The first public preview of the Octane X graphics rendering engine is now available to Mac users on MacOS Catalina, whose extensive rollout will take place later in 2020.
Octane X is a new version of OctoyRender’s OctaneRender that has been completely rewritten into Apple’s Metal Graphics API as part of a “long and deep collaboration with Apple’s world-class engineering team.” It originally debuted with Apple as the keynote speaker for Apple’s WWDC 2019 with the Mac Pro.
Ottoy announced on Monday that a public preview of Octane X was officially launched for MacOS Catalina 10.15.6. It is fully optimized for both AMD Vega and Navi GPUs in Apple’s Mac Pro, iMac, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro lineups.
The company’s lineup of unbiased, GPU-accelerated rendering platforms is widely used in film, TV, games, motion graphics, and AR / VR applications. Although optimized for a range of Apple Macs, the Octane X was designed with the Mac Pro in mind. In 2019, Ottoy’s CEO Jules Urbach stated that “Octane X will take advantage of this unprecedented performance to take interactive and production GPU rendering … to a new level.”
According to the company, the Octane X features a completely rewritten mesh geometry engine and perfect linear scaling of rendering speeds with multiple GPU configurations nearby – including EGPU3 plugged via Thunderbolt. It ships with RNDR, a distributed rendering platform that allows graphic artists to leverage networks. Of decentralized GPUs for power functions. On a Mac Pro, it supports up to 400 GPU on network rendering and up to 1.5TB of out-of-core memory, up to 56 Xeon CPU threads.
With a Radeon Pro Vega II Duo MPX module on a Mac Pro based on the Octanebench score, the Octane X delivers the fastest score ever for a single-slot graphics card. Renderer looked at the machine with a score of 415, ahead of the previous top score of 401.
Octane X will be bundled with a dozen baked-in plugins for various MacOS 3D content creation platforms, including Autodesk Maya, Maxon Cinema 4D, and Side FX Houdini.
The public preview will be available on MacOS Catalina for existing OctaneRender studios and enterprise subscribers starting on Monday. Otoy said that all new users activating Octane X 2019 or Octane X will also be available for MacOS Big Sur running on Mac Pro, iMac and MacBook Pro for free.