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    GPU support - Rendering


    GPU support.

    i'd rather use LightWave only if possible.

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    - Use a fast CPU, render things fast
    - in addition, Add 1 GPU, render things even faster
    - in addition, Add a 2'nd GPU, render things damn fast


    the downside?... None.
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    I'm using an RTX 2080 atm and its a definite yes. When you use RTX features like in substance, its yes +100.

    I liken it to Fprime back in the day of CPU when everyone else had no iterative preview renderer.

    Gonna try out x12 RTX 2080 TI's in tandem at some point, no way CPU can compete

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    Ya, with dual Quadro RTX 4000's it would really be nice to make use of them directly.
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    In an ideal world it would be a native gpu solution that would not replace but complement the (current/future) cpu engine in a way that all settings and materials would be identical and deliver pixelmatching results. I.e. just checking a button for chosing either cpu or gpu engine for rendering. So you would be still having the benefit of using whatever "classical" renderfarm you might have access to...
    Well, one might dream, right? ;-]

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    perhaps they can just make octane the default renderer? Or at least just include the old renderer.

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    Although I would like a native GPU render solution there's the issue GPU support, NVIDIA has a very robust rendering system, CUDA for one and the possibility of their AI code being used for other things. Not sure if AMD has anything comparable, this could leave a lot of MAC users out in the cold. I could be wrong about what AMD has.
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    I just purchased dual Titan RTX cards with NVLink; with the link, that's a combined 9216 CUDA cores and 48gb GDDR6.

    So yes; I would very VERY much like Lightwave to have GPU rendering.

    Very much.

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    I just ordered a new workstation with dual RTX4000’S lightwave is the only software I use regularly that won’t benefit from them much. Most of my work is in video but when I need 3D lightwave is my go to tool. Or at least it has been. I’ve been using LW for 23 years and am dreading moving to something else but development seems way behind. I was just checking third party plugins and couldn’t find any released in a year. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right place.
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    I hope the devs haven't noticed that only 17 of us voted so far? Eeek.

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    I believe a native GPU solution is a must in the near future
    I honestly don't believe lightwave will survive without it...unless they do magic with the code for cpu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prometheus View Post
    I believe a native GPU solution is a must in the near future
    I honestly don't believe lightwave will survive without it...unless they do magic with the code for cpu.
    Pretty strong opinion. We might do 20 - 40 product renders a day with an average render time of 3 minutes a piece - hardly the end of the world. However speed is king and while I think the LW renderer has an amazing look and the shading system is really good - it's not the speediest. It was indeed very discouraging to hear that they let Mark G. go as no one knows the LW render better and I'd put money on it that his next course of action after shipping the product was to optimize the hell out of it. Can that still happen? Maybe.
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    Pretty strong opinion
    Perhaps... however,...

    many people would welcome (versus cost) a Twice As Fast Render  

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    I would love to see GPU rendering..as well as a GPU/CPU hybrid that could leverage it all....AND Nvidia Cuda support. That would definately put LW back in place as a contender.
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    Back when Jay Roth was in charge he wrote NT would very probably include GPU support for rendering in the future.
    (unfortunately i couldn't find the quote)
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    The GPU noise reduction was a good start....but its really useless unless youre doing print resolutions, and it really doesnt reduce time at all, from the few times I've tested it out.
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