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AMD Radeon ProRender, available in over a dozen leading digital content creation and CAD applications, is our fast, easy, and incredible rendering engine built on industry standards that lets you create stunningly photorealistic images on virtually any GPU, any CPU, and any OS1.

To coincide with this week’s start of the SIGGRAPH 2020 Virtual Conference, we released some significant updates for developers including a big update to the beta of our upcoming Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK and new beta versions of our open-source plug-ins for Autodesk Maya, Blender, and SideFX Houdini.

Updated Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK Beta for Developers

Back in May, we announced some important changes as to how we license Radeon ProRender, moving to the Apache License 2.0, helping make it even easier for developers to integrate Radeon ProRender into their content creation applications. We also released the first beta of the Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK, the next generation of our rendering software that is part of our Radeon ProRender Developer Suite, and today we are releasing an updated beta with even more new features.

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In addition to the already announced features and improvements of Radeon ProRender 2.0 -- such as the new flexible shader node system, out-of-core support for heavy geometry, improvements to our rendering convergence (noise over time), and improved CPU + GPU rendering – we’re adding three key new additions to the latest beta: MaterialX support, LPE (Light Path Expression) AOVs, and sphere and disk light types.


 

Continued Support for Open Standards with MaterialX

MaterialX is an open standard created by Lucasfilm for the transfer of materials between applications and renderers. It addresses the need for a common standard for the look of 3D assets (including shaders, textures, and materials) in today’s complex content creation workflows that often use multiple applications.

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Radeon ProRender 2.0 now supports standard MaterialX nodes, including the “Standard Surface” shader, and by using our updated SDK developers can now easily add support for this emerging industry standard into their application.


 

Developer Defined AOVs and New Light Types

In the current version of the Radeon ProRender SDK and the plug-ins and application integrations built upon it, we support a wide variety of common AOVs (Arbitrary Output Variables). However, these predefined AOVs don’t always fit an artist’s needs, so in Radeon ProRender 2.0 we’ve added support for LPE (Light Path Expressions) AOVs. This gives developers nearly unlimited options to define AOVs in their application or the ability to let users create their own custom AOVs based on the desired light path.

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Along with LPE, we’ve also added to the Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK beta support for sphere lights, which are useful for making point-type lights with softness, and disk lights, which can be used instead of a spot light where increased physical accuracy is desired.


 

New Beta Plug-ins with Radeon ProRender 2.0

When we released the first Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK beta in May, we also made some meaningful updates to our plug-ins available for leading content-creation applications. Not only did we add features like support for OpenVBD volumes and an “experimental” beta Radeon ProRender 2.0 rendering mode to our Blender and Maya plug-ins, but we also made all our plug-ins available as open-source versions on GitHub, which developers can use as examples of how to integrate our renderer into their application.

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And today we’re updating our plug-ins for Autodesk Maya, Blender, and SideFX Houdini -- releasing beta versions on GitHub with some big improvements. The biggest update is that we’ve made substantial improvements to the beta Radeon ProRender 2.0 rendering mode in both the Blender and Maya plug-ins, with support for Blender viewport/Maya IPR (interactive photorealistic render) rendering. Also, with these updates, RPR 2.0 rendering mode noise should be lower for equivalent sample counts, and performance scaling across multiple devices is improved.


 

Support for the Blender 2.90 Beta and Maya nHair

As well as all the improvements made to the beta Radeon ProRender 2.0 mode, the other updates in our new beta Blender plug-in/add-on include support for the beta version of Blender 2.90, improved ML (machine learning) denoising, and a new option in the Viewport Sampling settings called “samples per second” that is roughly analogous to FPS. Using this setting, the viewport render resolution is dynamically adjusted to maintain the desired samples per second and, therefore, the level of interactivity. This adaptive resolution enables a much better viewport experience, especially on higher resolution displays.

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For the Maya plug-in, some of the updates include support for Maya’s nHair dynamic hair system, support for Maya GPU cache objects (Alembic files), improved ML denoising, and adding the capability to assign a “Light Group ID” attribute to lights. With the corresponding AOV, this allows artists to separate lighting via groups of lights.

For both plug-ins, these aren’t the only updates, and there are a whole host of fixed issues in both beta releases which you can read more about in the respective release notes (Blender, Maya) for each plug-in on GitHub.   


 

New Beta Plug-In for SideFX Houdini, Plus Weekly Builds

In May we updated our SideFX Houdini plug-in that integrates into Solaris (Houdini’s USD-based set of tools for lookdev, layout, and lighting) with support for the Houdini principled shader and OpenVDB volume rendering. Today’s new beta release adds Radeon ProRender material nodes and support for Radeon ProRender 2.0 rendering.

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Lastly, for developers and users who want to be on the bleeding edge of Radeon ProRender and want to test the latest developments of our plug-ins, we’ll be posting weekly development builds on GitHub every Friday. You can follow the repository of each of our plug-ins on GitHub to get notified about these weekly updates.

However, we do recommend that 3D artists still use one of the production builds posted on our main Radeon ProRender download page unless they are excited about a new feature we just added and are willing to help with testing.


 

Updated Beta SDK and New Beta Plug-Ins Available Now

Everything you’ve read about above is available today. Developers can visit GPUOpen to learn more about our latest Radeon ProRender SDKs and download them from GitHub, and developers and users can download our new beta plug-ins from the GitHub links below.

For more information about AMD Radeon ProRender, please check out our web page.

AMD Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK

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DEVELOPER GUIDE

Beta Plug-In for Blender

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RELEASE NOTES

Beta Plug-In for Houdini

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RELEASE NOTES

Beta Plug-In for Maya

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RELEASE NOTES

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

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

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Alexander Blake-Davies is a Creators Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his 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

Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance title image render created by The Pixelary using AMD Radeon ProRender for Blender. 3D model courtesy of and copyright Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

  1. GPU or CPU support for OpenCL or Apple Metal required. Radeon ProRender supports Windows, macOS, and Linux.

© 2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk 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 the EU and the USA. F1, FORMULA ONE, and related marks are trademarks of Formula One Licensing B.V. Houdini and SideFX are registered trademarks or trademarks of Side Effects Software Inc. registered in the USA and other countries. Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. Lucasfilm: © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. macOS and Metal are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos Group, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or 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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For Enterprises, optimizing total cost of ownership is critical. Gaining an understanding of the maintenance and ongoing cost of the system you choose for your business is as imperative as making the initial purchase. Today we’re pleased to announce our third enterprise driver release of the year. AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3, continues to feature the stability, performance, security features, and image quality that our professional graphics users have come to expect and rely on. Read on to learn the highlights of what our new 20.Q3 enterprise driver delivers.

Improved Productivity with Year-Over-Year Performance Improvements
With the quarterly enterprise driver releases, the focus is on continuously optimizing performance in every release, in part thanks to the close collaborations we have with leading ISV application developers. That means if you want to boost your productivity and turbocharge your workflows, helping you become more efficient with every update, it pays to update to our latest driver. For example, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 is up to 15% faster in the geomean  SPECviewperf 13 benchmark viewsets than the 19.Q3 driver1. Because of our commitment to continual optimizations you can expect to see additional performance improvements over the lifetime of your Radeon Pro graphics card.

 

Rethink Power Efficiency with Intelligent Power Management
The driver’s intelligent power usage management capability enables select AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards to choose the optimal power for different professional application workflows, helping save power in your workspace. Streamlining and saving power consumption can help save money by lowering electricity costs. When using our AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 driver, the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card used up to 42% less power than the competion.2

 

Radeon Pro is Designed for Multitasking
Today’s creative workflows very rarely involve working with one application at a time – you’re constantly switching between different applications and doing tasks in the foreground while you wait for more demanding tasks, such as rendering, to finish in the background. When it comes to multitasking AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise and AMD Radeon Pro graphics together deliver superior multitasking performance to our competition. For instance, when testing multi tasking,  AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card with Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 provides up to 53% better multitasking performance versus the competition when running the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark 3dsmax-06 modeling workflow.3

 

 Improved Image Quality for Better Decision Making

AMD Radeon Pro Image Boost delivers optimal clarity and pixel accurate results. Don’t waste time making a judgement call based on an unclear image, always-completed-frames output makes for better decision making, and time management.

 

Download Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 today!

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1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 2020, on a test system comprising of an, Intel Core i9-9900K CPU @ 3.60GHz, 32 GB RAM, Asus Strix Z390-E motherboard Windows® 10 for Workstations 64-bit October v. 2004 Update, System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings, Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 compared to AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 .Benchmark Application: ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3: 150.43. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3: 131.19. Performance Differential: (150.43-131.19)/131.19*100 = ~14.7% better performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 on the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics card.Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.SPEC®, and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-128

2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 2020 on a test system comprising of an Intel Core i9-9900K CPU @ 3.60GHz, 32 GB RAM, Asus Strix Z390-E motherboard at default settings, and Windows® 10 for Workstations 64-bit October v. 2004 Update , System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics card using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3, versus the an NVIDIA RTX™ 4000 using NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (451.48) on the same test system.Test Applications: Driver-defined GPU voltage data recorded using a wattmeter to read power use during an automated SOLIDWORKS® workflow stress test, and during a real-world professional graphics workload by running 123 seconds of the AMD internal SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflow test.When testing GPU efficiency in terms of power consumed in watts, over 123 seconds over an average of 3 trials on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 a cumulative average of 78.7 watts were consumed, versus the NVIDIA RTX™ 4000 and NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (451.48) which had a cumulative average of 111.5 watts consumed. Resulting in 41.6% more efficient power consumption from AMD. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-129


3.Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July, 2020 on a test system comprising of Intel® Core™ i9-9900K CPU @ 3.60GHz CPU, Asus Strix Z390-E motherboard at default settings, Windows® 10 for Workstations 64-bit October v. 2004 Update , System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings with the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 versus an NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (451.77) driver, on the same test system.Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark 3dsmax-06 viewset performance while multitasking by simultaneously running Blender® (version 2.81) Cycles CPU rendering. The AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark 3dsmax-06: 162.85 average of three iterations. NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro™ Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R450 U2 (451.77) driver: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark 3dsmax-06: 106.43 average of three iterations. Performance Differential: (162.86-106.43)/106.43*100 = ~53% better performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q3 on the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. SPEC®, and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg.. RPS-130


Anna Fieger is a Software Product Marketing Coordinator for AMD. Her postings are 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

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© 2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. SPEC®, and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at 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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Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence have increasingly become part of many of today’s software tools and technologies, both accelerating the performance of existing technologies and helping scientists and researchers create new technologies to solve some of the world’s most profound challenges.

 

Because of this, there is an increasing demand to learn the fundamentals of machine learning by both existing software engineers and students. However, one of the challenges many users face is the accessibility of machine learning workflows and tools – they will commonly need to use Linux software solutions, often on separate hardware from what they use for their day-to-day computing tasks.

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To solve this challenge, at Build 2020 Microsoft announced that they are adding GPU-accelerated compute support to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which allows the use of command-line Linux applications side-by-side with native Windows 10 applications. This update will help lower the barrier to entry to acquiring machine learning skills by letting users have the best of both worlds -- allowing them to use the Windows systems they already have, including those powered by AMD hardware.

 

“Microsoft has worked closely with AMD to help drive the democratization of machine learning using DirectML on Windows and inside WSL, enabling anyone, including students and beginners, to use AMD hardware to power popular ML training workflows.”
         – Kam VedBrat, General Manager, Windows AI Platform & Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft

 

One of the key components of this update is the use of the Microsoft DirectML API, which up until now enabled GPU-accelerated machine learning inference on any DirectX 12 compatible GPU such as our AMD Radeon and Radeon Pro graphics cards. With this update, machine learning training workflows can now be GPU-accelerated on Windows 10 too, and Microsoft is also working to integrate DirectML into the most used machine learning tools, libraries, and frameworks. And because many of the most used tools run on Linux, Microsoft is ensuring that DirectML works well within WSL.

 

To see this in action, you can watch the Microsoft 365 Developer Build 2020 Skilling Session video below where GPU-accelerated DirectML machine learning training is demonstrated on Windows 10 using an AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition processor in the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3.

 

Additionally, today Microsoft is taking the first step to bringing this feature to Windows 10 with a public preview for members of the Windows Insider Program. The preview package includes a build of TensorFlow with a DirectML backend, and students and beginners can either start their ML learning journey on Windows 10 with the TensorFlow tutorial models or the examples Microsoft has released.

 

To support this preview, we have worked closely with Microsoft to enable this on our graphics cards and we are releasing a preview Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver that enables support for DirectX 12 compatible GPU-acceleration within the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

 

This driver is compatible with AMD Radeon graphics, Radeon Pro graphics, Ryzen and Ryzen PRO Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega graphics, and Ryzen and Ryzen PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega graphics (or a complete list of compatible AMD products, please refer to the release notes).

 

To try out the preview on your AMD-powered system, you’ll need to download our preview driver and follow the directions outlined in Microsoft’s blog post along with the guidance in their getting started documentation.

 

 

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his 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

©2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, Ryzen, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Microsoft, DirectX, Surface, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. TensorFlow, the TensorFlow logo and any related marks are trademarks of Google Inc. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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AMD Radeon™ ProRender is our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine built on industry standards that can take your rendering to the next level on virtually any GPU, any CPU, and any OS1 in over a dozen leading digital content creation and CAD applications.

On-time for this week’s relaunch of GPUOpen, we have some exciting new announcements and releases, including some big changes for developers looking to integrate Radeon ProRender into their applications, a preview of our next-generation rendering engine, and new and updated plug-ins for Blender®, Houdini™, Maya®, and Unreal® Engine.

Now Even Easier for Developers to Implement

AMD Radeon™ ProRender Developer Suite, our complete toolkit of SDKs for developers looking to add physically-based rendering to their application’s workflow, has moved to a new home on GPUOpen -- relaunched this week with a brand-new website with a modern look and feel.

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Along with this move, we have also made some important changes as to how we license Radeon ProRender for developers to make it even easier to work with. Our SDKs are now freely available under the permissive Apache License 2.0, simplifying the licensing agreement to use Radeon ProRender in your application.

On top of this new licensing model, we are also making open-source versions of all our Radeon ProRender plug-ins available on GPUOpen, which developers can use as examples of how to integrate our renderer into their application.


 

Updated SDKs, Including the Next Generation of AMD Rendering Software

The developer suite consists of three SDKs, AMD Radeon™ ProRender, AMD Radeon™ Rays, and the AMD Radeon™ Image Filter Library SDK, and in addition to the new home and licensing changes, we are made a few substantial updates. Firstly, a beta of the Radeon ProRender 2.0 SDK, the next generation of our rendering software, is now available.

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Background image created by Yohsuke Nakano using Radeon ProRender for Maya and rendered using Render Pool, used with permission

AMD Radeon ProRender 2.0 adds several significant new features and improvements, including a new flexible shader node system, out-of-core support for heavy geometry, and improvements to our rendering algorithm designed for better convergence with the same samples per pixel. Radeon ProRender 2.0 also lets developers boost their applications’ rendering performance with improved CPU + GPU rendering2 – for example when tested with our internal render test with the just announced the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII plus the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X working together, render times were up to 47 percent faster.3

Lastly, we have released AMD Radeon Rays 4.0, an update to our high-performance ray intersection acceleration library. This latest version supports both AMD GPUs and CPUs as well as those of other vendors using DirectX® 12 in addition to Vulkan® APIs, has a custom AABB hierarchy, and includes GPU Bounding Volume Hierarchy (BVH) optimizations. Radeon Rays 2.0 is still available for developers needing OpenCL™ support.


 

New Plug-In for Unreal Engine

In addition to all the updates we have for developers, don’t think we’ve also forgotten our users. Today we’re also releasing our new Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Unreal® Engine which adds both our Vulkan® API-based Full Spectrum Rendering technology and full OpenCL™ path-traced rendering to this popular application that is increasingly being used for more than just game development.

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Our plug-in is fully integrated into Unreal Engine, and uses the existing lights, materials, and textures of any scene you’ve created – and as the Unreal’s Datasmith tool makes it simple to make Unreal Engine part of product and AEC visualization workflows, designers and architects can now easily create high-quality photorealistic renderings of their creations using Radeon™ ProRender.

Radeon ProRender for Unreal Engine also includes many of the features you would expect from our other plug-ins, such as AI-accelerated denoising, adaptive sampling, and native tone mapping and gamma controls.



Updated Plug-Ins, Including Support for Blender 2.83

Wait, there’s more – we don’t just have a new plug-in but also quite a few exciting new updates to our existing plug-ins. To start, for our Blender® users, we have updated our plug-in to support the upcoming 2.83 release of Blender. We are also adding an OpenVBD volume node, improved export times for image files (when using 2.83), have added utilities for baking nodes, and have updated the installation process to load the plug-in through the Blender add-on preferences menu.

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The Junk Shop scene created by Alex Treviño, original concept by Anaïs Maamar. Rendered by AMD using AMD Radeon ProRender for Blender

Our plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® now supports the latest version, 2020, and this update adds a ton of new and updated features, including support for Esphere's Ornatrix hair plug-in for Maya, support for rendering OpenVBD volumes, Radeon ProRender lights showing in the Maya Light Editor and HyperShade, support for more Maya shader nodes, camera motion blur, and various UI improvements.

Our newest plug-in before today’s release for Unreal® Engine is our plug-in for SideFX® Houdini™ 18 that works with SideFX Solaris, Houdini’s USD-based set of tools for lookdev, layout, and lighting. We have updated our plug-in to support the Houdini principled shader, improved the Radeon ProRender area lights, added motion blur support, and improved our OpenVDB volume rendering.


 

Try Out Our Next-Generation Rendering Engine Today

Lastly, as an extra treat for our dedicated Radeon™ ProRender users, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of Radeon ProRender 2.0 rendering – in our updated plug-ins for Blender® and Maya® (Windows® versions only) you can now turn on an “experimental” beta Radeon ProRender 2.0 mode to preview some of the improvements our next-generation rendering engine brings to table. Keep in mind as an “experimental” feature, this mode should not be expected to be as stable as the standard rendering mode and is not recommended for use in production workflows, it’s just to give you a taste of what’s coming.



New and Updated Plug-Ins Available Now

Everything you’ve read about above is available today. Developers can visit GPUOpen to learn more about and download our latest Radeon ProRender SDKs and users can download our new and updated plug-ins from the link below.

For more information about Radeon ProRender, please check out our web page.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AMD RADEON PRORENDER DEVELOPER SUITE
DOWNLOAD THE RADEON PRORENDER 2.0 SDK BETA


LEARN MORE ABOUT RADEON RAYS 4.0

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED PLUG-INS NOW

 

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

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

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Footnotes:

Title image created by Serghei Nenov using Radeon™ ProRender for Maya®

Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance render created by Mike Griggs using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Cinema 4D™. 3D model courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

  1. GPU or CPU support for OpenCL™ or Apple® Metal® required. Radeon™ ProRender supports Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®.
  2. Only supported when using an AMD CPU + an AMD GPU.
  3. When using AMD Radeon™ ProRender 2.0 with support for GPU + GPU rendering, the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII GPU enables up to 16% faster render times when compared to CPU rendering alone, and the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII + AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X enables up to 47% faster GPU+CPU render times when compared to GPU rendering alone in the internal AMD “Breakfast room” render test. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 29, 2020 on the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII graphics card and pre-release AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.10 RC-Prime9, on a test system comprising an AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X, 64 GB DDR4 RAM, MSI TRX40 motherboard with BIOS version 1.22N3 at default settings, 500 GB SSD, Windows® 10 Pro November 2019 Update. Benchmark Application: ran the Radeon™ ProRender 2.0 SDK internal AMD render test rendering the “Breakfast room” render test at 10 iterations and then calculated the average time in milliseconds of 35 runs for CPU, GPU, and CPU+CPU rendering (lower is better). AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X render time in ms: 2606.18. AMD Radeon™ Pro VII render time in ms: 2180.19. AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X + AMD Radeon™ Pro VII render time in ms: 1163.21. Performance Differential GPU vs. CPU Rendering: (2606.18-2180.19)/2606.18*100 = ~16.35% faster rendering time using the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII GPU over the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X CPU. Performance Differential CPU+GPU vs. GPU Rendering: (2180.19-1163.21)/2180.19*100 = ~46.65% faster rendering time using the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII GPU + AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3990X CPU together over just the AMD Radeon™ Pro VII GPU. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-127
  4. AMD Infinity Fabric™ Link requires two Radeon Pro VII GPUs, a compatible bridge connector (either a two- or a three-slot bridge connector, both sold separately.), and Radeon Software for Enterprise driver 20.Q2 or later. Compatible software is currently limited to Radeon™ ProRender, but additional application compatibility is expected in future 3rd party software releases and are required to use the combined graphics memory of both cards. GD-169

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. His postings are his 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


© 2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk 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. Houdini and SideFX are registered trademarks or trademarks of Side Effects Software Inc. registered in the USA and other countries. Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. macOS is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos Group, Inc. Unreal is a registered trademark of Epic Games, Inc. in the US and elsewhere. Vulkan is a registered trademark of Khronos Group Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or 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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Today we’re pleased to announce our second enterprise driver release of the year, AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2, that continues to feature the quality, performance, security features, image quality, simplicity, and innovative features that our professional graphics users have come to expect. Read on to learn the highlights of what our new 20.Q2 enterprise driver delivers.

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Improved Productivity with Year-Over-Year Performance Improvements
With our quarterly enterprise driver releases, we are continuously optimizing performance in every release, in part thanks to the close collaborations we have with leading ISV application developers. That means if you want to boost your productivity and turbocharge your workflows, it pays to update to our latest driver. For example, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 is up to 14% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark viewsets than last year’s 19.Q2 driver1 and you can expect to see additional performance improvements over the lifetime of your Radeon Pro graphics card2.

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Rethink Power Efficiency with Intelligent Power Management
Our driver’s intelligent power usage management enables select AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards to choose the optimal power for different professional application workflows, and that doesn’t just include in manufacturing applications like SOLIDWORKS but also when using creative applications like Adobe Photoshop. When using our AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 driver, the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card used up to 18% less system power when running Photoshop than the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver3.

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Radeon Pro is Designed for Multitasking
Today’s creative workflows very rarely involve working with one application at a time – you’re constantly switching between different applications and doing tasks in the foreground while you wait for more demanding tasks, such as rendering, to finish in the background. When it comes to multitasking AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise and AMD Radeon Pro graphics together deliver superior performance to our competition. When using SOLIDWORKS and CPU rendering with KeyShot 8 in the background, AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card when using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 provides up to 2.4x the average performance versus the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver4.

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Footnotes

  1. AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 is up to 14% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark viewsets than AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 when using the Radeon Pro WX 4100 GPU. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 29, 2020, on a test system comprising of an Intel Xeon W-2125 4-core 4.50 GHz CPU, 32 GB RAM, Windows 10 for Workstations 64-bit October 2018 Update, System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings, Radeon Pro WX 4100, AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2/AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. Benchmark Application: ran the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets (higher is better). AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2: 41.84. AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2: 36.86. Performance Differential: (41.84-36.86)/36.86*100 = ~13.51% better performance with AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 on the Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-125
  2. See https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-pro-software for more details.
  3. The same computer equipped with the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card using AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 consumes up to 18% less average system power the PugetBench for Photoshop benchmark compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver. 

    Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 20, 2020, on the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver, on a test system comprising an Intel Core i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 12.0.22.1310 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows 10 Pro November 2019 Update. Power was measured using the power using a Kill-A-Watt P3 P4400 wattmeter over the timespan of PugetBench for Adobe Photoshop v. 0.8 beta, commercial version. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PugetBench is from Puget Systems. RPW-312

  4. The AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card when using AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 provides up to 2.4x the average SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark  Graphics Composite performance while multitasking with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of April 20, 2020, on the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver, on a test system comprising an Intel Core i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 12.0.22.1310 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows 10 Pro November 2019 Update. Benchmark application: the SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite was run while KeyShot 8 CPU rendered an AMD internal 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations to simulate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the ratio between the two scores. AMD Radeon Pro W5700 SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite average overall test results score with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering a 3d model: 2.17. NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite average overall test results score with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering a 3d model: 0.91. Difference in performance while multitasking between the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card and the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card (2.17/0.91) = 2.38x the average SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite performance (while multitasking with KeyShot 8 CPU rendering a 3d model) for the AMD Radeon Pro W5700. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-316


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© 2020 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe in the United States and/or other countries. KeyShot is a registered trademark of Luxion, Inc. in the US and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. NVIDIA, Quadro, and Quadro RTX are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. SPEC, SPECapc, SPECviewperf, and SPECworkstation are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at 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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Keep on Creating at Home

The world recently has become a very different place, with so many of us working remotely at home, staying safe with our families, and supporting all the essential and healthcare workers on the frontlines of the current crisis.

While some professionals are already used to working remotely, already equipped with a workstation desktop at home or using a powerful workstation notebook (such as the AMD Radeon Pro-powered HP ZBook 14u and 15u Mobile Workstations*) -- there are still many 3d artists, architects, designers, and engineers who need remote access to a more powerful system to get their work done.

Thankfully, AMD has several technologies and partnerships that can help both individual professionals and IT managers to overcome some of the challenges they are facing and better enable themselves or their teams to work from home.

Our offerings encompass both remotely connecting to the existing workstation hardware already on your office desk or in your company’s server rack using AMD Remote Workstation1, AMD powered Microsoft Azure NVv4 virtual desktops and workstations in the cloud, and AMD Radeon Pro ReLive, our professional-grade solution for high-resolution screen capture, recording, and video streaming.

Below are some links to resources where you can learn more about our remote working technologies, along with some links to useful articles from some of our partners.



Create Your Best Work Anywhere with AMD Remote Workstation
AMD Remote Workstation lets you access your physical workstation, either on your desk or in your datacenter, from virtually anywhere with rich graphics acceleration via leading remote visualization tools such as Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops* or Microsoft Remote Desktop*.



AMD Powered Microsoft Azure NVv4 Workstations in the Cloud
Powered by 2nd generation AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs, Microsoft Azure NVv4 instances deliver security-focused and affordable GPU-accelerated virtualized desktops and workstations in the cloud.



Create, Capture and Collaborate with AMD Radeon Pro ReLive
Built into AMD Radeon Pro Software, AMD Radeon Pro ReLive is our solution for recording and streaming professional workflows when using professional applications helping you collaborate, present, train, and provide customer support while working from home.



Partner Resources
Here are some useful links to content some of our partners have posted about working from home in these challenging times.*

Additional Resources

 

*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


Footnotes

  1. Compatible with AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100, 3100, 3200, 4100, 5100, 7100, 8200, 9100, and AMD Radeon Pro W5500 and W5700 GPUs. Remote Workstation functionality requires AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver 18.Q4 or newer plus purchase and installation of Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. RPS-50

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For today’s release of Blender® 2.81, we've updated our Radeon™ ProRender plug-in to support this new version of Blender (don’t worry, the plug-in still works fine with Blender 2.80). This brings some great new updates for artists, helping with the dream of creating reality in their renders!

Full Spectrum Rendering

Radeon ProRender enables physically-based GPU rendering through OpenCL™. Now with our Full Spectrum Rendering modes, it also brings Vulkan®-based ray tracing to Windows® and Linux® users. This allows the user to set the quality level to a wide spectrum from rasterized to fully path-traced (in OpenCL™) render quality, enabling everything from fast viewport previews to accurate final renders.

 

Better User Documentation

Rendering software is complicated. There are many shader nodes, light parameters, and sampling settings to keep track of. For all users, novice to expert, good documentation is key. We have invested significantly in updating the documentation for our Radeon ProRender plug-ins to help you out with this: https://radeon-pro.github.io/RadeonProRenderDocs/plugins/blender/about.html

Here you will find detailed explanations of the plug-in settings, as well as images to throw light on software features, and in many cases, example scenes to illustrate concepts. Check out the documentation today.

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Easy Volumes and Fog

Adding realism to scenes for rendering can be a challenging task for an artist. One phenomenon in the real world that helps with this is fog. Very few atmospheres are completely clear and adding fog to your scene will cause distant objects to fade just like the real world. We’ve added a simple button in the Blender World panel to quickly create a fog effect. 

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Layered Textures and Shaders

Complex materials lead to a complex Material Node Graph. We added two new nodes to simplify the artist’s life. Layered Textures let you blend up to 8 textures in a single node. Similarly, the Layered Shader lets you blend multiple Uber or Principled nodes to create complex materials with masks.

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Other material improvements

We are constantly working to improve other materials as well. This includes:

  • Glass materials, roughness for glass, and glossy BSDFs
  • Better matching Cycles in the Principled BSDF
  • Close matching of Blender displacement
  • Better light intensity matching
  • And more!

Download and check out our updated plug-in for Blender 2.81 (and 2.80) now!

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Blender® Car demo scene created by Mike Pan.

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Reducing your own and your company’s carbon footprint is something just about everyone is thinking about in today’s eco-conscious world -- saving power doesn’t just save money by lowering electricity costs, it also helps combat the threat posed by global climate change.


When thinking about GPU power consumption, the most commonly used metric is thermal design power (TDP). However, this is merely an upper limit. The actual power consumption of a GPU is highly variable depending on the graphics workload, especially in professional design applications. Also, what’s more important to know is your system’s overall power efficiency in real-world workloads because only that gives you a true understanding of how much power your workstation is consuming as your work.

Power Efficiency Leadership
If you look at system power consumption in typical real-world professional workflows – like, say, SOLIDWORKS® -- AMD clearly leads the competition in no small part due to the intelligent power management of AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise and the 7nm RDNA architecture found in our latest Radeon™ Pro graphics cards.

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Our software’s intelligent power usage enables select Radeon™ Pro graphics cards to choose the optimal power for different professional application workflows, helping deliver better overall system power efficiency. For example, when using our new Radeon™ Pro W5700 workstation graphics card with Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, professionals can expect to see up to 18% overall better system power consumption in real-world 3D design workflows than when using the NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U1 (440.97).1


Rethink Power Efficiency and Upgrade to Radeon Pro Graphics
Now that you can see how much power you can save in professional graphics workflows, if you’re not already using Radeon Pro graphics in your workstation it’s time to think about upgrading to AMD today!


LEARN MORE ABOUT RADEON PRO GRAPHICS

LEARN MORE ABOUT RADEON PRO SOFTWARE


 

Footnotes

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of October 24th 2019 on AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 with Radeon™ Pro W5700 and NVIDIA Quadro® driver 440.97 with NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000, on a test system comprising an  Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, 32 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard with BIOS version  7B48v2A, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, and Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Power was measured using the average of second-by-second value readouts from a Kill A Watt P3 P3IP4400 wattmeter over a 30-second time span spent in a SOLIDWORKS® 2019 solid modeling workflow. Results may vary. RPS-110


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Our first enterprise driver of the new decade, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1, is now available to kickstart your professional workflows with significant one-year performance improvement1 and support for our latest RDNA architecture-based AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card, the new design and engineering GPU of choice. With our 20.Q1 driver, we are also continuing to deliver the quality and reliability our enterprise users expect, with additional Day Zero certifications for workstation graphics users and optimal performance for commercial workflows for users with consumer Radeon™ graphics, thanks to our “One Driver” feature.


 

Support for the New Design and Engineering GPU of Choice
Launched today, the Radeon Pro W5500 is the next card in our new line of RDNA architecture-based 7nm professional PC workstation graphics cards and is fully supported by our 20.Q1 driver. Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise also helps the Radeon Pro W5500 deliver outstanding multitasking performance, with up to 11x the estimated application workflow performance while multitasking when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card using the same NVIDIA Quadro® ODE R440 U4 (441.66) driver.2

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Power Efficiency Leadership
Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise’s intelligent power usage enables the Radeon Pro W5500 to select the optimal power for different professional application real-world workflows, resulting in up to 32 percent less average system power consumption in SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflows when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U4 (441.66) driver3.

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Additionally, Radeon Pro Software’s intelligent reliability capability helps improve your GPU's reliability, for example, by profiling the Radeon™ Pro W5500 to use lower than the maximum driver-defined GPU voltage in real-world professional workloads such as SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflows, minimizing the potential for any downtime.4


 

Boost Your Productivity by Upgrading Your Driver
It pays to keep your enterprise driver up to date, with the continuous performance improvements in every Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise release accelerating your workflows and boosting your productivity -- the 20.Q1 driver delivers substantially more performance than last year’s 19.Q1 driver, up to an estimated 15 percent faster geomean score of the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics card.1


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Our Continued Focus on Image Quality
In 2019 we added AMD Radeon™ Pro Image Boost with our 19.Q1 enterprise driver release, a professional version of our Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) technology tuned for use with workstation applications that enhances image sharpness and clarity no matter the resolution of the display being used and since then we’ve continued to focus on delivering the image quality professionals demand. Our image precision reliably delivers pixel-accurate results for workflows that demand accuracy, such as medical imaging, and our image consistency helps ensure completed frames are always displayed in your application viewport.


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Professional Certification Leadership
Our Day Zero Certification Program continues to go from strength to strength with Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 being certified in over 243 professional applications as of February 5, 2020, ready for today’s launch of the Radeon Pro W5500. When added to the total, we’ve now been able to deliver over 1400 Day Zero ISV application certifications since the program launched5, letting you enjoy the latest features of a newly posted enterprise driver along with the benefits of certification on the day the driver is released!


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Unified “One Driver” for Commercial Graphics
Since 2017, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise has supported AMD Radeon™ graphics cards for consumer and commercial users with our “One Driver” feature, which is a single unified driver package for ALL your AMD graphics hardware, whether it be Radeon Pro or select Radeon products.6

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This simplifies deploying our latest software to all your enterprise’s graphics hardware (workstation or commercial) and lets all your users take advantage of the stability, quality, and performance of our enterprise software. For example, when compared to using our competitor’s consumer graphics cards for commercial use, Radeon graphics users can benefit from superior multitasking performance, with up to 1.4x better application workflow performance while multitasking.7

Download Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 today!

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Footnotes

  1. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 is up to 15% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark viewsets than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 GPU. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 2020, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® W-2125 4-core 4.50 GHz CPU, 32 GB RAM, Windows® 10 for Workstations 64-bit October 2018 Update, System BIOS 1.11.1 at default settings, Radeon™ Pro WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1: 147.64. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1: 127.88. Performance Differential: (147.64-127.88)/127.88*100 = ~15.45% better performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 on the Radeon Pro WX 9100 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. The following needs to be included at least once per document: SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-118
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 21, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 and the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U4 (441.66) driver, on a test system comprising an Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 0905 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows® 10 October 2018 Update. Benchmark application and derived metric calculation: the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset was run with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer to simulate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the performance when multitasking as a percentage then calculated the ratio between the two percentages. AMD RADEON™ PRO W5500 RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset average test results score: 138.75. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 with SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously average: 86.82. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (86.82- 138.75)/138.75*100) = 62.57% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card. NVIDIA QUADRO® P2200 RESULTS: NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset average test results score: 139.76. NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 with SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously average: 7.91. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (7.91- 139.76)/139.76*100) = 5.66% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card. Difference in performance while multitasking between the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card (62.57/5.66)-1 = ~10.05x average better application workflow performance for the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPW-274
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 21, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 and the NVIDIA Quadro® P2200 graphics card with the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U4 (441.66) driver, on the same test system. Power was measured using the average of second-by-second value readouts from a Kill-A-Watt P3 P4400 wattmeter over a 5-minute time span spent in the AMD internal SOLIDWORKS 2020 solid modeling workflow test. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers and other variables. RPW-273
  4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 22, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1, on a test system comprising an Intel® Core™ i5-8400 CPU, 16 GB RAM, MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard with BIOS version 7B48v29 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, and Windows® 10 April 2018 Update. Test Applications: Driver-defined GPU voltage data recorded using AMD Graphics Manager at idle, at maximum load using the Furmark v1.20.50 GPU stress test, and during a real-world professional graphics workload by running 5 min of the AMD internal SOLIDWORKS® 2020 solid modeling workflow test. Results: AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 minimum average driver-defined GPU voltage at idle: 0.23V. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 maximum average driver-defined GPU voltage using Furmark: 1.10V. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5500 average driver-defined GPU voltage in real-world professional graphics application workloads: 0.50V. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-119
  5. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has over 1440 ISV application certifications since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. Based on AMD internal research as of February 5, 2020, the total number of ISV application certifications for AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers (18.Q4 + 19.Q1 + 19.Q2 + 19.Q3 + 19.Q4 + 20.Q1) since the start of Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018) is 1443. Please see https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers for a complete list of Radeon™ Pro Software certifications. RPS-107
  6. The Radeon™ Pro Software “One Driver” supports the following AMD Radeon™ products: Radeon™ 530, 535, 540, Radeon™ RX 460, 470, 480, 540, 550, 560, 570, 580, 590, 5500 series, 5700 series, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition, Radeon™ RX Vega 56, Vega 64, and Radeon™ VII graphics cards.
  7. The AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 “One Driver” provides up to 1.4x better application workflow performance while multitasking in the SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset when compared to the Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G graphics card using the NVIDIA® Studio Driver 441.66. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of January 21, 2020, on the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card and AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q1 “One Driver” and the Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G graphics card with the NVIDIA® Studio Driver 441.66, on a test system comprising an Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Asus ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard with BIOS version 0905 at default settings, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Benchmark application and derived metric calculation: the SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset was run with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer to generate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the performance when multitasking as a percentage then calculated the ratio between the two percentages. AMD RADEON™ RX 5700 RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset test results average score: 232.13. AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 with SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset average test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously: 143.63. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (143.63- 232.13)/232.13*100) = 61.87% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card. GIGABYTE GEFORCE RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G RESULTS: Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset test results average score: 254.80. Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G with SPECviewperf®13 benchmark maya-05 viewset test results score with Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019 rendering an AMD internal engine 3d model at 1920 x 1080 with continuous iterations using the Arnold CPU renderer simultaneously average score: 66.26. Performance when multitasking: 100 + (66.26- 254.8)/254.8*100) = 26% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 WINDFORCE OC 6G graphics card. Difference in performance while multitasking between the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 2060 graphics card (61.87/26)-1 = ~1.38x better application workflow performance for the AMD Radeon™ RX 5700 graphics card. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RX-431


Alexander Blake-Davies
is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. 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

 

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AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. NVIDIA and Quadro are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. SPEC®, SPECapc®, SPECviewperf®, and SPECworkstation™ are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at 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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2019 has been a great year for AMD Radeon™ ProRender, our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine built on industry standards that enables accelerated rendering on virtually any GPU, any CPU, and any OS in over a dozen leading digital content creation and CAD applications.

At SIGGRAPH 2019 at the end of July, we made some major announcements, including integration into ACCA® Edificius BIM Architectural Design and Edificius Land BIM Landscape Design, plug-in support for Blender® 2.80, upcoming integration into InstaLOD® Studio XL, upcoming distributed cloud rendering services, and updates for developers.

Since then, Radeon ProRender has been gaining even more industry support, with more new integrations, more plug-ins, and more updates -- read on to see why Radeon ProRender really is everywhere!


New Application Integrations

SOLIDWORKS® Visualize lets you quickly and easily create photorealistic renderings and animations from 3D CAD data, and the Standard edition is included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium. However, up until now, an NVIDIA® graphics card was required for GPU-accelerated rendering of your designs in Visualize. That’s all changed now with the latest update -- SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2020, released at the beginning of October, has added support for rendering on AMD graphics cards using Radeon ProRender.

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After announcing the upcoming integration at SIGGRAPH, InstaLOD has now launched Studio XL 2020 that integrates Radeon ProRender into what is one of the leading applications for optimizing 3D content for any platform. The integration enables fast and easy photorealistic GPU-accelerated visualizations from right within Studio XL and includes our AI-accelerated denoising technology.

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Updated Application Integrations

MAXON Cinema 4D was the first content creation application to integrate Radeon ProRender, and the Release 21 update announced at SIGGRAPH 2019 launched in September. The R21 update includes a number of key improvements to Radeon ProRender, including support for the node-based materials first introduced in R20, volume rendering, and updated motion blur and multi-pass rendering options.

Yan Ge (IHDT)_Radeon-ProRender_C4D_White_Whale_1080p.jpgImage created by Yan Ge using Radeon ProRender for Cinema 4D R21 and is used with permission

Modo® is Foundry’s powerful and flexible 3D modeling and rendering tool, and earlier this year at NAB 2019 we announced that Radeon ProRender is integrated into the new version, Modo 13. Since that release, there have been a few updates, with the latest being Modo 13.2. The 13.2 update includes several improvements to the integrated Radeon ProRender, including support for Film Offset, Specular, and Dissolve, and has been updated to the included AMD denoising filters.

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Image created by Mike Griggs using Radeon ProRender for Modo 13 and is used with permission


New Plug-Ins

The latest Radeon ProRender update is our just-released plug-in for SideFX® Houdini™ 18. This new version of SideFX’s groundbreaking procedural 3D modeling and animation system introduces SideFX Solaris, a USD-based set of tools for lookdev, layout, and lighting, with our Radeon ProRender plug-in being one of the first USD HYDRA-compliant renderers available for Solaris.

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Our plug-in for Solaris includes many of the features of our Radeon ProRender plug-ins for other applications, such as adaptive sampling, AI-accelerated denoising, OpenVDB volumes, displacement, and our Vulkan® API-based Full Spectrum Rendering technology that supports every stage of the rendering pipeline from rasterized to path-traced reality.

 

Updated Plug-Ins

At Autodesk University 2019 we announced our updated plug-ins for Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Maya®, with new features including adding Full Spectrum Rendering to Maya and support for Maya MASH Instances. During the same week, we announced our updated plug-in for Blender® to support the latest 2.81 version on the day of its release, adding our Full Spectrum Rendering technology and material improvements, amongst other updates.

Yohsuke Nakano RPR Maya Abandoned_Factory_1080p.jpgImage created by Yohsuke Nakano using Radeon ProRender for Maya and rendered using Render Pool, used with permission

Now, as a holiday gift to the Blender community, we’re planning to release an updated plug-in for Blender 2.81 (updated plug-in expected by Dec 23, 2019), with some installer updates that make installing the plug-in easier, and accelerated geometry export with significant improvements in the time it takes to start rendering after you hit “render”.


Distributed Cloud Rendering

At SIGGRAPH 2019, we announced our collaboration with Bullet Render Farm so you can leverage the power of the cloud and the security of blockchain to get complex rendering jobs completed. Now, we're happy to reveal our second cloud-rendering partnership with Render Pool that can offer Radeon ProRender users render times that are up to “100 to 1000 times faster when compared to standard local computer rendering”.*

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Updated Quarterly Development Roadmap

Lastly, we’ve updated our development roadmap for Radeon ProRender for the end of the year, listing the planned features scheduled to be added in the next quarter and beyond. This roadmap both provides developers information about planned updates to our SDK and gives end-users insight into what they can expect to see in future updates to our plug-ins and application integrations.

New This Quarter

Planned for Next Quarter

Upcoming Features

Production Release of Full Spectrum Rendering in plug-ins

Production release of Full Spectrum Rendering for developers

Preview release of Full Spectrum Rendering 2.0 for developers

Online documentation updates

Preview release of Radeon ProRender 2.0 for developers and end-users

Production release of Radeon™ ProRender 2.0 for developers

Multi-GPU adaptive sampling

Updated Unreal® Engine plug-in

Updated material library

Tapered hair and fur

Support for Blender 2.82

Light baking

 

Support for Maya 2020

 

ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS ON WINDOWS®, macOS®, & LINUX®:
Continued Open Standards Support, Implementing Developer Feedback, and Performance Improvements


 

New and Updated Integrations and Plug-Ins Available Now

Nearly everything you’ve read about above is available today, from the new integration into InstaLOD Studio XL 2020 and updates to the Cinema 4D and Modo 13 integrations, to the new plug-in for Houdini 18 and updated plug-ins for 3ds Max and Maya. Our latest update to our plug-in for Blender 2.81 should be available by Dec 23, 2019, as our holiday gift to the Blender community! 

For more information about Radeon ProRender, please check out our web page.

 

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED 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 AMD Radeon ProRender Discord.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Footnotes:

*Source: FAQ on https://renderpool.net/

Title image render created by InstaLOD using Radeon ProRender for InstaLOD Studio XL and is used with permission.

 

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. 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


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Our last quarterly AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver of 2019, 19.Q4, is now available with optimized performance versus the competition in leading professional applicationsand support for our latest professional graphics card, the just-released AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 workstation GPU. The 19.Q4 driver also continues to prove the value of updating your professional drivers, with higher one-year performance gains than our competition2 and additional Day Zero certifications.

Support for the New Radeon Pro W5700

Launched this week, the Radeon Pro W5700 is the world’s first 7nm professional PC workstation graphics card, built on the new RDNA architecture and powered by Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise.

Our software helps the Radeon Pro W5700 deliver outstanding performance while multitasking, with up to 5.6x the application workflow performance with a heavy CPU load running in the background versus the competition3. Additionally, Radeon Pro Software’s intelligent power usage, when combined with the efficient RDNA architecture, enables up to 18% overall better system power consumption in real-world 3D design workflows when using the Radeon Pro W5700 versus the NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 40004.

Optimized Performance for Leading Professional Applications

By upgrading your Radeon Pro graphics card’s driver to Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, you can improve your productivity by taking advantage of the outstanding performance versus the competition in some of the most popular professional applications, in both design and manufacturing and media and entertainment.

Design and Manufacturing Workflows

When using the Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 with our 19.Q4 driver, designers can expect up to 25% better performance in SOLIDWORKS® 2019 versus the NVIDIA Quadro® P400 running the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94)5. For Siemens NX™ 10 workflows, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 running the 19.Q4 driver is up to 11% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 with the R430 U7 (431.94) driver6.

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Media and Entertainment Workflows

3d artists and content creators can expect to see up to 25% better performance in Autodesk® Maya® 2017 workflows when using the Radeon Pro WX 2100 with the 19.Q4 driver versus the NVIDIA Quadro P400 running the R430 U7 (431.94) driver7, and up to 11% better performance in Autodesk 3ds Max® 2015 workflows when using the Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 and the 19.Q4 driver versus the NVIDIA Quadro® P620 running the R430 U7 (431.94) driver8.

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One-Year Performance Improvements

Along with the competitive performance optimizations our 19.Q4 driver delivers, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise boosts your productivity over the lifetime of your Radeon Pro GPU when you keep your driver up to date, thanks to the continuous performance improvements in every driver release.

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When you compare our one-year performance gains to the competition (when compared over the families of current AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards), in 2019 AMD delivered up to 7% better overall annual improvements when tested with SPECviewperf® 13 whereas our competition delivered NO improvement over the same one-year period. In fact, when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81), the R430 U7 (431.94) driver is up 1% slower using the same test2.

Day Zero Certification Leadership

On the first anniversary of our Day Zero Certification Program (launched in 2018 with our 18.Q4 driver) we’ve been able to deliver over 1200 Day Zero ISV application certifications since the program launched9, and ensured that the Radeon Pro W5700 was certified on some of the leading Autodesk applications for its launch day (the first day of the annual Autodesk University event), including Autodesk 3ds Max, AutoCAD®, Inventor®, Maya, and Revit®10.

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Download Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 today!

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Footnotes

  1. The AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics card when using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 has up to 4% better performance in the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset, up to 4% better performance in the SPECviewperf® benchmark catia-05 viewset, and up to 7% better performance in the SPECviewperf® benchmark maya-05 viewset when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Testing as of October 25, 2019 by AMD Performance Labs on a production test system comprised of an Intel® Xeon® W-2125, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Benchmark Application 1: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 viewset. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 score: 163.46. NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 score: 156.48. Benchmark Application 2: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark catia-05 viewset. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 score: 278.85. NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 score: 267.51. Benchmark Application 3: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark maya-05 viewset. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 score: 303.78. NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 score: 283.79. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results may vary. RPW-258
  2. Over one year of AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise releases (18.Q4-19.Q4), when taking the per-card average of the performance improvements when using the geomeans of all the viewsets of the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark running on the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100/WX 3100/WX 4100/WX 5100/WX 7100/WX 9100 graphics cards, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software’s performance improved by up to 7%, compared to no performance improvement over one year for the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) releases (R410 U3 (411.81) - R430 U7 (431.94)), when taking the per-card average of the geomeans of all the viewsets of the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark running on the NVIDIA Quadro® P400/P620/P1000/P2000/P4000 and NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 6000 graphics cards. Testing as of October 25, 2019 by AMD Performance Labs on a production test system comprised of an Intel® Xeon® W-2125, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100/WX 3100/WX 4100/WX 5100/WX 7100/WX 9100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4, NVIDIA Quadro® P400/P620/P1000/P2000/P4000 and NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 6000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94)/NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81). Benchmark Application and derived metric calculation: ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets on the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100/WX 3100/WX 4100/WX 5100/WX 7100/WX 9100 and NVIDIA Quadro® P400/P620/P1000/P2000/P4000 and NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 6000 graphics cards and then calculated the average improvement between the two drivers used. AMD RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 - AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 score: 20.18, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 17.92. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3100 - AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 geomean score: 37.95, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 geomean score: 35.97. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 - AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 score: 40.58, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 40.29. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 5100 - AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 score: 55.31, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 52.30. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 - AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 score: 91.87, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 83.37. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 - AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 score: 145.15, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 score: 133.04. NVIDIA RESULTS: NVIDIA Quadro® P400 - NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94) score: 16.14, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81) score: 16.48. NVIDIA Quadro® P620 - NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94) score: 30.80, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81) score: 31.42. NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 - NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94) score: 46.94, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81) score: 48.60. NVIDIA Quadro® P2000 - NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94) score: 85.76, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81) score: 84.13. NVIDIA Quadro® P4000 - NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94) score: 124.51, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81) score: 127.34. NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 6000 - NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94) score: 235.82, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U3 (411.81) score: 228.28. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. RPS-113
  3. The AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics card when using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 provides up to 5.6x the application workflow performance while multitasking in the SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded benchmark when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). "Testing as of October 25, 2019 by AMD Performance Labs on production system comprised of an Intel® Xeon® W-2125, 32GB DDR4 RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Benchmark application and derived metric calculation: ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark sw-04 SW2012_shaded test with the Corona Renderer 1.3 CPU benchmark running simultaneously to generate the application workflow performance with multitasking. Calculated the performance when multitasking as a percentage then calculated the ratio between the two percentages. AMD RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 with SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded test results with the Corona Renderer 1.3 CPU benchmark running simultaneously: AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded test results: 1075.51 FPS AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 with SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded test results with the Corona Renderer 1.3 CPU benchmark running simultaneously: 957.07 FPS 88.99% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 graphics card. NVIDIA RESULTS: NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 with SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded test results with the Corona Renderer 1.3 CPU benchmark running in the background: NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded test results: 868.09 FPS NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 with SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 SW2012_shaded test with the Corona Renderer 1.3 CPU benchmark running in the background: 138.66 FPS 15.97% of the workflow performance compared to the performance when not multitasking on the NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card. Results may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. RPW-264
  4. The same computer equipped with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 with Radeon™ Pro W5700 consumes up to 18% less power in SOLIDWORKS® solid modeling workflows compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® driver 440.97 with NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of October 24th 2019 on AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 with Radeon™ Pro W5700 and  NVIDIA Quadro® driver 440.97 with NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 4000, on a test system comprising an  Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, 32 GB 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, MSI Z370-A Pro motherboard with BIOS version  7B48v2A, 512 GB Intel 760p SSD, and Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Power was measured using the average of second-by-second value readouts from a Kill A Watt P3 P3IP4400 wattmeter over a 30-second time span spent in a SOLIDWORKS® 2019 solid modeling workflow. Results may vary. RPS-110
  5. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 GPU has ~25% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite with FSAA enabled when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P400 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 2019, on a production system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/NVIDIA Quadro® P400, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2019 benchmark Graphics Composite with FSAA enabled (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 score: 2.13. NVIDIA Quadro® P400 score: 1.71. Results may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECapc® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. RPS-114
  6. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 GPU has ~11% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10 benchmark Graphics Composite (with no AA) when compared to the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 2019, on production system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10 benchmark Graphics Composite (with no AA) (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 score: 5.17. NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000: 4.64. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on the use of the latest drivers. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECapc® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. RPS-115
  7. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 GPU has ~25% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 benchmark Graphics Interactive Composite with MSAA enabled when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P400 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 2019, on a production system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/NVIDIA Quadro® P400, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 benchmark Graphics Interactive Composite with MSAA enabled (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 score: 2.08. NVIDIA Quadro® P400 score: 1.67. Results may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECapc® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. RPS-117
  8. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4, the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 GPU has ~11% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for 3ds Max® 2015 benchmark Graphics Composite with 8xAA when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P620 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of November 2019, on production system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro for Workstations, 64-bit, System BIOS 1.11.1, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4/NVIDIA Quadro® P620, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U7 (431.94). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for 3ds Max® 2015 benchmark Graphics Composite with 8xAA (higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 score: 2.84. NVIDIA Quadro® P620 score: 2.55. Results may vary. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. SPEC® and SPECapc® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. RPS-116
  9. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has over 1200 ISV application certifications since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. Based on AMD internal research as of November 5, 2019, the total number of ISV application certifications for AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers (18.Q4 + 19.Q1 + 19.Q2 + 19.Q3 + 19.Q4) since the start of Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018) is 1225. Please see https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers for a complete list of Radeon™ Pro Software certifications. RPS-107
  10. AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 and Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q4 certifications as of November 19, 2019. For more information about AMD certifications, please see https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers


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Just in time for Autodesk University 2019 and the exciting release of the new AMD Radeon™ Pro W5700 workstation graphics card, our Radeon™ ProRender physically-based rendering plug-ins have been updated with new features and tools including Full Spectrum Rendering Vulkan® ray tracing for the Autodesk® Maya® v2.8 plug-in and some helpful new user documentation.

3ds Max Plug-In Updates

While many of the below updates are for the Maya plug-in, the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Autodesk® 3ds Max® v2.6 has received many core updates to the rendering software and denoisers. Also, there are updates to the .rpr export functionality. These exported files can be used to pass data between plug-ins or rendered from the command line with the “RPRSRender64.exe” utility.

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Full Spectrum Rendering

For Maya, we added Full Spectrum Rendering modes for rendering (Windows® only). This brings Vulkan-based ray tracing for fast viewport and final renders. It is especially useful for quick “playblast” style previews. The render settings allow the user to set the quality level to a wide spectrum from rasterized to fully path-traced (in OpenCL™) render quality, enabling everything from fast viewport previews to accurate final renders. 


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Support for Maya MASH Instances

Adding complexity to a scene greatly helps with realism. For example, pieces of dust on a floor or thousands of trees in a forest. However, it would be extremely overwhelming to manually place each tree in a forest yourself. Maya’s MASH system makes rendering these instances easy, and now Radeon ProRender supports them as well!

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Improved User Documentation

Rendering software is complicated. There are many shader nodes, light parameters, and sampling settings to keep track of. For all users, expert to novice, good documentation is key. We have invested significantly in updating the documentation for our Radeon ProRender plug-ins to help with this.


Here you will find detailed explanations of the plug-in settings, as well as images to throw more light on software features, and in many cases, example scenes to illustrate concepts. Check them out today at https://radeon-pro.github.io/RadeonProRenderDocs/plugins/maya/about.html

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Better Support for Various Material Nodes

Lastly, we have invested serious effort in better supporting the Maya Material Nodes. This is an ongoing effort, so please if you see an issue with a specific shader network you are using, please let us know in our community forum. Here are a few details of what we changed:

  • Expedited export of layered texture nodes
  • More math operations in the RPR Arithmetic node
  • The Shadow Catcher Node is now called the “Matte” node and includes reflection catching
  • And more! (please see the release notes)

Download and check out our updated plug-ins for Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya today!

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Today, we are providing a preview of Radeon™ ProRender with Full Spectrum Rendering in a beta Windows® 10 plug-in for Blender™ 2.80. This gives artists a viewport that can be scaled from super-fast rasterized to fully ray-traced, all with physically accurate materials and lighting. You can download the beta plug-in from here.

 

What is Full Spectrum Rendering?

In essence, Full Spectrum Rendering is an extension of Radeon ProRender beyond "just" a path-traced renderer using OpenCL™. We use the same Radeon ProRender SDK but have a different rendering backend for Full Spectrum Rendering. This new rendering backend uses rasterization to render the scene like many game engines or the EEVEE viewport renderer in Blender. However, it uses Vulkan® for faster rendering and then can add ray-traced effects such as reflection, refraction, and ambient occlusion. These effects are achieved using compute shaders and smart denoising.  The end effect of the renderer is to harness all the power of the GPU, including taking advantage of GPU ray tracing acceleration where available. Dialing up or down these effects is what allows Full Spectrum Rendering to scale for speed and quality.

The other great part here is for developers. Minimal changes to the Blender plug-in were made to take advantage of this. And using the universal Radeon ProRender SDK allows the developer and user to change the quality and speed of rendering in only a few lines of code.

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Why do I need Full Spectrum Rendering?

There are two huge benefits for artists with this implementation of Radeon ProRender: it is an all-in-one solution, and it helps to fill a wide gap between OpenGL® viewports (such as EEVEE) and full path-tracers (like Cycles). Most of these benefits are realized in the viewport, for lookdev: setting up scenes, and changing lighting, shaders, etc. Now users can get a more interactive experience like EEVEE with more physically correct soft shadows and reflections and refractions. Furthermore, these are done without the user having to set up light probes or do any other manual tasks. Finally, the quality/speed settings can be changed for more interactive or physically correct lighting and shading based on the user's needs.

 

How to use it.

For now, the beta plug-in only support Windows 10 with Full Spectrum Rendering (Linux® is supported in the Radeon ProRender SDK). Download and install the plug-in and select Radeon ProRender as your default renderer in Blender. Switch your viewport to rendered mode, and the rendering will start. There will be an "RPR" menu in the viewport which, if you click on it, will offer the options for Low, Medium, High and Full render settings. (Full uses the OpenCL full path-tracer, while all the others are using Vulkan).

 

For best results, use Blender's Principled material on your models. A few interesting things to try are:

  • Interacting with the scene, moving, scaling objects around
  • Changing shaders
  • Changing lighting
  • Changing the RPR quality settings and observing differences in interactivity and in lighting quality.

 

Thanks for trying it out, and as this is a new product, we look forward to your feedback!

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The ASSESS Initiative is a broad-reaching multi-industry initiative to increase the availability and effectiveness of engineering simulation.

It was formed to bring together key players, both users and developers of simulation software, to guide and influence the software tool strategies for performing model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering. The ASSESS Initiative has a vision to significantly expand the use and benefit of software tools for model-based analysis, simulation, and systems engineering in the engineering applications domain.

AMD well understands the increasing graphical demands required by essential engineering software tools, and our Radeon™ Pro graphics cards were created to provide industry professionals with exceptional visual performance to power their most demanding simulation projects.

As part of its ongoing effort to support the ASSESS Initiative, AMD will be a Gold Sponsor for the upcoming ASSESS 2019 Congress to help the organization continue to improve the awareness and increase the value of engineering simulation to the industry.

According to Joe Walsh, CEO and Co-Founder of the ASSESS Initiative: “AMD has been a supporter of the ASSESS Initiative and the ASSESS Congress and we appreciate their continued support and participation at our annual congress.”

 

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Chateau Elan, site of ASSESS 2019 Congress

The 4th annual ASSESS 2019 Congress, which will be held at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Oct 27-29, 2019, is designed to enable strategies and foster relationships that will significantly increase the use and benefit of engineering simulation.

The event aims to drive a “simulation revolution” to address the expertise gap in the industry today, which has limited the growing use of engineering simulation.

 

For more information about ASSESS 2019 Congress, visit https://www.assessinitiative.com/congress2019registration/

 

 

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In 2018, AMD Remote Workstation1 was created to enable professionals to access their physical workstations from virtually anywhere with rich graphics acceleration.

Today, AMD and Citrix® are building on this vision with the introduction of select AMD Radeon™ Pro GPU-accelerated encode integration into the latest release of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops™.

Encode acceleration translates into three areas of greater capability for AMD Remote Workstation users:

  • Better click-to-response time: AMD’s low-latency encode engine will crunch a 1080p desktop frame in milliseconds. This provides for even more responsive content creation workflows.
  • Enhanced system performance: With the task of encoding offloaded to the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX GPU, the CPU now has more cycles to tackle whatever you throw at it.
  • Smooth video playback: Dedicated encoding capability can help alleviate the resource-consuming task of maintaining a smooth and high framerate that is typically placed on the CPU during media viewing.

See what an encode-accelerated AMD Remote Workstation experience with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops can do for your productivity today.

Learn more about AMD Remote Workstation


Footnotes

  1. Compatible with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200, WX 4100, WX 5100, WX 7100, WX 8200 and WX 9100 GPUs. Remote Workstation functionality requires AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise driver 18.Q4 or newer plus purchase and installation of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops™ or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. RPS-50

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Today, we are releasing our third quarterly Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver of 2019, 19.Q3, optimized for the leading applications in today’s professional workflows. Our latest driver also continues to prove the value of updating your professional drivers, with up to 2x better one-year performance gains than our competition1 and Day Zero certifications to help ensure that many professional applications will be certified on the 19.Q3 driver prior to its release.

Software Optimized for Your Workflow

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 provides outstanding performance versus the competition in some of the most popular professional applications, for both design and manufacturing and media and entertainment. Along with this performance, our software both supports the advanced features of these applications and builds on that support with innovative technologies like Radeon™ ProRender and Radeon ReLive for VR.2

Design, Simulate, and Innovate with Siemens NX

When using Siemens NX, Radeon Pro graphics users can take advantage of our OpenCL code optimizations for analysis and simulation, support for advanced studio mode, and visualize their designs in VR wirelessly using Radeon ReLive for VR2. The 19.Q3 driver is expected to be certified3 for Siemens NX and when tested with SPECapc® for Siemens NX 10, using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 the Radeon Pro WX 7100 is up to 51% faster than the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX 4000.4


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PTC Creo, Streamlining Design to Manufacture

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise’s advanced OpenGL® optimizations and support for Order Independent Transparency (OIT) and Vertex Buffer Object (VBO) helps provide an optimal experience for PTC Creo® users when using Radeon™ Pro graphics. CAD designers can also use our Radeon ProRender plug-in to create photorealistic renderings of their creations. Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 is expected to be certified3 for PTC Creo, and when tested with SPECviewperf® 13 creo-02 enables the Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 to be up to 26% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® P620.5


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Experience a New Level of Realism with SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS® users using Radeon Pro graphics and software benefit from our support of Order Independent Transparency (OIT) for more accurate designs and SOLIDWORKS RealView® for realistic real-time previews. For photorealistic visualization, AMD support is coming later this year to SOLIDWORKS® Visualize 2020, and designers can use Radeon ReLive for VR2 to wirelessly view their creations in VR using SOLIDWORKS® eDrawings Professional. Along with Day Zero certification, when tested with SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2017 Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 helps the Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 to be up to 25% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® P400.6


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Push the Boundaries of Content Creation with Autodesk Maya

When using Autodesk Maya®, Radeon Pro graphics users benefit from Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise’s Day Zero certification, and our Radeon ProRender plug-in for Maya enables fast, easy, and incredible photorealistic renderings. On top of that, when tested with SPECapc® for Maya® 2017, using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 is up to 30% faster than the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000.7


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Radeon Pro Software Keeps Getting Faster

Not only do the professional application optimizations found in Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise help accelerate your workflows but you can also boost your productivity over the lifetime of your Radeon Pro GPU by updating your driver thanks to the continuous performance improvements in every driver release, in part due to AMD’s close technology partnerships with ISV application developers.

And when you compare our one-year performance gains to the competition, AMD delivers up to 2x better annual improvement that the competition – when tested with SPECviewperf® 13, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 is up to 14% faster than the 18.Q3 driver, whereas the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02) only delivered up to 7% more performance when compared with the 2018 R390 U6 (391.74) driver.1


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Designed for Multitasking

When you work, you’re rarely doing only one thing at a time, and Radeon Pro graphics and Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise together continue to deliver outstanding performance even in the most demanding environments when compared to our competition. When tested with the demanding SPECviewperf® 13 medical-02 benchmark and the Prime95 CPU stress test running in the background, the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 only suffered a 2% performance hit compared to the 49% drop in performance you’d get when using the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000.8


Enterprise-Grade Quality Through Extensive Testing

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise is torture tested to be ready for demanding 24/7 environments, with extensive OEM platform testing and comprehensive ISV certification testing delivering the quality enterprises demand. Our leading software stability and quality mean that AMD’s software is trusted by industry leaders like Google, Dell, HP, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Check out the video below for more about Radeon Pro Software’s enterprise-grade quality.


Over 1000 Day Zero Certifications Delivered

Launched in 2018 with our 18.Q4 driver, our Day Zero Certification Program keeps going from strength to strength and when you add the certifications of Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3, we have delivered over 1000 Day Zero ISV application certifications since the program launched9. Additionally, AMD still has more listed current ISV application certifications than the competition for drivers published during that period.10

Download Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3 today

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  1. The performance improvement over one year of the AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise (18.Q3-19.Q3) when using a Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 graphics card is up to 2x better than the performance improvement over one year of the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) (R390 391.74 - R430 U4 431.02) when using an NVIDIA Quadro® P400 graphics card. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 2019, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit Fall Creators Update, Radeon™ Pro WX 2100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3, NVIDIA Quadro® P400, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02)/NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R390 U6 (391.74). Benchmark Application: ran the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark and then calculated the geomean of all viewsets (higher is better). AMD RESULTS: AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3: 20.00. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3: 17.62. The results are the average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: (20.00-17.62)/17.62*100 = ~13.51% better performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3. NVIDIA RESULTS: NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02): 16.40. NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R390 U6 (391.74): 15.35. The results are the average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: (16.40-15.35)/15.35*100 = ~6.84% better performance with NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). OVERALL RESULTS: Improvement Differential: (13.51-6.84)/6.84*100 = ~97.51% (2x) better performance improvement over one year for AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-105
  2. Radeon™ ReLive for VR for workstation wireless VR use
    Radeon™ ReLive for VR requires HTC VIVE Focus™ Plus headset. For VR connectivity, an 802.11ac router or access point is required. Compatible with AMD Radeon™ RX 470, RX 570, RX 480, RX 580, RX 590, RX Vega series, VII, AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo, SSG, WX 7100, WX 8200, and WX 9100 products. Supports: Windows® 10. GD-148
  3. Pending certification as of August 8, 2019
  4. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 GPU has up to an estimated 51% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10 benchmark Graphics Composite (with FSAA enabled) when compared to the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 2019, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core Gold 5122 3.70 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit May 2019 Update, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3/NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10 benchmark Graphics Composite (with FSAA enabled) (higher is better). Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 score: an estimated 4.04. NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000: an estimated 2.67. The results are the average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: (4.04-2.67)/2.67*100 = an estimated 51.31% better performance with the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 over the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-102
  5. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3, the Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 GPU has up to 26% better graphics performance in the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark creo-02 viewset when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P620 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 2019, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit Fall Creators Update, Radeon™ Pro WX 3200, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3/NVIDIA Quadro® P620, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark creo-02 viewset (higher is better). Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 score: 73.86. NVIDIA Quadro® P620 score: 58.53. The results are the average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: (73.86-58.53)/58.53*100 = ~26.19% better performance with the Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 over the NVIDIA Quadro® P620. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-95
  6. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3, the Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 GPU has up to 25% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2017 benchmark Graphics Composite (with FSAA enabled) when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P400 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 2019, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit Fall Creators Update, Radeon™ Pro WX 2100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3/NVIDIA Quadro® P400, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for SOLIDWORKS® 2017 benchmark Graphics Composite (with FSAA enabled) (higher is better). Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 score: 1.94. NVIDIA Quadro® P400 score: 1.55. The results are the average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: (1.94-1.55)/1.55*100 = ~25.16% better performance with the Radeon™ Pro WX 2100 over the NVIDIA Quadro® P400. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-94
  7. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 GPU has up to 30% better graphics performance in the SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 benchmark Graphics GPGPU Composite (with no AA) when compared to the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000 graphics card using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of June 2019, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® 4-core W-2125 4.50 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit Fall Creators Update, Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q3/NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R430 U4 (431.02). Benchmark Application: SPECapc® for Maya® 2017 benchmark Graphics GPGPU Composite (with no AA) (higher is better). Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 score: 2.50. NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000 score: 1.92. The results are the average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: (2.50-1.92)/1.92*100 = ~30.20% better performance with the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 over the NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 4000. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-93
  8. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition for Enterprise 19.Q2 with Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 suffers negligible performance degradation when run in a multi-tasking workflow compared to running only the benchmark versus the NVIDIA Quadro® driver version 425.31 with Quadro® P1000 suffers up to a 49% performance drop in the multi-tasking workflow compared to running only the benchmark. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of June 24th, 2019 on a Dell Inspiron 7810, Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2609 v3, 48 GB RAM, Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Radeon™ Pro WX4100, Radeon™ Pro Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition for Enterprise 19.Q2 driver. NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 graphics card, 425.31 driver. The SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark medical-02 viewset Composite Score was captured, while simulating a multi-tasking environment using the Prime95 application. With the multi-tasking scenario, the Prime95 application, stress test with 6 threads using “Blend” test setting, was running in the background, with no system interaction. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark medical-02 viewset Composite Score is 18.90 without multi-tasking and 18.49 with multi-tasking. NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark medical-02 viewset Composite Score is 17.75 without multi-tasking and 9.02 with multi-tasking. Radeon™ Pro WX4100 SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark medical-02 viewset Composite Score score decreased 2% with multi-tasking and NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 decreased 49% with multi-tasking. Scores are recorded as an average of 3 iterations. AMD multitasking performance drop calculation: (18.90 – 18.49)/18.90 = ~ 2%. NVIDIA® multitasking performance drop calculation (17.75 – 9.02)/17.75 = ~ 49%. SPEC® and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.SPEC.org. RPS-83
  9. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has over 1000 ISV application certifications since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. Based on AMD internal research as of August 2, 2019, the total number of ISV application certifications for AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers (18.Q4 + 19.Q1 + 19.Q2 +19.Q3) since the start of Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018) is 1092. Please see https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers for a complete list of Radeon™ Pro Software certifications. RPS-107
  10. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has more listed ISV application certifications than the competition since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. As of May 3rd, 2019, based on certifications listed on AMD.com (https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers) and Nvidia.com (https://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-certified-drivers.html#page=partnerSelected), AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has more listed ISV application certifications than the competition since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018). AMD drivers released since that date are: (18.Q4, 18.Q4.1, 19.Q1, 19.Q1.1, 19.Q1.2); NVIDIA® drivers released since that date are (411.81, 416.78, 411.95, 412.16, 418.81, 419.17, 412.29, 419.67, 425.31 and 430.39). Results are subject to change as certifications are completed. RPS–78


Alexander Blake-Davies
is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. 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

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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. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. NX is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and other countries. SPEC®, SPECapc®, SPECviewperf®, and SPECworkstation™ are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Learn more at www.spec.org. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos Group 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 Creo is a registered trademark of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and in other countries. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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At the world's largest and most influential computer graphics conference, SIGGRAPH 2019, we're announcing some exciting updates to AMD Radeon™ ProRender, including new integrations, updated plug-ins, and updates for developers.

 

Radeon ProRender is AMD’s fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine that is democratizing rendering, making it available to everyone by leveraging open standards.

 

Built on industry-standard OpenCL™, Apple® Metal® 2, Microsoft® DirectML, and Vulkan®, Radeon ProRender enables accelerated rendering on any GPU, any CPU, and any OS – Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®. And because of this, Radeon ProRender is now everywhere, with broad industry support in over a dozen leading DCC and CAD applications.1

 

At SIGGRAPH 2019, we’re thrilled to announce that the ecosystem of applications that have Radeon ProRender natively integrated has grown significantly, with the addition of ACCA® Edificius, InstaLOD® Studio XL2, and Z-Emotion Z-Weave3. Also, MAXON has announced the next major update to Cinema 4D™, Release 21, that includes a host of new Radeon ProRender features.

 

Along with new and upcoming integrations, we are also releasing the first production version of our Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Blender™ 2.80, updates to our plug-in for Autodesk® Maya®4, and the availability of blockchain-based distributed cloud rendering from A.L.I. Technologies Bullet Render Farm.

 

For developers, the Radeon™ ProRender Developer Suite has been updated, with a preview of our Full Spectrum Rendering Technology and new DirectML-based AI-accelerated denoising and upscaling image filters. We’re also announcing that a preview release of our next-generation rendering engine for developers, Radeon ProRender 2.0, is coming soon. Read on for more details about all the updates.

New and Updated Radeon ProRender Integrations

Acca Software, the BIM (Building Information Modeling) software company with the largest number of buildingSMART International IFC-certified applications, just released its AIrBIM Artificial Intelligence Rendering solution that integrates Radeon ProRender. AIrBIM supports AI-accelerated denoising and includes a comprehensive PBR material library so you can bring you architectural ideas to life with photorealistic renders. AIrBIM is available in the latest versions of both ACCA Edificius BIM Architectural Design and Edificius Land BIM Landscape Design.

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Created by ACCA® Software using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for ACCA® Software Edificius

 

InstaLOD Studio XL is one of the leading applications for optimizing 3D content for any platform and includes powerful features such as the ability to load native CAD application data and covert parametric data to polygons with highest quality tessellation output. At this year’s SIGGRAPH, InstaLOD is announcing that the next update to Studio XL (coming in Q3) will include Radeon ProRender integration, enabling fast and easy photorealistic visualizations from right within Studio XL, simplifying workflows. The update will include our AI-accelerated denoising technology Radeon™ Image Filter Library-based post-processing filters such as tone mapping and motion blur.

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Created by InstaLOD® using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for InstaLOD® Studio XL

 

There’s a digital revolution happening in the fashion industry, and Z-Emotion is one of the leading companies of this revolution, with its next-gen virtual clothing sampling engine that lets you easily go from a 2D clothing pattern to a 3D sample that can be viewed on both traditional displays and in VR. Z-Emotion’s Z-Weave application with its upcoming integration of Radeon ProRender can generate photorealistic renderings of clothing with physically-accurate cloth simulation that can simulate multiple layers of fabric.

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Created by Z-Emotion using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Z-Weave

 

The first DCC application to natively integrate Radeon ProRender was MAXON Cinema 4D, with 2017’s Release 19. Cinema 4D has a wide range of rendering options, and integration of Radeon ProRender allows you to produce GPU-accelerated physically accurate renders on both Windows and macOS using any GPU. Last year’s Release 20 update added Radeon ProRender support for subsurface scattering and motion blur, and at SIGGRAPH 2019 MAXON is announcing the upcoming Release 21 that adds even more features. Coming this fall, Radeon ProRender in Cinema 4D R21 will support the node-based materials first introduced in R20, volume rendering, and updated motion blur and multi-pass rendering options.

Yan Ge (IHDT)_Radeon-ProRender_C4D_Furryball_Final_1260px.jpg Created by Yan Ge (IHDT) using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Cinema 4D™


 

Distributed Cloud Rendering

Working with A.L.I. Technologies Bullet Render Farm, you can now send large rendering jobs to the cloud with the security of blockchain. A.L.I. is offering a cloud-based rendering service (coming soon) that lets you send .rpr files outputted from any application that supports Radeon ProRender so you can leverage the power of the cloud to get your complex rendering job completed faster.

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 Created by Serghei Nenov using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Autodesk® Maya®


 

Radeon ProRender Plug-In Updates

At NAB 2019, we announced the availability of the beta release of our new Radeon ProRender v2.0 plug-in for the Blender 2.80 beta. We’ve completely rewritten this new version specifically to take advantage of all the new features of the latest version of Blender, and we support commonly used Blender native shader nodes along with still offering our Uber Shade node for more “expert level” shader setup.

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Created by Mike Pan using AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Blender™

 

The v2.0 plug-in for Blender also supports hair rendering and includes AI-accelerated denoising and adaptive sampling, and now that Blender 2.80 is out of beta our plug-in is also out of beta, with the production version available starting today. Additionally, Full Spectrum Rendering technology is coming to the Blender 2.80 viewport in our next beta plug-in for Blender (coming soon). Our Radeon ProRender for Maya plug-in has also been updated4 with tile rendering support, improved viewport interactivity, and portal light support.

 

 

Radeon ProRender for Developers

Radeon ProRender now goes from rasterized to reality, with our new Full Spectrum Rendering technology supports every stage of the rendering pipeline. The Full Spectrum includes rasterized rendering, hybrid rendering, biased photorealistic rendering, and path traced rendering for final output. Originally announced at NAB 2019, Full Spectrum Rendering is now available as a preview for developers in our updated Radeon ProRender SDK, part of the AMD Radeon ProRender Developer Suite.

“AMD has made great use of Microsoft’s low-level machine learning API, DirectML, to implement a powerful and efficient Denoising filter within AMD’s Radeon ProRender graphics rendering engine.”

-- Kam VedBrat, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft

Additionally, our Radeon Image Filter Library has been updated to support the Microsoft DirectML machine learning library for both AI-accelerated denoising and upscaling. By using DirectML AI-accelerated denoising, developers can improve their application’s viewport interactivity by up to 18x.5

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Created by AMD using AMD Radeon™ ProRender

 

The Radeon ProRender Developer Suite that includes the Radeon ProRender SDK, the Radeon Rays SDK, and the Radeon Image Filter Library can be downloaded from our developer web page now with a non-commercial license for developers looking to prototype integration into their applications and when they’re ready to take the next step towards integrating Radeon ProRender they can sign an AMD Commercial Software Licensing Agreement (SLA).

 

 

Updated Quarterly Development Roadmap

Lastly, we’ve updated our development roadmap for Radeon ProRender, listing the features scheduled to be added in the next quarter and beyond. This roadmap both provides developers information about features they can expect to see available in updates to our SDK and gives end-users insight into features they can expect to see in future updates to our plug-ins.

 

At SIGGRAPH 2019, we’ll be showing a demo of an early version of Radeon ProRender 2.0, coming later this year for developers, that includes out-of-core support for heavy geometry, enhances CPU+GPU rendering, and a new flexible and robust shader node system.

 

New @ SIGGRAPH 2019

Coming Soon

Upcoming Features

AMD Radeon™ Image Filter Library Enhancements

Performance Improvements (Render and Usability)

Performance Improvements (Render and Usability)

AI-Accelerated Denoising Enhancements Across Platforms

Deformation Motion Blur

Production Release of Radeon™ ProRender 2.0

Online Developer Documentation Updates

Production Release of Full Spectrum Rendering

Cloud Rendering Solution

Preview Release of Full Spectrum Rendering

Preview Release of Radeon™ ProRender 2.0

Thin Film Shader

Enhanced Interactivity Performance

 

Light Baking

Improved Time to First Pixel

 

 

Vertex Color Mapping

 

 

 

 

 

ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS ON WINDOWS, MACOS, & LINUX:
Continued Open Standards Support, Implementing Developer Feedback, and Performance Improvements

 

 

ACCA Edificius Integration and Updated Plug-Ins Available Now

ACCA Edificius and Edificius Land with Radeon ProRender-power AIrBIM rendering are available now, and the new and updated Radeon ProRender plug-ins for Blender and  Maya4 available today. For developers, the Radeon ProRender Developer Suite is available from our developer webpage.

 

For more information about all our new Radeon ProRender plug-in features check out the updated web pages for the Blender and Maya plug-ins.

DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED 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 AMD Radeon ProRender Discord.


JOIN THE DISCUSSION

 

Footnotes

  1. Available now and coming soon.
  2. Planned availability Q3 2019.
  3. Planned availability 2H 2019.
  4. Updates and new features not available in the AMD Radeon™ ProRender for Maya® plug-in for Linux®
  5. AMD Radeon™ ProRender AI-Accelerated Denoising using Microsoft® DirectML is up to 18 times faster at rendering an image for application viewport look development compared to rendering an image without denoising. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of July 2019 on a test system comprising of an AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700X 8-core 3.8 GHz CPU, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Windows® 10 Pro May 2019 Update using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.6.3 running on a Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics. The test was conducted using the AMD Internal Radeon™ ProRender viewer application. A Radeon™ ProRender “golden sample” image was rendered as a baseline image to compare the test images to. A RMSE (Root Mean Square Error) result of 12 when comparing the test output to the “golden sample” image is considered acceptable quality for application viewport look development. Using this configuration, with AI-accelerated denoising ON it takes 100 rendering iterations to get to a RMSE of 12.00 compared to the “golden sample”. With denoising OFF it takes 1800 rendering iterations to get to a RMSE of 12.00 compared to the “golden sample”. Rendering Time Differential: 1800/100 = 18x faster rendering. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on the use of the latest drivers. RPS-85

 

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Professional Graphics Software Product Marketing Specialist for AMD. 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

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AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, 3ds Max, 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. Windows and macOS are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Modo is a registered trademark of The Foundry, in the USA and/or other countries. OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission from Khronos Group Inc. Vulkan is a registered trademark of Khronos Group Inc. Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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The AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) and manufacturing industries are faced with an ever-growing demand for higher quality visuals.

CAD engineers and designers in these fields have long been challenged to find a workstation solution that provides the ideal balance of performance and stability, while staying within increasingly tight project budgets and meeting the stringent space limitations of their work environments.

Enter the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 graphics card, which is expected to be available in Q3 2019 from leading etailers such as newegg, resellers such as PCM and in updated commercial workstations from Boxx, Dell and HP, starting this summer.

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Priced at USD $199 SEP, the high-performance, low-profile AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 was created specifically to meet the requirements of today’s CAD professionals. It delivers a balanced set of features, performance, efficiency and value, and was designed specifically for compact-sized workstations desired by small and medium sized businesses.

To help ensure the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 graphics card performs optimally with the most popular professional design applications, it has been ISV-certified with ACCA® Software, Altair solidThinking Inspire, ANSYS®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® VRED Professional, Bentley Systems MicroStation, Beta CAE Systems, CGTech VERICUT, CNC Software Mastercam, COMSOL Multiphysics, Dassault Systemes® Abaqus, Graphisoft ArchiCAD®, Hexagon Apex Iberian Lynx, Hexagon Marc/Mentat, Hexagon Patran®, Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge®, and more.

When designing the new professional graphics card, AMD addressed a variety of factors including performance, memory, size, display outputs, power consumption and ongoing driver support. Key features include:  

  • 1.66 TFLOPS peak performance – With 1.66 TFLOPS peak single precision compute performance, the Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 delivers up to 33 percent faster performance in a low-profile workstation graphics card compared to the previous generation Radeon™ Pro WX 3100 graphics card.
  • 4GB high-speed GDDR5 memory / 128-bit memory interface – With 4GB of GPU memory, the Radeon™ Pro WX 3200 card can handle large 2D and 3D models and workflows with ease.
  • 10 compute units – Each compute unit contains 64 stream processors, for a total of 640 stream processors available that deliver a number of application benefits, including fast redraw and high quality images.
  • Single slot, low-profile card – Compact form factor and efficient design fit into nearly all desktop workstations, ranging from small form factors to full-size towers.
  • 4x Mini-DisplayPort™ 1.4 – The graphics card can drive up to four 4K displays or a single 8K UHD display to provide designers with an immersive ultra-high-resolution experience to view their work.
  • Energy efficient design Unique power monitoring and management technologies cap power consumption at 50 watts max. AMD PowerTune technology dynamically optimizes GPU power usage and AMD ZeroCore Power technology significantly reduces power consumption at idle.
  • Enhanced driver support – AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise supports the family of AMD Radeon™ Pro graphics products with performance enhancements, stability fixes and new or updated features on a quarterly release schedule.

 

With AMD’s most cost-effective certified graphics solution under USD $199 SEP for small form factor workstations, CAD engineers and designers in manufacturing and AEC now have a great solution that delivers amazing results with the ideal combination of features and functionality.

For more information, visit https://www.amd.com/en/products/professional-graphics/radeon-pro-wx-3200

 

Bill Ma is Senior Product Manager, Professional Graphics for AMD. His postings are his 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

 

 

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Today, we are releasing our second quarterly Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver of 2019, 19.Q2, with significant performance improvements in areas where it really counts for enterprise professionals. Additionally, our Day Zero Certification Program continues to help ensure that many professional applications will be certified on this latest enterprise driver prior to its release and the 19.Q2 driver is also ready to support the Windows® 10 May 2019 Update.

“We have been using Radeon Pro graphics cards for years and rely on the stability and performance to meet our product development deadlines. The performance of the Radeon Pro is smooth and effortless and exploits all of the advanced features of SOLIDWORKS®. I really appreciate the regular delivery of Enterprise Drivers, so our graphics solutions are up-to-date to meet the demands of our workflows.
                                                                         – Steven Pearson, Lead Partner and Chief Designer, Wills Wing

Along with the latest enterprise driver, we are also announcing that in order to better serve professionals who use Radeon™ Pro graphics cards for game development and gaming, we’ve upgraded our Radeon Pro Software “Driver Options” feature with the ability to simply install the standard Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver on professional graphics cards.1,2

Performance Where it Counts, in Real Design Steps

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 delivers performance where it counts and is faster than the competition in key performance scenarios that reflect how professionals actually use their workstations, as well as being faster in the typical synthetic benchmarks.

To accomplish this, we created an internal SOLIDWORKS® performance test that realistically reflects the 3D modeling steps that professionals take using CAD applications -- instead of simply rotating, panning, and zooming a 3d model, our internal test uses 20 modeling steps, including sketching, combining, extruding, and cutting. Using this test, when using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2, the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 is ~25% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® P10003 and the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 is ~28% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 40004, with both NVIDIA® cards using the Quadro® Optimal Driver For Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31).
 

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Desktop Workstation Performance Virtually Anywhere

Using the AMD Remote Workstation5 feature of Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise, professionals can access the full GPU-accelerated experience of their workstation from virtually anywhere, with minimal performance penalty. When testing with the SPECviewperf® 13 “3dsmax-06” benchmark, there was only a ~2% performance drop when remotely accessing an AMD Radeon Pro WX 4100 graphics-powered workstation (using Citrix® Virtual Apps and Desktops).6

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Multitasking Performance

Today’s professionals are rarely doing only one thing at a time, and Radeon Pro graphics and Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 together deliver outstanding multitasking performance even in incredibly demanding environments. When tested against the NVIDIA Quadro P1000 using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver For Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31), when running the demanding SPECviewperf® 13 “medical-02” benchmark with the Prime95 CPU “stress test” running in the background, the Radeon Pro WX 4100 only suffered a ~1% performance hit compared to the ~39% drop in performance on the NVIDIA graphics card.7

“At Blox Architects, we use a host of CAD and graphic programs switching between them constantly. To stay productive, we needed a graphics solution that could multitask along with us. We see the difference in performance with Radeon Pro hardware and have been impressed with the results and the speed of the machines running this.”
                                                                                  – Peter Bloxham, Founding Director, BLOX Architects Ltd.

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Competitive Performance in Real Applications

Along with the competitive performance demonstrated by our internal SOLIDWORKS performance test, when using benchmarks that test performance using real applications, Radeon Pro graphics cards using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 are faster than the competition. The AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100 is ~ 11% and ~50% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 using the NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) when tested with OCUS v6.2 for PTC Creo® and SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10.0, respectively.8,9

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Over 750 Day Zero Certifications Delivered

Combined with all the great performance stories above, Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 software launches with Day Zero ISV application certifications, with over 750 certifications delivered since the Day Zero program launched in November 2018 (when comparing previous NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Drivers (ODE) for Enterprise)10. Additionally, AMD has more listed current ISV application certifications than the competition for drivers published during that period.11

“Our long-term partnership with AMD has helped us continuously develop robust, reliable experiences for our users. The Day Zero Certification Program, AMD's benchmark for product excellence, has further enhanced that experience by providing timely solutions that creators can use with confidence.”
                                                                                                                                – Jon Wadelton, CTO, Foundry

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Support for Windows 10 May 2019 Update

The 19.Q2 driver is also ready for the latest OS update from Microsoft®, the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and we’ve added streaming capability to Radeon™ Pro ReLive12, the AMD professional-grade screen capture and recording solution included with Radeon™ Pro Software.

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Day-0 Game Support for Professional Graphics

Lastly, we’re excited to announce that our standard Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver now supports Radeon Pro graphics cards, with this support replacing the previous Radeon Pro Software “Driver Options” feature. By adding Radeon Pro support to our standard Adrenalin 2019 Edition driver, professionals who use their workstation graphics card for game development and gaming now have access to our performance-optimized Day-0 game drivers.

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Please note, when used with Radeon Pro graphics cards, Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition does not provide access to any of the gaming features of Radeon Software – Radeon Pro graphics cards will continue to use the Radeon™ Pro Settings UI and support all our workstation software features. Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition is NOT certified on any professional ISV applications.

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Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His postings are his 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. Not all AMD Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition gaming features are enabled when this driver is installed on AMD Radeon™ Pro graphics cards, including but not limited to Enhanced Sync, Performance Monitoring, Radeon™ Chill, Radeon™ Game Advisor, Radeon™ Overlay, Radeon™ Settings Advisor, Radeon™ WattMan, and Upgrade Advisor. RPS-80
  2. Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition is not certified for professional ISV applications.
  3. The Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 running on Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 is up to 25% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 running on the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver in the AMD internal real-world SOLIDWORKS® 2019 design steps benchmark. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of April 22nd, 2019 on a test system comprising of HP Z8 Workstation platform, Intel® Xeon® Gold 5122 CPU @ 3.60 GHz, 16 GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro October 2018 Update using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 running on the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 and the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver running on the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000. The test was conducted using the AMD internal real-world SOLIDWORKS® 2019 design steps benchmark. Using this configuration, the Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 took 152 seconds to finish the test while the competition took 190 seconds. Making Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 up to 25% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000. Performance Differential: 190–152 (seconds) =~25.0%. RPS-60
  4. The Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 running on Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 is up to 28% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000 running on the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver in the AMD internal real-world SOLIDWORKS® 2019 design steps benchmark. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of April 22nd, 2019 on a test system comprising of HP Z8 Workstation platform, Intel® Xeon® Gold 5122 CPU @ 3.60 GHz, 16 GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro October 2018 Update using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 running on the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 and the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver running on the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000. The test was conducted using the AMD internal real-world SOLIDWORKS® 2019 design steps benchmark. Using this configuration, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 took 145.4 seconds to finish the test while the competition took 186.2 seconds. Making the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 up to 28% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000. Performance Differential: 186.2-145.4 (seconds) = ~28.0%. RPS-59
  5. AMD Remote Workstation functionality requires AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise driver 18.Q4 or newer plus purchase and installation of Citrix® Virtual Apps & Desktops or Microsoft® Remote Desktop Services. RPS-50
  6. Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 with AMD Remote Workstation delivers comparable performance on SPECviewperf® 13 3dsmax-06 when compared local (non-remoted) performance. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of April 22nd, 2019 on a test system comprising of Intel® Core i5 8400 CPU, MSI Z370-A PRO motherboard, ADATA XPG Z1 16 GB DDR4 RAM, Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows® 10 Pro October 2018 Update with a Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 graphics card using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. The test was conducted using running benchmark the application SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark for its “3dsmax-06” viewset subtest. Radeon Pro Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition for Enterprise 19.Q2 with Radeon™ Pro Remote Workstation: 50.22. 19.Q2 run locally: 51.36 resulting in only up to a 2% drop. The results are the average of 3 iterations. The AMD Remote Workstation solution was implemented using the Citrix® XenDesktop® 7.18 application on an HP ZBook 17 G5 Client. Performance Differential: 51.36-50.22 = ~2.0% performance drop with the AMD Remote Workstation solution on Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 versus running locally. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at spec.org/gwpg. RPS-53
  7. While multitasking, a Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 shows near performance parity where the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver has up to a 39% drop with the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark medical-02 viewset while Prime95 is running in the background. Testing was conducted by AMD labs as of April 22nd, 2019 on a test system comprising of Dell Inspiron 7810, Intel® Xeon® E5-2609 v3 @ 1.90 GHz, 48 GB RAM, Windows® 10 Pro October 2018 Update, Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 graphics card using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2. For the competition, the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver was used with the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 graphics card. For both “multitasking” scenarios, the application “Prime95” was running in the background. The test was conducted using benchmark application running the SPECviewperf® 13 benchmark “medical-02” viewset. The Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 with Prime95 running scored an average of 20.38, while the test running without Prime95 running scored an average of 20.60, resulting in a 1% performance drop. The results are an average of 3 iterations. For the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver with Prime95 running scored an average of 10.98, while the test running without Prime95 running scored an average of 17.96, resulting in a 39% performance drop. The results are an average of 3 iterations. Performance Differential: For AMD, 20.6 (Without workload) -20.38 (With Workload) = ~-1.0%. For NVIDIA®, 17.96 (Without workload) – 10.98 (With Workload) = ~-39%. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-54
  8. The Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 running Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 is up to 11% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000 running on NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver in PTC Creo® 5.0. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of April 22nd, 2019 on a test system comprising of Intel® Core i5 8400 CPU, MSI Z370-A PRO motherboard, ADATA XPG Z1 16 GB DDR4 RAM, Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD, Windows® 10 Pro October 2018 Update using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 running on a Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 and the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver running on an NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000. The test was conducted using the OCUS v6.2 benchmark for PTC Creo® 5.0. Using this configuration, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 took 180 seconds to complete the test while the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000 took 200 seconds, resulting in an 11% lead for AMD. Performance Differential: 200-180 (seconds) = ~11.0% lead for Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 over NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000. RPS-56
  9. The Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 running on Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 is up to 50% faster than the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000 running on the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver when tested with the SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10 benchmark estimated Graphics Composite. Testing conducted by AMD labs as of April 22nd, 2019 on a test system comprising of HP Z6 Workstation platform, Intel® Xeon® Gold 5122 CPU @ 3.60 GHz, 32 GB RAM, and the Windows® 10 Pro May 2019 Update using Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q2 running the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 and the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R418 U4 (425.31) driver running the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000. The test was conducted using the SPECapc® for Siemens NX™ 10 benchmark. Using this configuration, the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 achieved an estimated Graphics Composite score of 4.00 while the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000 scored an estimated Graphics Composite score of 2.67 resulting in an up to 50% lead for the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100. These scores are the average of 3 runs for each. Performance Differential: 4.00 -2.67 = ~50.0% lead for the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 over the NVIDIA Quadro® RTX 4000. Additional information about the SPEC benchmarks can be found at www.spec.org/gwpg. RPS-57
  10. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has over 750 ISV application certifications since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. Based on AMD internal research as of April 30th, 2019, the total number of ISV application certifications for the AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise drivers (18.Q4 + 19.Q1) since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018) is 773. ISV application certifications for Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4: 300. ISV application certifications for Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1: 473. Total: 300+473 =773 ISV application certifications for Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. Learn more at https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers. RPS-79
  11. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has more listed ISV application certifications than the competition since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program. As of May 3rd, 2019, based on certifications listed on AMD.com (https://www.amd.com/en/support/certified-drivers) and Nvidia.com (https://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-certified-drivers.html#page=partnerSelected), AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has more listed ISV application certifications than the competition since the start of the Day Zero Certification Program (18.Q4 or November 14, 2018). AMD drivers released since that date are: (18.Q4, 18.Q4.1, 19.Q1, 19.Q1.1, 19.Q1.2); NVIDIA® drivers released since that date are (411.81, 416.78, 411.95, 412.16, 418.81, 419.17, 412.29, 419.67, 425.31 and 430.39). Results are subject to change as certifications are completed. RPS–78
  12. AMD Radeon™ Pro ReLive functionality depends on graphics card compatibility. Please see amd.com/en/technologies/radeon-pro-software-relive

 

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For this year’s NAB Show, we’re announcing updates to our AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-ins, new integrations, and important updates for developers.

 

Radeon ProRender is our fast, easy, and incredible physically-based rendering engine that enables creative professionals to produce stunningly photorealistic images.

 

For NAB 2019, we’re releasing the Open Beta of our new Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for the Blender™ 2.80 Beta, adding significant new features to our plug-ins for Autodesk® 3ds Max® and Maya®, including AI-accelerated denoising, adaptive sampling, and hair support, and announcing integration into Foundry Modo® 13.

 

Additionally, for developers, our Radeon ProRender Developer Suite is now available, along with our updated feature roadmap for this quarter, and we’re also announcing our new Full Spectrum Rendering technology. Read on for more details about all the updates.

 

 

Radeon ProRender for Blender v2.0 Beta for Blender 2.80 Beta

Building on our well-received Radeon ProRender plug-in for Blender 2.79, our new v2.0 plug-in has been completely rewritten for the Blender 2.80 Beta. Commonly used Blender native shader nodes are supported out of the box, including the Blender Principled Shader node. Radeon ProRender nodes, particularly the Uber Shader node, are provided for a more “expert level” shader setup. Additionally, viewport and final rendering are more robust and optimized over the Blender 2.79 plug-in.

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AI-Accelerated Denoising

Available in the Blender 2.80 Beta, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Maya plug-ins for Windows® (macOS® and Linux® support planned at a later date), our new AI-accelerated denoiser harnesses the power of machine learning to produce high-quality final and interactive renders in a fraction of the time traditional denoising takes, quickly providing artists the info they need to make creative decisions, speeding up workflows.

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Adaptive Sampling 

Adaptive Sampling lets you set a threshold for noise in your render and areas of the render that are fully converged and below this level of noise will no longer get samples. This accelerates render times while enabling higher-quality renders. Adaptive Sampling is available in the Blender 2.80 Beta, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Maya plug-ins.

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Hair Rendering Support

We’ve added support for rendering realistic looking hair, fur, grass, and other strand-like objects to our plug-ins for Blender 2.80 Beta and Autodesk Maya. With this update, Radeon ProRender now supports Maya’s XGen interactive grooming tools and Blender 2.80’s native hair particle system, allowing artists to use Radeon ProRender for more than just hard surface modeling, opening it up to be used for organic rendering such as creature and character design.

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Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Plug-In Specific Updates

In addition to the major feature updates above, our updated plug-in for 3ds Max supports the just-released new version of 3ds Max, 2020. For Maya (for the Windows and macOS plug-ins only), we’ve added support for Maya Fluid Volumes, allowing you to render advanced effects like smoke, fog, and clouds, the ability to convert Arnold Renderer and Redshift materials to Radeon ProRender materials, and support for Maya 2019. For both plug-ins we’ve reorganized the render settings to allow for clearer user control, helping improve workflows.


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Foundry Modo 13 Radeon ProRender Integration

With the latest version of Modo, our powerful physically-based hardware agnostic rendering engine is fully integrated into The Foundry’s powerful and flexible 3D modeling, sculpting, and animation tool. Using Modo 13, artists can now render stunning photorealistic images using the integrated Radeon ProRender GPU-accelerated rendering engine

 
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Full Spectrum Rendering: From Rasterized to Reality

Radeon ProRender’s new Full Spectrum Rendering technology supports every stage of the rendering pipeline and is coming soon to the Radeon ProRender Developer Suite to enable integration of this technology into future versions of popular digital content creation (DCC) applications.


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The full Full Spectrum includes rasterized rendering for standard viewport creation, hybrid rendering for advanced viewport creation, biased photorealistic rendering for look development, and path traced reality for final rendering.

 

By integrating this technology, developers can use Radeon ProRender Full Spectrum Rendering to optimize their application’s rendering performance for every step of the content creation workflow from the initial design stage all the way to the final render for production or executive review.



Radeon ProRender for Developers

To help make it easier for developers to get the tools they need to integrate Radeon ProRender into their application, we’ve created the new Radeon ProRender Developer Suite that includes non-commercial use SDKs for Radeon ProRender, Radeon™ Rays, and the Radeon™ Image Filter Library.


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Radeon Rays is our high-performance ray intersection acceleration library, and is available in two versions, Radeon Rays 2.0 that uses OpenCL™ and Radeon Rays 3.0 that uses Vulkan®. The Radeon™ Image Filter Library includes AI-accelerated denoising and standard GPU-accelerated image filters.

 

The non-commercial SDKs in the Developer Suite are designed for developers prototyping integration into their applications and when they’re ready to take the next step towards integrating Radeon ProRender they can sign an AMD Commercial Software Licensing Agreement (SLA).

 

 

Updated Quarterly Development Roadmap

Lastly, we’ve updated our development roadmap for Radeon ProRender, listing the features scheduled to be added in the next quarter and beyond. This roadmap both provides developers information about features they can expect to see available in updates to our SDK and gives end-users insight into features they can expect to see in future updates to our plug-ins.

 

New This Quarter

Coming Next Quarter

Upcoming Features

AMD Radeon Rays 3.0

Performance Improvements

Performance Improvements

AMD Radeon Image Filter Library

Out-of-Core for Heavy Geometry

Cloud Rendering Solution

AI-Accelerated Denoising

Deformation Motion Blur

Thin Film Shader

Adaptive Sampling

Vertex Color Mapping

 

Volumes Support

Hybrid Rendering

 

Hair Support

 

 

Online Developer Documentation

 

 

ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS ON WINDOWS, MACOS, & LINUX:
Continued Open Standards Support, Implementing Developer Feedback, and Performance Improvements

 


Updated Plug-Ins Available Now

The updated Radeon ProRender plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya 1, and Blender 2.8 Beta are available now, as is Modo 13 with Radeon ProRender integration. For developers, the Radeon ProRender Developer Suite is available from our developer webpage.

 

For more information about all our new Radeon ProRender features check out the updated web pages for the 3ds Max and Maya plug-ins, the release notes for the Blender 2.8 Beta plug-in, and our updated Modo webpage.


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 AMD Radeon ProRender Discord.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

  

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His postings are his 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®

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For the second year in a row, AMD is a headline sponsor for the 2019 CGarchitect 3D Awards. The global online competition for Architectural Visualisers offers seven categories ranging from image to film, and includes commercial as well as student end users.

CGarchitect is a leading and influential online magazine and end-user community for architectural visualization and design professionals. Created in 2001, the site provides valuable resources for architectural visualization professionals who need to stay current in this dynamic industry.

According to Jeff Mottle, industry expert and CGarchitect site creator: “We’re proud to have AMD onboard for a second year as a key supporter of the CGarchitect Awards. CGarchitect and AMD value the importance of recognizing amazing work while placing a spotlight on the industry and its multitude of creative talent.”

The annual Architectural 3D Awards, now in their 16th year, is a recognized awards platform for the architectural visualization industry worldwide. Submissions are received from thousands of studios and individuals, and hundreds of thousands of architectural visualization industry professionals to celebrate the best work created in the industry. Judges from around the world, who include artists, creators and designers, will evaluate the entries in four separate categories: Image, Film/Animation, Interactive and Student. Within the Film/Animation and Image categories there are also two sub-categories for Commissioned and Non-Commissioned work.

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2018 Winner: Recent Spaces, Recent Space (United Kingdom) CGI, architecture & interior design by Recent Spaces. Chandelier design by Cameron Design House.

AMD Radeon Pro series graphics, the professional range of graphics cards (GPUs) for today’s leading architects and visualization specialists, offer acceleration and certification on many of today’s leading software packages for 2D/3D design, visualization and complex simulation. Each of the seven category winners will have the opportunity to receive a VR-Ready AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics card.

Award winners will be announced in August 2019. For more information about the CGarchitect 3D Awards, and how to submit your entry, visit http://3dawards.cgarchitect.com/

 

In the meantime, we congratulate all entrants and nominees in the various categories, and the dedication required to keep pushing the level of quality and creativity in the visualization industry.

 

For more information about how AMD is helping Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals, visit AMD.com/AEC

 

You can read in depth customer Q&A interviews at amd.com/AECinterviews

 

Jaime Gwilliam is Global AEC Industry Lead, Sr. Market Development Manager, Radeon Technologies Group for AMD. His postings are his 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

 

 

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AMD attended the annual COExperience conference, held this year in New Orleans.

COExperience is the premier Dassault Systèmes user-focused conference -- a community of experts of Dassault Systèmes Solutions -- featuring management presentations and multiple technical breakout sessions, along with customer and partner presentations.

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Attendees from a wide variety of vertical markets had the opportunity to discover AMD solutions for 3DEXPERIENCE users.

AMD participated in both the conference and TechniFair, and the Leaders’ Summit parallel tracks.

AMD gave a presentation on ‘Delivering 3DEXPERIENCE from the Cloud’. Attendees discovered using CATIA running from the cloud has multiple benefits to optimize productivity and accelerate workflows. AMD explained how virtualized graphics, delivered by AMD, is a key ingredient in the next generation of 3DEXPERIENCE and PLM deployment and offers best practices in supporting PLM infrastructures.

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For the first time, AMD demonstrated 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA VR powered by AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 card with the HTC Vive Pro. AMD enabled a high-quality VR experience on the HTC Vive Pro with CATIA’s latest 3DEXPERIENCE R2019x. The back-end rendering was driven by a Dell Precision Tower 7820 with an AMD Radeon™ VR Ready Creator1 Radeon  Pro WX 9100 GPU. Demonstration of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its VR capabilities was performed by VIAS (www.viascorp.com), an AMD partner and Dassault Systèmes platinum provider.

 

AMD offered attendees relevant insight into using 3DEXPERIENCE powered by AMD Radeon™ professional graphics to help make them more productive in their commercial and academic fields.

 

Antoine Reymond is Industry Market Development Manager, Manufacturing, Radeon Technologies Group for AMD. His postings are his 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

1.   A VR-capable GPU is required for VR:

AMD Radeon™ VR Ready Creator Products are select AMD 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

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AMD people are fanatics about AAA gaming experiences and making them available everywhere, for everyone. That’s why our CEO Lisa Su was seated front and center at the 2019 Game Developers Conference keynote when Google announced it had chosen to partner with AMD to design a high-performance custom GPU solution to support its Vulkan® and Linux®-based cloud gaming platform, building upon a close, long-term collaboration between the two companies.

This might not have been a surprise if you’ve been keeping watch over the recent, rapid developments in cloud gaming. AMD GPUs already helped impress demanding gamers by powering Assassin’s Creed®: Odyssey for players from the Cloud as part of Google’s Project Stream.

It goes without saying that every AAA game interaction is measured ultimately by performance. AMD already delivers the performance behind top PC and console gaming experiences. That deep gaming expertise combines perfectly with our unique datacenter-class GPU technologies to enable the future of cloud-gaming. AMD datacenter GPUs deliver the high-performance processing needed to minimize latency and maximize the game experience. But there’s more to cloud gaming than what happens on screen and at the controller.

How do we enable thousands, even millions, of simultaneous cloud gamers to push their gaming skills to the limit? AMD datacenter GPUs address critical, behind-the-scene datacenter requirements with purpose-built, proven technologies for security, manageability, and scalability. The industry’s first hardware-based GPU virtualization solution built on industry-standard SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) technology delivers fast, predictable performance with enhanced security features. HBM2 memory provides power savings in a space-saving footprint, as well as important features such as Error Correcting Code (EEC) protection to help ensure data integrity.

Our commitment to open source platforms, including support for Linux-based Vulkan drivers, offers developers confidence to deliver their games to multiple platforms. Many of today’s biggest games are already optimized for AMD GPUs and developers expect many of those decisions will carry over when running on the AMD datacenter GPUs that power cloud-gaming. AMD also provides developers with tools and enhancements needed to fine tune game experiences. These include:

  • The AMD Linux driver includes an application tracing component that, together with the AMD Radeon™ GPU Profiler (RGP), provides access to detailed, low-level information about how workloads run on AMD GPUs. Identifying timing issues that might suggest potential optimizations, this capability can dramatically improve developers’ ability to create applications that deliver the best possible performance on AMD GPUs.
  • RGP also allows game developers to visualize precisely how their application is utilizing the AMD GPU, including how graphics and compute thread groups occupy the GPU, enabling them to track event timing and optimize their games for the Stadia service/platform.
  • RGP interoperates with the popular open-source RenderDoc graphics debugging tool to give developers deeper real-time insights into the rendering of each frame, which can significantly reduce the time required to debug and profile frames during the development process.
  • RGP operates the same way in a virtualized environment as it does when running on a dedicated PC client, making it as easy for developers to optimize their applications for virtualized GPUs in large scale environments as they would for any other gaming platform.

If you’ve got your eye on the fast-approaching cloud-gaming future, you’ll want to check out the GDC keynote. And be sure to check back for more exciting cloud gaming news from AMD in the coming weeks and months.

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  • Discover AMD Open Software support on GPUOpen.com
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AMD has been a proud supporter of the Dassault Systèmes user community. Most recently, AMD participated in the COE Annual Experience and TechniFair receiving great feedback from attendees.

 

This month AMD will again have the opportunity to showcase purposeful solutions for the user community at COExperience 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In booth #118, AMD will demonstrate both private cloud workstation solutions as well as public cloud scenarios. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the featured cloud provider for AMD at this particular event.

 

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I’ve spoken with a variety of users about the benefits of cloud-based workstation computing and it boils down to the following:

  • Mobility – AMD and cloud-based computing allow users to run applications, such as 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA, on almost any device, anywhere there's a network connection, be it a soccer game, coffee shop, office, conference room, customer site or other necessary venue;
  • Flexibility - Enterprises that have deployed applications such as 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA often staff-up or staff-down depending on the project. Rather than ship workstations all over the world to new CAD engineers to build a particular product, companies can send those engineers a link to an AWS instance knowing the results will be on par with expectations;
  • Security - As you can imagine the datasets that these engineers work with -- whether it's an airplane or automobile, or high priced-piece of equipment like a tractor -- need to stay secure and centralized in one location rather than being pushed to edge devices. The benefit of cloud-based computing keeps the data safe from thieves, hackers or other bad actors.

 

I always tell customers and event attendees that cloud-computing is the optimal space for workstation computing. They have the ease of set-up matched with always having access to an extreme set of hardware, mixing and matching different instances on CPU and GPU – making sure each instance runs correctly, without sinking valuable budget funds into extra equipment.

 

AMD also plans to present during the conference in a session called Delivering 3DExperience from the Cloud. The purpose of the presentation is to showcase 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA performance from the cloud specifically with AWS powered by AMD hardware.

 

AMD will also showcase wireless VR use in a technology demonstration with the new version of 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA that allows for interaction with the datasets in VR. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 enables workstation-grade wireless VR on Radeon™ VR Ready Creator graphics cards, ready to support the upcoming release of AMD Radeon™ Pro ReLive for VR for standalone headsets with 6DoF Technology*.

 

To show our commitment to the community, AMD is a sponsor of Leaders’ Summit at COExperience. AMD supports transformation leaders and decision-makers of COE member organizations as they discuss how technological, cultural and industry-based disruptions are changing the way products are designed and delivered.

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As reminder for those of who will be in New Orleans the week of February 24-27, AMD will be at COExperience in booth #118.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Michael DeNeffe is Director of Cloud Graphics for AMD. His postings are his 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

 

* 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

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Today, we are announcing that the new AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 driver is now available, enhancing Radeon™ Pro professional graphics with stability, performance, security features, simplicity, and industry-leading innovation.

 

Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 accelerates product design workflows with a host of features designed to boost designer’s and engineer’s productivity, including performance improvements in select applications and over 320 “Day Zero” ISV application certifications. The new features include support for workstation wireless VR, improved image quality using AMD Radeon™ Pro Image Boost, expanded functionality for AMD Remote Workstation, and “One Driver” support coming soon for the AMD Radeon™ VII.

 

Exceptional Workstation Application Performance

Just in time for SOLIDWORKS® World 2019, when tested with the SOLIDWORKS® Performance Test 2019 and using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1, AMD Radeon™ Pro graphics has up to 46% better “rendering” performance 1 in SOLIDWORKS® 2019 when compared versus the competition. Additionally, year-over-year performance has increased – the 19.Q1 driver is up to 33% faster in SPECviewperf® 13 medical-02 than last year’s AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1. 6

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Over 320 “Day Zero” ISV Application Certifications

Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 launches with over 320 “Day Zero” ISV application certifications for Radeon™ Pro graphics cards including for Autodesk 3ds Max®, Autodesk Inventor®, Autodesk Maya®, Autodesk® VRED™ Professional, Bentley Systems Microstation®, GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD®, SideFX® Houdini™, SIEMENS NX™, and SIEMENS Solid Edge®. In fact, when you compare our previous 18.Q4 enterprise driver with NVIDIA’s previous Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) 411.81, AMD has approximately 40% more driver certifications in select applications. 7

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Ready for Workstation Wireless VR Visualization

Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 supports workstation wireless VR on AMD Radeon™ VR Ready Creator graphics cards 8ready for HTC’s upcoming VIVE Focus™ Plus standalone 6DoF VR headset 9. With this new workstation wireless VR capability, designers can visualize and interact with their creations on their workstation PC with the HTC VIVE Focus™ Plus and its included 6DoF controllers.

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AMD Radeon Pro Image Boost Accelerates Decision Making

This new feature is the professional version of our Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) technology tuned for use with professional applications and allows Radeon™ Pro graphics to output at a higher resolution (up to 5K) and then scale down to the lower native resolution of your display, improving sharpness and clarity. Radeon™ Pro Image Boost allows you to present complex and detailed designs at the highest image quality no matter the resolution of the display being used, accelerating product design decision making.

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Virtual Workstation Apps from Virtually Anywhere

AMD Remote Workstation has been upgraded to support application virtualization and streaming using Citrix® Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp® & XenDesktop®) helping enterprises to cut IT costs by deploying this technology to professionals working remotely 10. We also recently announced that AMD Remote Workstation support is available on more platforms, including the HPE Edgeline EL4000 Engineering Workstation.

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Unified “One Driver” for ALL for AMD graphics hardware

Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 simplifies deployment and delivers the stability, simplicity, and security of Radeon Pro Software to knowledge workers using commercial applications and content creators using media and entertainment applications with AMD Radeon graphics cards (Radeon VII “One Driver” support coming soon). However, the workstation application certifications and optimizations available with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise when using Radeon™ Pro graphics cards are NOT available when using AMD Radeon™ graphics cards.

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Download Today

DOWNLOAD AMD RADEON PRO SOFTWARE FOR ENTERPRISE 19.Q1.1 NOW

 

Alexander Blake-Davies is a Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group. His postings are his 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. When using AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1, the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 has up to 46% better rendering performance in Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS® 2019 when compared to the NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 using the NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise R410 U5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Jan 22, 2019, on a test system comprising of an Intel® Xeon® Gold 5122 4-core 3.60 GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Windows® 10 Enterprise April 2018 Update 64-bit, AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1/NVIDIA Quadro® P1000, NVIDIA Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R410 U5 (412.16). Benchmark Application: “Rendering” SOLIDWORKS® Performance Test 2019 with SOLIDWORKS® 2019 “Enhanced graphics performance” setting ON (results in seconds, lower is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100 score: 15.2 sec. NVIDIA Quadro® P1000 score: 22.2 sec. Performance Differential: (22.2-15.2)/15.2*100 = ~46.05% better performance with the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 4100. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements and may vary. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPS-42
  2. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 is up to 8% faster in Dassault Systèmes CATIA® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Jan 24, 2019, 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 Edition 18.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 catia-05 (results as score, higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 222.01. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 score: 240.88. Performance Differential: (240.88-222.01)/222.01*100 = ~8.49% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements 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-48
  3. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 is up to 13% faster in Autodesk Maya® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Jan 24, 2019, 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 Edition 18.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 maya-05 (results as score, higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 207.08. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 score: 234.76. Performance Differential: (234.76-207.08)/207.08*100 = ~13.37% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements 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-44
  4. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 is up to 15% faster in Autodesk 3ds Max® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Jan 24, 2019, 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 2100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 3dsmax-06 (4K) (results as score, higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 24.36. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 score: 28.04. Performance Differential: (28.04-24.36)/24.36*100 = ~15.11% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements 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-47
  5. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 is up to 22% faster in Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS® than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Jan 24, 2019, 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 Edition 18.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 sw-04 (results as score, higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 126.32. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 score: 154.64. Performance Differential: (154.64-126.32)/126.32*100 = ~22.42% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements 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-46
  6. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 is up to 33% faster in SPECviewperf® 13 medical-02 than AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 when using the AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 2100. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of Jan 24, 2019, 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 2100, AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1/AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Benchmark Application: SPECviewperf® 13 medical-02 (results as score, higher is better). AMD Radeon™ Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1 score: 8.62. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1 score: 11.47. Performance Differential: (11.47-8.62)/8.62*100 = ~33.06% faster performance with AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 19.Q1. Scores are based on AMD internal lab measurements 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-45
  7. AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise has approximately 40% more driver certifications in select applications than the competition when comparing the previous AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 to NVIDIA’s Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) 411.81 driver. Based on AMD internal research as of February 5, 2019, the NVIDIA® Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) 411.81 driver (released October 23, 2018) is certified for 18 ISV applications, while the AMD Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 driver (released November 14, 2018) was Day Zero certified for 25 ISV applications. Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4 applications certified: 25. NVIDIA® Quadro® Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) 411.81: 18. Differential: (25-18)/18*100 = 38.88% more ISV application certifications with Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q4. Results are based on AMD internal research and are subject to change. RPS-49
  8. A VR-capable GPU is required for VR:
    AMD Radeon™ VR Ready Creator Products are select AMD 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
  9. The HTC VIVE Focus™ Plus will be available starting in Q2 2019. Workstation wireless VR functionality requires the installation of the Radeon ReLive for VR application on the VR headset.

  10. Information for informational purposes and taken from Citrix.com as of February 7, 2019, https://www.citrix.com/products/citrix-virtual-apps-and-desktops/. AMD has not independently verified this information.

 

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© 2019 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, Inventor, Maya, and VRED are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Bentley, the Bentley logo, and MicroStation are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. GRAPHISOFT and ARCHICAD are registered trademarks of GRAPHISOFT SE. HTC and VIVE Focus are the trademarks or registered trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries of HTC Corporation and its affiliates. Houdini is a trademark of Side Effects Software Inc. registered in the USA and other countries. NX and Solid Edge are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. SOLIDWORKS is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. SPEC® and the benchmarks SPECviewperf® and SPECapc® are trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For more information, go to www.spec.org. 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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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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AMD had the opportunity to participate at the Autodesk University conference last week in Las Vegas from the 13th until the 15th of November.

Autodesk University is a yearly conference, hosted by Autodesk, which connects more than 10,000 professionals from various industries across Construction, Manufacturing, Architecture, Engineering and Digital Content Creation. During the four days of learning, networking and knowledge sharing, AU was a great opportunity to showcase AMD’s strong commitment to professionals in these industries - and to engage with the broader Autodesk end-user community.

AMD’s participation at AU was co-sponsored with Dell - a longtime, valued partner in the AEC and Design & Manufacturing technology marketplace. AMD’s team ran product demos and presentations in Dell’s booth to showcase the strong value propositions of Dell/AMD-powered workstations for professional workflows.

Jamie Gwilliam, AEC Industry Lead at AMD, led a masterclass titled “The Catalysts for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” which offered a fresh, global perspective of how various related technologies are rapidly changing modern AEC projects. A 30-minute workflow and technology presentations were also given throughout the day by the AMD Radeon Pro team that spoke about Radeon Pro WX workstation family & Dell Precision products.

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AMD experts ran several technical workflow demonstrations to showcase how AMD Radeon™ Pro-equipped graphics workstations are driving innovation and unparalleled application interactivity during “GPU multitasking” scenarios such as concurrent 3D modeling, final rendering and video editing, where AMD Radeon™ Pro equipped workstations delivered powerful, robust acceleration for the range of Autodesk’s toolsets. This demo was conducted for AMD’s technology partners and customers to highlight the dramatic differences in GPU multitasking user efficiency when comparing two identical Dell Precision 7820 workstations – one built with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics, and the second with an Nvidia Quadro P5000 graphic card. The demo clearly showed how AMD’s asynchronous compute capabilities dramatically improved user interactivity and productivity during heavy mixed workloads while running all applications at the same time such as Revit®, 3ds Max®, Enscape™, and Adobe® Premiere® Pro at the same time.

Other notable technology demos included the following Dell hardware configurations and use cases including the newest release of Radeon™ ProRender (2.3.403) running within Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019.2, Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® VRED™, Autodesk® Inventor® and Enscape™3D:

- Dell Precision 3930 Rack 1U workstation with AMD RadeonPro WX 4100 graphics

- Dell Precision 5820 Tower with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics

- Dell Precision 7720 17” mobile workstation with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics

- Dell Precision 7820 Tower with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics

- Dell Precision 5530 15” mobile workstation with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 graphics

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AMD was also an official sponsor of the AR/VR meetup in the Forge Quad area that was a great opportunity to allow attendees to get practical, real-world guidance on VR and AR from our experts. Booth visitors had the chance to try out the VR experience and engage with the demos for a chance to win a Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics card.

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Another collaboration within the show was at the BOXX Technologies booth where a chrome APEXX T3 workstation was displayed powered by the 2nd generation AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2990WX CPU to demo Autodesk® Revit® & V-Ray.

BOXX Technologies also showed an APEXX Neutrino T workstation featuring AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics and a 32-core AMD® Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 2990WX , with capacity for up to four Radeon™ Pro graphics cards along with highly configurable memory and hard drives options to run a wide range of workloads from CAD, rendering, and visual effects (VFX), proving itself to be a well-balanced configuration for a variety of professional use cases.

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To know more about the Autodesk University conference visit: https://www.autodesk.com/autodesk-university/

©2018 Advanced Micro Devices Inc. All rights reserved. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, EPYC, Radeon™, Ryzen™, Threadripper™ and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other product names are for reference only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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[Originally posted on 08/13/18]

LUXX Studios has only been around for 12 years, but it has already made a huge impact in Hollywood, providing visual effects work for large tentpole movies such as White House Down and Independence Day: Resurgence. Christian Haas and Andrea Block, founders of LUXX Studios, has continued building upon their successes, and is on their way to completing their very first full-length, animated feature titled “Manou the Swift”, an Ugly-Ducking-meets-Romeo-and-Juliet tale of an orphaned swift raised by seagulls, voiced by Kate Winslet and Willem Dafoe.

An Inside Look into LUXX Studio’s First Animated Movie

One of the biggest challenges for small, independent studios like LUXX is budget. Large, established players in the business can throw as much as $100 million or more at an animated film. LUXX has a budget of €8 million ($9.5 million USD), roughly 1/10 the budget typically allocated for a major animated production. They need to find efficiencies wherever they can so that they can make the film look amazing without breaking the bank.

This is where AMD comes in to the story. In production, LUXX utilizes Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Chaosgroup® V-Ray®, and Foundry’s® Nuke® along with several off-the-shelf plugins to assist with fluid and hair simulations. Such complex simulations can place a heavy load on a system, so to speed up their workflow, LUXX turned to AMD’s Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X CPU and AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 professional graphics card to help accelerate their content.

They saw an immediate difference upon using their new AMD powered workstations. Not only were artists able to complete their shots faster, they were able to complete them better. The extra time saved allowed them to try different versions of the same shot, allowing more creativity to flow, and producing a better film as an end result.

Manou the Swift Teaser Trailer

One other area where LUXX is leveraging the power of AMD is on their rendering side. LUXX’s previous rendering solution was a dual Intel Xeon based processor. The dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPUs took five hours to render a close-up of Manou, but when they switched their rendering to a single AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, the rendering time fell to under two hours per frame. This increase in power even enabled LUXX to reinstate shots that it had previously dropped on the grounds that they were too time-consuming to render.

Thanks to the stellar performance of AMD Radeon Pro professional graphics and AMD Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, LUXX Studios is completing their first animated feature faster and to a higher standard of quality than it thought possible. Read more about the benefits that AMD provides to LUXX Studios via the link below and be sure to check out Manou the Swift this autumn in a theater near you.

Keep up with all the latest news from LUXX and how Manou is progressing, powered by AMD. Click here to visit LUXX Studios website.

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Download the AMD + LUXX Case Study (PDF)

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Warren Eng is a Product Marketing Manager for professional graphics at AMD. His postings are his 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

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[Originally posted on 08/13/18]

AMD has just announced the Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 workstation graphics card, delivering the best workstation graphics performance for under $10001. This new graphics card from AMD is based on the advanced “Vega” graphics architecture2 and comes equipped with specs and features to help accelerate your most demanding workloads. This includes incredibly fast cutting-edge HBM2 memory, up to 512 GB/s memory bandwidth, 4x DisplayPort 1.4 HDR Ready outputs with support for up to 4x 4K displays or a single 8K display and the performance needed to drive more demanding graphics workloads like virtual reality or photorealistic rendering.

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There are several reasons why you should choose Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 over competing workstation and consumer graphics. According to a QA Consultants report commissioned by AMD, Radeon™ Pro delivers “the most stable drivers”3, enabling users to get the most productivity from their workstation. The Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 also includes certifications and optimizations on many of today’s most popular professional applications, which means you get the performance, stability and professional features enabled to drive your designs to completion.

When it comes to performance, the Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 workstation graphics card is no slouch. There are several instances where this card beats out the competition, including the more expensive Nvidia Quadro P5000. For example, Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 graphics’ rendering performance on Blender Cycles is up to 20% faster than the P5000 and up to 30% faster than the P4000 running the same test4. The Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 graphics also delivers greater performance in applications like Foundry’s Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Autodesk Maya, than NVIDIA Quadro P4000 and P50005. Many designers are also moving to VR to visualize their workflows and the Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 graphics delivers outstanding performance in VR, achieving higher scores in VRMark’s Cyan Room test than the competition.

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Fig. 1. VRMark Cyan Room Benchmark. See footnote #6 below.

One of the most impressive advantages the Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 brings to the table over the competition is its multitasking capabilities. This is where the advanced “Vega” architecture really shines2. You can increase your productivity by doing more than one thing at once. For instance, you can render a model in the background while working on another design at the same time. Doing this on a competitive product is nearly impossible, but with the Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, you can easily do this without any issues and have an average 13x gain in performance over the competition while doing heavy GPU multitasking.

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Fig.2. GPU multitasking performance. See footnote #7 below for details.

With the “most stable professional graphics driver” certifications and optimizations on many of today’s most popular professional applications, and amazing performance to boot, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 is the best professional graphics card available today for under $10001. Pre-order yours now on newegg.com with targeted product availability in September.

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FOOTNOTES:

1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 1st, 2018, on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3, 16GB DDR4 system memory, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows® 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, NVIDIA Quadro P4000, NVIDIA Quadro P5000. List price on newegg.com as of August 3rd, 2018, P4000 = $849.97. P5000 = $1885. AMD graphics driver 18.20-180713a, NVIDIA graphics driver 391.74. Benchmark Application: VRMark, Cyan Room. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 6979. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 6351. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 4550. Performance Differential: 6979/6351 = 9.9% performance than the P5000. Performance Differential: 6979/4550= 53.38% better performance on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Foundry Nuke 11, Denoise and Motion Blur Benchmark. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 29 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 36 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 40 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-29/36 = 19.4% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-29/40 = 27.5% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Adobe Premiere Pro. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 752 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 897 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 1825 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-752/897 = 16% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-752/1825 = 58.79% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Autodesk Maya 2017. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 7.92. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 7.64. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 7.55. Performance Differential: 7.92/7.64= 3.6% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 7.92/7.55= 4.9% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Radeon™ ProRender. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 39 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 48 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 58 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-39/48 = 18.75% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-39/58 = 32.76% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark application: Blender Cycles 2.7.9 – “Pavillon Barcelone” Scene. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 405 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 506 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 584 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-405/506 = 20% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-405/584 = 30.6% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.

2. “Vega” is a codename for AMD architectures, and is not a product name. GD-122

3. In May 2018, AMD commissioned QA Consultants to evaluate the stability of several of the latest graphics drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA. See page 1 of the "Graphics Driver Quality - Determination of Stability from Leading Market Vendors" report at https://www.amd.com/system/files/documents/graphics-driver-quality.pdf for more details.

4. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 1st, 2018, on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3, 16GB DDR4 system memory, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows® 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, NVIDIA Quadro P4000, NVIDIA Quadro P5000, AMD graphics driver 18.20-180713a, NVIDIA graphics driver 391.74. Benchmark Application: Radeon™ ProRender. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 39 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 48 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 58 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-39/48 = 18.75% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-39/58 = 32.76% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark application: Blender Cycles 2.7.9 – “Pavillon Barcelone” Scene. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 405 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 506 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 584 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-405/506 = 20% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-405/584 = 30.6% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Average score based on results above. WX 8200 vs. P4000 = (32.76+30.65)/2 = 31.71%, WX 8200 vs. P5000 = (18.75 + 19.96)/2 = 19.36%. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.

5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 1st, 2018, on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3, 16GB DDR4 system memory, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows® 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, NVIDIA Quadro P4000, NVIDIA Quadro P5000, AMD graphics driver 18.20-180713a, NVIDIA graphics driver 391.74. Benchmark Application: Foundry Nuke 11, Denoise and Motion Blur Benchmark. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 29 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 36 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 40 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-29/36 = 19.4% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-29/40 = 27.5% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Adobe Premiere Pro. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 752 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 897 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 1825 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-752/897 = 16% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-752/1825 = 58.79% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Autodesk Maya 2017. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 7.92. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 7.64. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 7.55. Performance Differential: 7.92/7.64= 3.6% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 7.92/7.55= 4.9% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Average score based on results above. WX 8200 vs. P4000 = (4.9+58.79+27.5)/3 = 30.40%, WX 8200 vs. P5000 = (3.66+16.16+19.44)/3 = 13.09%. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.

6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 1st, 2018, on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3, 16GB DDR4 system memory, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows® 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, NVIDIA Quadro P4000, NVIDIA Quadro P5000, AMD graphics driver 18.20-180713a, NVIDIA graphics driver 391.74.Benchmark Application: VRMark, Cyan Room. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 6979. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 6351. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 4550. Performance Differential: 6979/6351 = 9.9% performance than the P5000. Performance Differential: 6979/4550= 53.38% better performance on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.

7. Pricing USD. List price on newegg.com as of August 3rd, 2018, P4000 = $849.97. P5000 = $1885. Expected SEP of $999 for the WX 8200. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of August 1st, 2018, on a test system comprising of Intel E5-1650 v3, 16GB DDR4 system memory, Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSD, Windows® 10 Enterprise 64-bit, Radeon™ Pro WX 8200, NVIDIA Quadro P4000, NVIDIA Quadro P5000. AMD graphics driver 18.20-180713a, NVIDIA graphics driver 391.74. Class is defined as professional graphics cards with etail pricing under $1,000. Performance based on the following benchmark results. Benchmark Application: VRMark, Cyan Room. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 6979. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 6351. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 4550. Performance Differential: 6979/6351 = 9.9% performance than the P5000. Performance Differential: 6979/4550= 53.38% better performance on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Foundry Nuke 11, Denoise and Motion Blur Benchmark. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 29 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 36 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 40 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-29/36 = 19.4% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-29/40 = 27.5% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Adobe Premiere Pro. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 752 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 897 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 1825 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-752/897 = 16% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-752/1825 = 58.79% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Autodesk Maya 2017. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 7.92. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 7.64. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 7.55. Performance Differential: 7.92/7.64= 3.6% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 7.92/7.55= 4.9% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark Application: Radeon™ ProRender. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 39 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 48 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 58 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-39/48 = 18.75% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-39/58 = 32.76% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. Benchmark application: Blender Cycles 2.7.9 – “Pavillon Barcelone” Scene. AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 score: 405 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P5000 score: 506 seconds. NVIDIA Quadro P4000 score: 584 seconds. Performance Differential: 1-405/506 = 20% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P5000. Performance Differential: 1-405/584 = 30.6% better score on Radeon™ Pro WX WX 8200 than on NVIDIA P4000. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers.

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