Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Radeon™ Pro driver (a special version of our Radeon™ Software driver optimized for this feature downloadable from within Radeon™ Pro Settings).

 

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Using “Driver Options”, game developers working with game development tools will be able to take advantage of the rock-solid reliability of Radeon Pro Software, then seamlessly swap to one of two installed Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Radeon Pro drivers to playtest and optimize the gaming experience. Swapping back is just a couple of clicks, allowing for rapid switching between drivers for faster iteration during game development workflows.

 

Of course, as the old saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy (or Jill a dull girl) so professionals will also be able to take advantage of this feature to unwind with their favorite game on the same system they were working on. With “Driver Options” enabling the use of the latest Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Radeon Pro driver, many of the gaming technologies of Radeon Software2 will also be available for the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards.

 

Learn how to use Radeon Pro Settings “Driver Options” by downloading the user guide below.

 

GET THE USER GUIDE

 

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Radeon™ Pro Graphics Security

 

The Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards take a holistic approach to security with a dedicated AMD Secure Processor built into the silicon that works with Radeon Pro Software to facilitate all-day security. The onboard AMD Secure Processor performs boot and firmware validation, works in tandem with Radeon Pro Software and Microsoft® Device Guard to help thwart malicious attacks, and during shutdown, the AMD Secure Processor continues securing graphics bound IP.

 

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Updated Radeon Pro ReLive

 

Radeon™ Pro ReLive, AMD’s powerful solution for high-resolution screen capture and recording of professional workflows, has been updated and refined in Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10. Updates include higher maximum recording bitrate (up to 100 Mbps), camera transparency, improved notifications, and enhanced audio controls. You can learn more about the updated features and how to use Radeon Pro ReLive in the video below.

 

 

You can also learn how to use Radeon Pro ReLive by downloading the user guide below.

 

GET THE USER GUIDE

 

Download Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 Today

 

Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 for the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards can be downloaded from the link below.

 

DOWNLOAD NOW

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. The “Driver Options” feature is an optional installation when setting up Radeon™ Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition, requires Windows® 10, and is available with Radeon™ Pro Software 17.10 for Radeon™ Pro “Vega”-based cards only. Planned for all Radeon™ Pro cards in the future.

2. Radeon™ WattMan not available on Radeon™ Pro products.

3. For more information on which products are certified for Radeon™ Pro WX products, please visit http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/workstation/certified

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[Originally posted on 08/08/18]

 

Making the Best: AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 delivers quality, performance, security, simplicity, and lets you work from virtually anywhere.

 

Today, AMD is releasing its latest quarterly professional software update with the new AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 driver, that lets you work from virtually anywhere with its new remote workstation features and provides compelling performance improvements in both media and entertainment and design and manufacturing workflows. Furthermore, its new fan control feature allows you to enhance the performance of your AMD Radeon™ Pro WX graphics cards.

 

Your Workstation Virtually Anywhere

With AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3, you can now easily access the full GPU-accelerated experience of your AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 or WX 9100 graphics card-powered workstation from virtually anywhere with the new remote workstation IP built into AMD Radeon™ Pro Software when using Citrix® XenDesktop® 7.15+ 1.

 

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You can learn more about AMD’s Remote Workstation feature in this whitepaper.

 

“The Most Stable Graphics Driver in the Industry”

AMD’s robust stability testing process helps to ensure that AMD Radeon Pro Software delivers enterprise-grade quality and reliability, and a third-party assessment 2 by QA Consultants 3 found that AMD has “the most stable graphics driver in the industry.” Results show that AMD’s drivers are up to 11% more stable than Nvidia’s 4 and that AMD’s Radeon Pro Software is up to 25% more stable than NVIDIA Optimal Drivers for Enterprise 5.

 

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Learn more about AMD’s software stability story by downloading this whitepaper.

 

Manual Fan Control

You can now manually adjust your AMD Radeon Pro WX graphic card’s fan speed in AMD Radeon™ Pro Settings to optimize airflow in thermally stressful environments, providing up to 2x the performance over default settings for very demanding workloads 8 without impacting the GPU warranty from AMD (as applicable).

 

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To learn how to use this new feature you can read the user guide.

 

Performance Uplifts in Professional Applications

When compared to last year’s enterprise driver, AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 delivers significantly better performance in Media and Entertainment (M&E) workflows, with up to 53% better performance in Autodesk® 3ds Max®9and up to 51% in Autodesk® Maya® 10.

 

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Additionally, in Design and Manufacturing (D&M) workflows (including VR visualization) AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 is up to 33% faster in Siemens NX 11 and 17% faster in VRMark® 12.

 

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Rendering in the Cloud

Using AMD’s MxGPU technology and AMD Radeon Pro Software, professionals can now render in the cloud with leading-edge digital content creation and design applications such as Maxon Cinema 4D™ and SOLIDWORKS® using virtualization and AMD Radeon™ ProRender.

 

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Download Today

Download AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise Edition 18.Q3 and work from virtually anywhere when using “the most stable graphics driver in the industry.”

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

1. Citrix® XenDesktop® license and installation of Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) on the workstation is required.

2. “Graphics Driver Quality - Determination of Stability from Leading Market Vendors”- https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf

3. In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to independently evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA.

4. See page 1 of the “Graphics Driver Quality - Determination of Stability from Leading Market Vendors”- https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf for more details.

5. According to QA Consultants’ results as further internally analyzed by AMD, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100 are up to 25% more stable than the NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver and the NVIDIA Quadro® P600 when tested with the Microsoft Windows HLK 64-bit CRASH stress test for 288 hours. Testing conducted by QA Consultants commissioned by AMD as of July 11th, 2018, and further internal analysis by AMD on a white box test system comprising of an Intel® Core™ 6-core i5-8400, 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 April 2018 Update 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2/NVIDIA Quadro® P600 graphics card and NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver. Benchmark Application: Microsoft Windows HLK 4 Hour 64-bit CRASH GPU Stress Test, ran for a total of 288 hours (for 12 days, 24 hours a day). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100: stable for 81.94% of the 288 hours. NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver and the NVIDIA Quadro® P600: stable for 56.94% of the 288 hours. Differential: 81.94-56.94= ~25% better stability with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100. Scores (pass/fail) are based on external lab measurements/ modeling and further internal analysis by AMD and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of the latest drivers. For more information, see pages 113, 119 of https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf. RPS-35

6. According to QA Consultants’ results as further internally analyzed by AMD, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 are up to 10% more stable than the NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver and the NVIDIA Quadro® P4000 when tested with the Microsoft Windows HLK 64-bit CRASH stress test for 288 hours. Testing conducted by QA Consultants commissioned by AMD as of July 11th, 2018, and further internal analysis by AMD on a white box test system comprising of an Intel® Core™ 6-core i5-8400, 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 April 2018 Update 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2/NVIDIA Quadro® P4000 graphics card and NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver. Benchmark Application: Microsoft Windows HLK 4 Hour 64-bit CRASH GPU Stress Test, ran for a total of 288 hours (for 12 days, 24 hours a day). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100: stable for 93.06% of the 288 hours. NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver and the NVIDIA Quadro® P4000: stable for 83.33% of the 288 hours. Differential: 93.06-83.33= ~9.73% better stability with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Scores (pass/fail) are based on external lab measurements/ modeling and further internal analysis by AMD and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of the latest drivers. For more information, see pages 114, 120 of https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf. RPS-36

7. According to QA Consultants’ results as further internally analyzed by AMD, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 are up to 13% more stable than the NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver and the NVIDIA Quadro® P5000 when tested with the Microsoft Windows HLK 64-bit CRASH stress test for 288 hours. Testing conducted by QA Consultants commissioned by AMD as of July 11th, 2018, and further internal analysis by AMD on a white box test system comprising of an Intel® Core™ 6-core i5-8400, 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 April 2018 Update 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2/NVIDIA Quadro® P5000 graphics card and NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver. Benchmark Application: Microsoft Windows HLK 4 Hour 64-bit CRASH GPU Stress Test, ran for a total of 288 hours (for 12 days, 24 hours a day). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100: stable for 87.5% of the 288 hours. NVIDIA Quadro® Desktop 391.58 ODE driver and the NVIDIA Quadro® P5000: stable for 75% of the 288 hours. Differential: 87.5-75= ~12.5% better stability with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 and the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Scores (pass/fail) are based on external lab measurements/ modeling and further internal analysis by AMD and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of the latest drivers. For more information, see pages 115, 121 of https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf. RPS-37

8. The AMD Radeon™ Pro Software fan control feature enables a 2x performance uplift over the default fan speed in very demanding workloads in thermally stressful environments with the fan speed set to maximum when tested with FurMark and 2x AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics cards installed side-by-side. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 11th, 2018 on an HP Z8 Workstation test system comprising of 2x Intel® Xeon® 24-core Platinum 8168 CPU @ 2.7 GHz (3.7 GHz max), 16 GB 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 1709 (Fall Creators Update), AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3, and 2x AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics cards installed side-by-side. Benchmark Application: Geeks3D FurMark 1.20.1.0 @ 1024x768. Average FurMark score with default fan speed settings after 5x 5 min runs: 23215.2. Average FurMark score with maximum fan speed settings after 5x 5 min runs: 46915. Performance Differential: (46915-23215.2)/23215.2*100 = 2x (102.08%) faster performance with the AMD Radeon™ Pro Software fan control set to maximum fan speed over the default fan speed. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/ modeling and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-30

9. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 is up to an est. 53% faster in Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Aug 1st, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Rule-compliant in all but OS version. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for 3ds Max® 2015 Graphics Composite (4K 8xAA). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 score: 1.91. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 score: 2.93. Performance Differential: (2.93-1.91)/1.91*100 = ~53.40% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/ modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-33

10. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 is up to 51% faster in Autodesk® Maya® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Aug 1st, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 maya-05 4K. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 score: 101.42. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 score: 153.27. Performance Differential: (153.27-101.42)/101.42*100 = ~51.12% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/ modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-31

11. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 is up to 33% faster in Siemens NX™ than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Aug 1st, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-02. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 score: 88.28. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 score: 117.23. Performance Differential: (117.23-88.28)/88.28*100 = ~32.79% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/ modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-32

12. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 is up to 17% faster in VRMark® Cyan Room than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Aug 1st, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Benchmark Application: VRMark® Cyan Room. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q3 score: 80.68 fps. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3 score: 94.62 fps. Performance Differential: (94.62-80.68)/80.68*100 = ~17.27% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/ modeling and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of the latest drivers. RPS-34

 

 

DISCLAIMER

© 2018 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. SPEC® and the benchmarks SPECviewperf® and SPECapc® are trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information, go to www.spec.org. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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Robust, Reliable, and Ready, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition optimizes your professional graphics investment with quality, performance, security, simplicity, and industry-leading innovation.

 

AMD’s Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition is designed to meet the exacting demands of enterprises, with quarterly driver updates that deliver enterprise-grade quality on a consistent basis. Today’s 18.Q2 release continues to provide the reliability, security features, simplicity, and innovations professionals have come to expect of Radeon™ Pro Software, along with performance increases in leading professional applications. In addition, the 18.Q2 driver adds support for the Windows® 10 April 2018 Update.

 

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The AMD Commitment to Enterprise Edition Quality

AMD’s comprehensive stability testing process helps ensure that every Enterprise Edition driver delivers enterprise-grade quality and reliability to our users. Our enterprise drivers go through waves of both AMD and OEM partner testing, and this extensive pre-launch testing helps to minimize post-launch issues.

 

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OEM and ISV Partner testing and a final wave of beta user testing helps ensure the highest-quality enterprise software, and in 2017 this led to zero issues reported by over 99.99% of our customers.

 

AMD’s extensive ISV application certification testing results in enterprise software that is certified on over 80 of the leading applications professionals use. For our last 18.Q1 Enterprise Edition driver, we had a 100% pass rate for all the certifications we submitted.

 

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You can learn more about AMD’s commitment to Enterprise Edition quality and ISV application certifications here.

 

Boost Your Productivity by Updating Your Driver

The continuous performance optimizations in every Radeon Pro Software driver update, thanks in part to the close technology partnerships we have with ISV application developers, means you can get new GPU-like performance improvements over the lifetime of your graphics investment2, as shown in the chart below.

 

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For the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver we are delivering significant performance improvements in Dassault Systèmes® CATIA®. The 18.Q2 driver is up to 38% faster when running AMD’s internal benchmark of complex customer models6 and up to two times faster with the AMD internal assembly model benchmark.

 

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Year-Over-Year Performance Improvements

For design and manufacturing applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 is up to an estimated 47% faster in Siemens NX™ when tested with SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-028, up to an estimated 14% faster in PTC® Creo® when tested with SPECapc® for PTC® Creo® 3.0 9, and up to an estimated 12% faster in SOLIDWORKS® when tested with SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015.

 

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For media and entertainment applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 is up to an estimated 44% faster in Autodesk® 3ds Max® when tested with SPECapc® for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 11 and up to an estimated 22% faster in Autodesk® Maya® when tested with SPECapc® for Autodesk® Maya® 2017.

 

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You can learn more about AMD’s Enterprise Edition performance story here.

 

Exceptional Security and Unmatched Simplicity

Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 delivers advanced security features to help thwart malicious attacks, giving enterprises added protection for their valuable intellectual property. The Enterprise Edition’s predictable quarterly release schedule (targeting the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of each quarter) makes it easier for IT Managers to plan for their next driver update, with the next Enterprise Edition release scheduled for August 8th, 2018.

 

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The 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition continues to offer a single unified “one driver” available on demand for a variety of AMD graphics hardware used in the workplace 13. With this release we are also supporting the latest version of Windows 10, the April 2018 Update, so your driver is ready when your organization decides to roll out this Microsoft® update.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

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1. 2017 Internal AMD Radeon™ Pro Software testing data.

2. In select applications.

3. The AMD FirePro™ W7100 is up to 37% faster in SPECviewperf® 12.0.1 creo-01 than the AMD FirePro™ W7000 when using the AMD FirePro™ 14.301.1010 driver. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 6-core E5-1660 @ 3.3GHz (3.9GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit SP1, AMD FirePro™ W7000/AMD FirePro™ W7100, AMD FirePro™ 13.352.1014 driver/AMD FirePro™ 14.301.1010 driver. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.0.1 creo-01. AMD FirePro™ W7000 score: 31.59. AMD FirePro™ W7100 score: 43.28. Performance Differential: (43.28-31.59)/31.59*100 = ~37.01% faster performance with the AMD FirePro™ W7100. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-24.

4. The Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4 is up to 35% faster in SPECviewperf® 12 creo-01 than the AMD FirePro™ 14.301.1010 driver when using the AMD FirePro™ W7100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 6-core E5-1660 @ 3.3GHz (3.9GHz max)/E5-1650 v3 @ 3.5GHz (3.8GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit SP1, AMD FirePro™ W7100, AMD FirePro™ 14.301.1010 driver/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.0.1 creo-01/SPECviewperf® 12.1 creo-01. AMD FirePro™ 14.301.1010 driver score: 43.28. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4 score: 58.28. Performance Differential: (58.28-43.28)/43.28*100 = ~34.66% faster performance with the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-25.

5. The Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 is up to 36% faster in SPECviewperf® 12.1 creo-01 than the AMD FirePro™ W7100 when using the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 6-core E5-1650 v3 @ 3.5GHz (3.8GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit SP1, AMD FirePro™ W7100/Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 creo-01. AMD FirePro™ W7100 score: 58.28. Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 score: 79.19. Performance Differential: (79.19-58.28)/58.28*100 = ~35.86% faster performance with the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-26.

6. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to 38% faster in the AMD internal Dassault Systèmes® CATIA® complex customer model benchmark than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 5100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 13th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 8-core W-2145 @ 3.7GHz (4.5GHz max), 64GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 5100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Benchmark Application: AMD internal Dassault Systèmes® CATIA® complex customer model benchmark. The results correspond to the average visualization time per frame (in milliseconds). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 visualization time: 32.93 ms. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 visualization time: 23.92 ms. Performance Differential: (32.93 -23.92)/23.92*100 = ~37.67% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-22.

7. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to 2x faster in the AMD internal Dassault Systèmes® CATIA® main drive assembly model benchmark than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 5100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 13th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 8-core W-2145 @ 3.7GHz (4.5GHz max), 64GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 5100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Benchmark Application: AMD internal Dassault Systèmes® CATIA® main drive assembly model benchmark. The results correspond to the average visualization time per frame (in milliseconds). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 visualization time: 9.5 ms. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 visualization time: 4.72 ms. Performance Differential: (9.5-4.72)/4.72*100 = ~101.27% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-23.

8. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to 47% faster in SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-02 than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 @ 4.0GHz (4.5GHz max), 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-02. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 score: 79.47. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 score: 116.64. Performance Differential: (116.64-79.47)/79.47*100 = ~46.77% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about SPECviewperf®12.1 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-16.

9. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to an est. 14% faster in SPECapc® for PTC® Creo® 3.0 Graphics Composite than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 @ 4.0GHz (4.5GHz max), 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Rule-compliant in all but OS version. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for PTC® Creo® 3.0 Graphics Composite. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 score: 8.73. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 score: 9.91. Performance Differential: (9.91-8.73)/8.73*100 = ~13.52% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about SPECapc® for PTC® Creo® can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-17.

10. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to an est. 12% faster in SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015 Graphics Composite (FSAA) than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 5100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 @ 4.0GHz (4.5GHz max), 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 5100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Rule-compliant in all but OS version. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015 Graphics Composite (FSAA). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 score: 6.54. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 score: 7.34. Performance Differential: (7.34-6.54)/6.54*100 = ~12.23% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2015 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-18.

11. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to an est. 44% faster in SPECapc® for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 Graphics Composite (4K 8xAA) than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 5100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 @ 4.0GHz (4.5GHz max), 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 5100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Rule-compliant in all but OS version. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 Graphics Composite (4K 8xAA). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 score: 1.51. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 score: 2.17. Performance Differential: (2.17-1.51)/1.51*100 = ~43.71% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about SPECapc® for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2015 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-19.

12. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is up to 22% faster in SPECapc® for Autodesk® Maya® 2017 Graphics Interactive Composite (MSAA) than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 28th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 @ 4.0GHz (4.5GHz max), 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Fall Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 4100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 Graphics Interactive Composite (MSAA). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q2 score: 2.06. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 score: 2.51. Performance Differential: (2.51-2.06)/2.06*100 = ~21.84% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modeling and may vary. Additional information about SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-20.

13. Compatible with Radeon™ Pro WX series, Radeon™ Pro SSG, Radeon™ Pro Duo series, AMD FirePro™ W series, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition, and AMD FirePro™ S7100X, S7150, and S7150 x2 products. AMD Radeon™ R5 300, R7, R9, and RX series products on demand. Supports: Windows® 7/10, Linux®. AMD is making the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition with “One Driver” support available exclusively to enterprise customers, and those wishing to implement it will need to contact their AMD Sales Representative or fill in the request form at: http://www.amdsurveys.com/se/5A1E27D243E8A083. Enterprise professionals who only require Radeon™ Pro workstation and virtualization support can download our regular Enterprise Edition driver.

 

 

SPEC®, and the benchmarks SPECapc® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at www.spec.org.

Built for Enterprise, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition can help protect your Radeon™ Pro professional graphics investment with consistent quality, exceptional security features, powerful performance, simplicity, and innovation.

 

Since 2016, AMD has been providing an Enterprise Driver to address the needs of enterprises, helping them plan ahead with quarterly updates that deliver enterprise-grade quality, performance improvements, prioritized 24/7 support1,2, and new features.

 

To kick off 2018, we’re renaming the Enterprise Driver the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition and today’s release of the 18.Q1 driver contains the quality and reliability, security features, and simplicity professionals have come to expect of our enterprise driver. There are also some significant performance improvements, exciting new features added from the recent Radeon™ Pro Software Adrenalin Edition release, and updated MxGPU virtualization support for Citrix® XenServer®.

 

Consistent Quality

Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition is stress tested for demanding 24/7 environments. Extensive OEM platform testing is designed to deliver the quality that both our technology partners and enterprises demand.

 

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AMD’s comprehensive ISV certification testing results in enterprise software that is certified on the leading ISV applications professionals use and you can see a comprehensive list of all the applications Radeon Pro Software is certified on here.

 

Performance Improvements

Thanks to the close technology partnerships AMD has with ISV application developers and optimizations performed, Radeon Pro Software is designed so performance gains do not end after the initial purchase of Radeon Pro Graphics.

 

For design and manufacturing applications, when tested using SPECviewperf® 12.1 catia-04 and SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-02, Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 is up to 5% faster in Dassault Systèmes® CATIA™3 and up to up to 25% faster in Siemens NX™4 when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1.

 

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For professionals using media and entertainment applications, when tested using SPECapc® for 3dsmax 2015 and SPECapc® for Maya 2017, Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 is up to 47% faster in Autodesk® 3ds Max®5 and up to up to 13% faster in Autodesk® Maya® 6when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1.

 

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Exceptional Security Features

Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition delivers advanced security features, working in tandem with Windows® Defender Device Guard when using Windows® 10 Enterprise edition to help thwart malicious attacks, and when combined with the AMD Secure Processor found in “Vega” technology-based Radeon Pro GPUs, performs boot and firmware validation. During shutdown, Radeon Pro Software continues to help secure graphics bound IP.

 

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Unmatched Simplicity

In today’s fast-paced business world IT Managers don’t have time to stand still, and anything that can be done to simplify enterprise IT is a godsend. The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition helps deliver that simplicity with a more predictable quarterly release schedule that makes it easier for enterprises to plan their next Radeon Pro Software driver update. In 2018, the Enterprise Edition will be released on the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of each quarter, with the next release after today’s on May 9th, 2018.

 

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Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 continues to offer the single unified “One Driver” for ALL their graphics hardware, whether it be Radeon™ Pro, select AMD FirePro™, or select Radeon™ products used in the workplace. “One Driver” support is available exclusively to enterprise customers, and those wishing to implement it will need to contact their AMD Sales Representative or fill in the request form here. Enterprise professionals who only require Radeon Pro workstation and virtualization support should download our regular 18.Q1 Enterprise Edition driver.

 

Industry-Leading Innovation

Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin Edition was AMD’s most comprehensive professional software release of 2017, and now enterprise users can take advantage of the innovative new features introduced in this update.

 

These include an update to Radeon Pro Software’s “Driver Options”7 feature that gives users with supported graphics cards the ability to swap from Radeon Pro Software to the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition for Radeon™ Pro 18.2.1 driver, helping to accelerate game design workflows.

 

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Radeon™ Pro ReLive, a feature that lets professionals record their workflows for collaboration, presentation, training, and support now features borderless region capture for windowed mode recording of professional applications. We’ve added chroma key support so you can use a green, blue, or magenta screen (or a configurable custom color) to remove the background of your webcam overlay when recording.

 

Citrix XenServer Support

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 driver is designed to enable MxGPU support for Citrix VDI and application virtualization deployments with updated technical preview support for Citrix XenServer 7.3 and production support for XenDesktop® and XenApp®.

 

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You can download the technical preview here.

 

Download Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 and help protect your Radeon Pro professional graphics investment.

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES:

AMD will work with ISV & OEM partners on priority engineering support for Enterprise users.

24/7 support is only guaranteed in English, and is as follows by region:

North America: English 24/7. United Kingdom: English 24/7. France: French Mon-Fri 11 A.M.- 6 P.M., English on off-hours. Germany: German Mon-Fri 11 A.M.- 6 P.M., English on off-hours. China: Chinese Mon - Fri 9:30 A.M. – 5 P.M. Asia CST, English on off-hours. India: English 24/7. Japan: Japanese Mon - Fri 9:30 A.M. – 5 P.M. Asia CST, English on off-hours.

Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 is up to 5% faster in SPECviewperf® 12.1 catia-04 than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 7th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon 6-core E5-1650 v3 @ 3.5GHz (3.8GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 catia-04. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 106.78. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1 score: 101.90. Performance Differential: (106.78-101.90)/101.90*100 = ~4.8% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modelling and may vary. Additional information about SPECviewperf®12.1 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-11 XXX

Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 is up to 25% faster in SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-02 than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 7th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon 6-core E5-1650 v3 @ 3.5GHz (3.8GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 12.1 snx-02. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 116.99. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1 score: 93.41. Performance Differential: (116.99-93.41)/93.41*100 = ~25.2% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modelling and may vary. Additional information about SPECviewperf®12.1 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-12

Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 is up to 47% faster in SPECapc® for 3dsmax 2015 Graphics Composite (8x FSAA @ 4K) than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 7th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon 6-core E5-1650 v3 @ 3.5GHz (3.8GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for 3dsmax 2015 Graphics Composite (8x FSAA @ 4K). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 2.59. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1 score: 1.77. Performance Differential: (2.59 - 1.77)/1.77*100 = ~46.7% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modelling and may vary. Additional information about SPECapc® for 3dsmax 2015 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-13

Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 is up to 13% faster in SPECapc® for Maya 2017 Graphics Interactive Composite (8x MSAA @ 1080p) than Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of February 7th, 2018 on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon 6-core E5-1650 v3 @ 3.5GHz (3.8GHz max), 16GB RAM, Windows® 10 Creators Update Professional 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1/Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Maya 2017 Graphics Interactive Composite (8x MSAA @ 1080p). Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 2.86. Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q1 score: 2.52. Performance Differential: (2.86 - 2.52)/2.52 *100 = ~13.5% faster performance with Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements/modelling and may vary. Additional information about SPECapc® for Maya 2017 can be found at www.spec.org. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-14

The “Driver Options” feature is an optional installation when setting up the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4, and is compatible with the Radeon™ Pro WX series (desktop only) and Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards, and only supports Windows® 10.

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[Originally posted on 08/13/18]

For SIGGRAPH 2018, AMD is updating Radeon™ ProRender with some significant new features, announcing updates to its integration in Maxon Cinema 4D™ and Modo® by Foundry, and releasing new plug-ins for PTC Creo® and Pixar’s USD viewport.

 

Fast, easy, and incredible, Radeon ProRender is AMD’s physically-based rendering engine with free plug-ins available for popular digital content-creation applications like Autodesk 3ds Max®, Autodesk Maya®, Blender™, and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS®. It is also integrated into Maxon Cinema 4D™ R19.

 

At this year’s SIGGRAPH 2018 event, AMD is releasing quite a few updates to Radeon ProRender, including new features, new plug-ins, and updated integrations. Read on for more details about everything that’s new.

 

Continuing to Accelerate Artists’ Workflows

Earlier in the year, the plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya 1, and Blender were updated to include an improved Uber Shader for better physically-based rendering workflows, and this shader continues to be developed in the latest plug-in releases. The enhanced Uber Shader now supports diffuse backscattering, has a simplified caustics option, and an improved clearcoat appearance.

 

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AMD Radeon ProRender Diffuse Backscattering

 

Additionally, an Ambient Occlusion node has been added for enhanced procedural texture workflows, such as making textures look dirty, and Camera Motion Blur has been added to accurately recreate a moving camera when rendering animations. Adaptive Subdivision, previously only available in the plug-in for Blender, has been added to the 3ds Max and Maya 1 plug-ins, allowing artists to easily render complex shapes from simple meshes.

 

Lastly, optimizations to exporting in all three plug-ins accelerate multi-app workflows when working with large and complex scenes, and the plug-in for 3ds Max has been updated to support 3ds Max 2019.

 

Updated Integrations

The first content-creation application to natively integrate AMD Radeon ProRender was Maxon Cinema 4D R19, released in 2017, and Maxon recently announced that R20 is scheduled to be released this September with a host of new ProRender features. Some of those include Subsurface Scattering (SSS) for rendering realistic-looking skin, motion blur for animations and deformations, and multi-pass rendering for compositing.

 

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The next application to natively integrate AMD Radeon ProRender will be Modo® by Foundry. AMD and Foundry showed a very early preview of this integration at SIGGRAPH 2017, and now Foundry is excited to announce that the AMD Radeon ProRender public beta is available for Modo Maintenance and Subscription licensees.

 

Pixar USD and PTC Creo plug-ins

Pixar’s open-source Universal Scene Description (USD) seeks to transform content creation pipelines with “software that addresses the need to robustly and scalably interchange and augment arbitrary 3D scenes that may be composed from many elemental assets.”

 

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Part of the USD toolset is the USDView interactive viewport designed to preview complex scenes. For developers looking to integrate this modern viewport into their application (as Foundry has done in Katana 3.0) AMD is planning to release the code for an open-source Radeon ProRender USD Hydra render delegate plug-in on GitHub that adds path-traced rendering designed for more accurate previews when compared to the default OpenGL® renderer. You can also test drive the USD Hydra plug-in using the pre-built example on our AMD Radeon ProRender download page linked below.

 

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The new PTC Creo plug-in (available now as a beta) enables designers and engineers to quickly and easily create incredibly rendered visualizations of their products. Just like the AMD Radeon ProRender add-in for SOLIDWORKS, the plug-in easily enables exporting to Unreal® Engine for VR visualization when used with the AMD Radeon™ ProRender Game Engine Importer and also has the same feature set as the SOLIDWORKS add-in, including decal support.

 

Available Today

The updated and new AMD Radeon ProRender plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya 1, Blender, PTC Creo (beta), and USD are available now and you can get them from our AMD Radeon ProRender download page linked below.

 

DOWNLOAD THE PLUG-INS NOW

 

To provide feedback or report any issues please join our AMD Radeon ProRender Community.

 

To discuss AMD Radeon ProRender with other users you can also join the AMD Radeon ProRender Discord.

 

Title image created by Yan Ge (IHDT) using MAXON Cinema 4D™ R20.

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

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[Originally posted on 02/28/18]

 

macOS beta versions of the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Blender™ and the Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Maya® are now available for Apple users to download and test today.

 

Radeon ProRender is our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine for CAD designers and 3D artists that is freely available for many popular digital content-creation applications with plug-ins and add-ins for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Maya®, Blender™, and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS®. It is also natively integrated into Maxon’s Cinema 4D™ version R19.

 

Today we are pleased to announce that in addition to the already available macOS™ version of Cinema 4D R19, artists and designers using Apple® hardware can now also benefit from all that Radeon ProRender has to offer when working with Blender and Autodesk Maya by using beta versions of our plug-ins for macOS.

 

 

Apple Metal 2 Support

What’s more, Radeon ProRender is now the first production renderer to support Apple’s Metal® 2 API that maximizes the potential of GPU-accelerated rendering on macOS. Metal 2 support is available in the recent SP2 update to the macOS version of Cinema 4D R19 and in today’s beta macOS releases of Radeon ProRender for Blender and Maya.

 

Radeon ProRender for Blender macOS Beta

You can download the beta of the macOS version of Radeon ProRender for Blender. The final release will include all the features introduced in our latest update to the Windows and Linux versions, including interactive viewport denoising and a simplified PBR shader.

 

Radeon ProRender for Maya macOS Beta

You can download the beta of the macOS version of Radeon ProRender for Maya. The final release will include all the features introduced in our latest update to the Windows and Linux versions, including the Shadow Catcher material and IES lights support.

 

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

 

Wave image by The Pixelary created using Radeon ProRender for Blender.

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

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[Originally posted on 04/09/18]

 

macOS® versions of the Radeon™ ProRender plug-ins for Blender™ and Maya® are now available for artists using Apple® Mac® systems, and support Apple’s Metal® 2 API and external GPUs1 for maximum rendering performance.

 

Radeon ProRender is AMD’s powerful, physically-based rendering engine for CAD designers and 3D artists, available with free plug-ins and add-ins for Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk Maya, Blender, and Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS®, and it is natively integrated into Maxon Cinema 4D™ R19.

 

Following on from February’s beta releases, we’re excited to announce that, along with the currently available macOS version of Cinema 4D R19, artists using Apple Mac hardware that supports Metal 2 can now use Radeon ProRender with Blender and Maya by downloading our new plug-ins today.

 

In addition to macOS support, these updates include several new features designed to enhance and accelerate artists’ workflows, and make their lives easier.

 

Focusing on Artist-Centric Workflows

The macOS Radeon ProRender plug-ins for Blender and Maya include an updated Uber Shader that enables better PBR workflows, with more realistic defaults and enhanced subsurface scattering (SSS) for better skin rendering. There are also improved light and emissive shader controls to create more realistic lighting, including area light shapes, color temperature, and texture maps.

 

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In the plug-in for Blender, there are now more AOV (Arbitrary Output Variables) options, such as reflections and diffuse lighting that can be composited with the final render to enhance it without having to re-render anything. Color space controls have been added to Radeon ProRender Image Map nodes, enabling artists to set the color space to either sRGB or linear, making it easier to work with PBR textures.

 

Interactive Viewport Denoising

First released in the Windows® version of Radeon ProRender for Blender in December, we are now bringing our interactive denoising technology to the macOS versions of the plug-ins for Blender and Maya. Denoising removes noise from an image while preserving image detail, cutting render times while producing less noisy images.

 

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Radeon ProRender supports denoising of both final renders and of interactive rendering to produce clearer interactive viewport previews, empowering artists to do their look development with a better idea of what the final render might appear as.

 

New Features in the Blender Plug-In

Along with all the improvements to artists’ workflows enabled by the new features that are available in both our macOS plug-ins, we’re also introducing two brand-new features to the macOS version of the plug-in for Blender.

 

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This plug-in now supports Volumetrics to render advanced effects like smoke, fog, and clouds to create even more realistic images with Radeon ProRender. Additionally, there is improved subdivision of surfaces, with adaptive subdivision that automatically uses distance to calculate how much is needed to smooth an object’s geometry, helping speed up workflows and allowing artists to easily render complex shapes from simple meshes.

 

Metal 2 Support

As part of Cinema 4D R19 for macOS, Radeon ProRender became the first production renderer to support Apple’s Metal 2 API that maximizes the performance of GPU-accelerated rendering on macOS, with this support available in the recent Cinema 4D R19 SP2 update, and in today’s macOS releases of Radeon ProRender for Blender and Maya.

 

Available Now

The macOS Radeon ProRender plug-ins for Blender and Maya are available now, require macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 or higher, and support all Apple Mac systems that support Metal 2.

 

In addition, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4’s new support for external graphics processors (eGPUs) allows macOS Blender and Maya Radeon ProRender users to harness the rendering power of select Radeon™ RX and Radeon™ Pro WX graphics cards on their Macs (such as Radeon™ RX 580, Radeon™ RX Vega64, and Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 GPUs), when used with a compatible eGPU Thunderbolt™ 3 chassis.

 

To provide feedback or report any issues, please join our Radeon ProRender Discord Community.

 

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTE:

1 - Requires macOS® High Sierra 10.13.4 and compatible eGPU Thunderbolt™ 3 chassis

Apple® Mac® models without discrete Radeon™ Pro graphics will be limited to CPU rendering with Radeon™ ProRender.

Thunderbolt is a trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. Apple, Mac, macOS, and Metal are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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[Originally posted on 10/26/17]

 

On the first anniversary of the AMD Enterprise Driver program we are releasing our latest Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver, 17.Q4, that builds on the great new features introduced with Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 for the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 and Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards, bringing features such as “Driver Options”1 to enterprises.

 

One year ago, we launched our Enterprise Driver program with the release of the Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Driver 16.Q4, addressing the needs of both enterprise and professional users with quarterly driver updates that add stability, performance, and feature improvements.

 

Today’s release reaffirms our commitment to enterprises and our goal of exceeding their needs by delivering enterprise productivity, certifications, and security with the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4. This driver combines the prioritized 24/7 support2,3, unprecedented quality and reliability4, and “one driver” feature of our previous enterprise drivers with the innovative new Radeon Pro Software features released last week, such as “Driver Options,” graphics security, and an update to Radeon™ Pro ReLive. In addition, we are improving Radeon Pro Software’s virtualization features, which includes adding support for Citrix® XenApp®.

 

DOWNLOAD NOW

 

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Radeon Pro Software “One Driver”

 

Radeon Pro Software’s unified enterprise driver lets users effortlessly run professional applications on both physical and virtual machines using the same driver package, substantially simplifying operations for enterprises allowing them to download one driver that meets multiple professional graphics needs. However, enterprises don’t just use professional graphics – many of their users work on hardware with consumer graphics cards, and AMD is the only company that is now offering enterprises a single “one driver” for ALL their graphics hardware, whether it be Radeon™ Pro, select AMD FirePro™, or select Radeon™ products used in the workplace.

 

 

AMD is making the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 with “one driver” support available exclusively to enterprise customers, and those wishing to implement it will need to contact their AMD Sales Representative or fill in the request form here. Enterprise professionals who only require Radeon Pro workstation and virtualization support can download our regular 17.Q4 Enterprise Driver posted on AMD.com.

 

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Radeon Pro Graphics Enterprise Security

When using the 17.Q4 driver with the “Vega”-based Radeon Pro™ WX 9100, Radeon™ Pro SSG, and Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition cards enterprises will be able to take advantage of their holistic approach to security thanks to the dedicated AMD Secure Processor built into the silicon that works with Radeon Pro Software to facilitate all-day security.

 

The onboard AMD Secure Processor found in “Vega”-based Radeon Pro GPUs performs boot and firmware validation, works in tandem with Radeon Pro Software and Windows® Defender Device Guard when using Windows® 10 Enterprise edition to help thwart malicious attacks, and during shutdown, the AMD Secure Processor continues securing graphics bound IP.

 

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Virtualization Support for Citrix XenApp and VMware Linked Clones

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4 now enables enterprises to leverage AMD FirePro™ S7100-series products to accelerate application delivery experiences with Citrix XenApp. Compatible with both pass-through and MxGPU graphics configurations, Radeon Pro Software can now enable GPU-backed high-user-density data center deployments.

 

Enterprises on VMware vSphere® 6.5 will now also benefit from AMD’s “technical preview” support for Linked Clones virtual machine provisioning. This AMD solution equips IT managers with the tools required to break through the costly resource constraints imposed by Full Clones deployments.

 

 

Work. Swap. Play.

The new optional “Driver Options” feature introduced in Radeon Pro Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.10 optimized the Radeon Pro WX 9100 and Radeon Vega Frontier Edition cards for game development workflows by letting you swap from Radeon Pro Software to the latest Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Radeon™ Pro driver (a special version of our Radeon™ Software driver optimized for this feature downloadable from within Radeon™ Pro Settings).

 

With the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4, this feature is now available for more professional hardware and supports the Radeon™ Pro WX series (desktop only) and Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition graphics cards. The table below shows the features of the two modes available with “Driver Options”.

 

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Using “Driver Options”, game developers working with game development tools will be able to take advantage of the rock-solid reliability of Radeon Pro Software, then seamlessly swap to one of two installed Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition for Radeon Pro drivers to playtest and optimize the gaming experience. Swapping back is just a couple of clicks, allowing for rapid switching between drivers for faster iteration during game development workflows.

 

Learn how to use Radeon Pro Settings “Driver Options” by downloading the user guide below.

 

GET THE USER GUIDE

 

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Updated Radeon Pro ReLive

Radeon Pro ReLive, AMD’s powerful solution for high-resolution screen capture and recording of professional workflows, has been updated and refined in the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17.Q4. Updates include higher maximum recording bitrate (up to 100 Mbps), camera transparency, improved notifications, and enhanced audio controls. You can learn more about the updated features and how to use Radeon Pro ReLive in the video below.

 

 

You can also learn how to use Radeon Pro ReLive by downloading the user guide below.

 

GET THE USER GUIDE

 

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third-party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. Use of third party names or marks is for informational purposes only and no endorsement of or by AMD is intended or implied.