Please see the Set Up V-Ray RT GPU page in addition to the FAQ. If you are unable to find an answer to a question you have on this page, please contact Chaos Group Support for further help.
The code base for V-Ray RT GPU differs from the code base for the CPU engine. The GPU code base is optimized for GPU hardware and supports a subset of the features of CPU rendering. For a complete list of supported features, please see the V-Ray RT Supported Features page.
Yes. See the RT GPU setup section for instructions on how to do this.
V-Ray will display a warning if the GPU used for monitoring is participating in the rendering process.
If you use many GPUs in DR nodes you might find that the network develops a bottleneck at some point due to the GPUs producing data very fast. To increase the size of the workload chunks that are being given to the DR nodes and help reduce the communication between the client and the servers, increase the Ray bundle size and Rays per pixel parameters in the Performance section under the V-Ray RT tab in the Render Setup dialog. Try values like 192/32 or 256/64.
RT GPU also reports how much memory it uses for textures/geometry/light cache/etc in the V-Ray log. If you enable the Show statistics checkbox from the RT settings, the memory usage information will be printed in the VFB itself as well.
You can set it by selecting V-Ray RT from the Renderer dropdown when the Target drop-down is set to Production Rendering Mode from the top of the Render Setup window, or also by adjusting the selected renderer to V-Ray RT in the Production setting found in the Assign Renderer rollout at the bottom of the Common tab. The main differences are, you will lose the interactivity of the Active Shade, but you will be able to render animations, and V-Ray will calculate and use Light Cache for RT GPU GI calculations if it has been set as primary or secondary GI engine.
When using RT GPU as the Production renderer with Max noise as the render threshold, please set a value for Max paths/pixel (to something like 10,000) to avoid long render times. The default value for Max paths/pixel is set to 10,000.
If you use RT GPU as a Production and you have selected Light Cache as primary or secondary GI engine, V-Ray will calculate and use the Light Cache for the RT GPU GI calculations. If you run RT GPU in Active Shade, V-Ray will always use Brute Force for primary and secondary GI engines, unless you load your Light Cache from a file. The reason for that is that the Light Cache is view dependent, and recalculating it every time the camera changes its position in Active Shade doesn't make much sense.
All procedural textures are supported for RT GPU bump maps if attached through a Color2Bump map in the Bump slot of the material editor. Because the RT GPU is a very different engine, the bump map itself can look a bit different compared to V-Ray Adv.
In Render Setup > V-Ray RT tab > Stereo mode - choose your desired mode. VRayStereoscopic helper is not supported in V-Ray RT.
There are global switches that turn them off in ActiveShade. Check the switches to enabled rendering of those in ActiveShade mode. In Production mode, these are enabled by default.
Check the list of devices in the RT GPU settings tab. Keep in mind that in certain setups 3DS Max will not recognize some of the devices. If you don't see your device on the list there (the list is empty), try to uncheck the In process checkbox. This will make V-Ray run as a separate process, working around the limitation. If this does not help as well and you have already updated to the latest drivers, please contact Chaos Group Support.
If 3ds Max doesn't properly recognize the devices, V-Ray will automatically turn off the "In process" rendering and show warnings in the VFB and in the log.
The difference in render speeds depends on the video cards and the CPUs that are compared, as well as on the scenes used as benchmarks. It is normal to achieve a big speed boost with the GPUs compared to the CPU with some scenes and to have comparable performance with others. If you, however, consider that this might be a bug, please contact Chaos Group Support.
Yes, you can speed up your rendering using DR on multiple systems with CUDA/OpenCL enabled devices.
Keep in mind that if some Windows drivers may have limitations and may not be able to use GPUs if there is no monitor attached to the machine or you are logged in via Remote Desktop. Check the GPU vendor documentation for more information.
Yes, within its limitations.
Yes. Note that V-Ray RT rendering supports motion blurred frames that are integer numbers only. Make sure the starting frame of your render is an integer number for motion blur to work correctly. For example, starting the render from frame 0 will produce correct motion blur, but starting from frame 1.25 will produce incorrect motion blur.
If you're trying to use matte materials in situations like making a shadow catcher, V-Ray RT in GPU mode will not render objects with matte properties correctly unless the Elements Active checkbox is enabled under the Render Elements tab of the Render Setup window.