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Old 04-12-2017, 07:33 AM   #1
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Redshift for Mac

Woohoo! First Pascal drivers and now, more good news for brow beaten Mac users...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Red...80770752372142/
 
Old 04-12-2017, 09:58 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads-up. Just emailed for a test version!
 
Old 04-12-2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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From a comment on the Facebook post: "From initial reports looks like the Mac versions are running fine."

I hope people here test it!
 
Old 04-13-2017, 04:41 PM   #4
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Initial impression: even on an older 15" Macbook Pro with a GT 750M, this is a very fast renderer!
 
Old 04-13-2017, 05:16 PM   #5
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Initial impression: even on an older 15" Macbook Pro with a GT 750M, this is a very fast renderer!


Does this make you think about trying an external GPU?
 
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How did you get to try it? I was under the impression you needed to be a Redshift customer? Can anyone have a go?
 
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How did you get to try it? I was under the impression you needed to be a Redshift customer? Can anyone have a go?


From a comment on the Facebook post:
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If you’re not a customer and would like to test the Mac build for any of the above 3d apps, please send us an email to info@redshift3d.com with the subject line “MacOS alpha”. We’ll grant you access to the 2.5 builds and send you a temp license.


Go for it! Just make sure to report back on how you like it.
 
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How did you get to try it? I was under the impression you needed to be a Redshift customer? Can anyone have a go?


Follow the Facebook post in the OP. If you setup an account on their forums, then email them to express interest, they will allow you into the restricted part of the forum to download the alpha and will send you a time limited license.
 
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Does this make you think about trying an external GPU?


Maybe.... It makes me want to break a cheesegrater Mac Pro out of storage to try a recent NVidia card in...

Best,

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access granted! woo hoo - looking forward to trying this one...
 
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First impressions are that yes, it's very quick to render, and once it's up and running it's very interactive, even with thousands of clones. But it takes an age to process the scene beforehand if it's got a lot of geometry – far longer than Octane. I threw a 275,000-poly SpeedTree model at it and Redshift took 80+ seconds to prep and render. Octane took 4. I also tried a 1.56 million poly tree – Octane took around 18 second while Redshift was over two minutes! Then in navigating the scene Redshift was slightly laggier than Octane, but not by much.

Of course this is still in alpha, so there's loads of work yet to be done, and I don't yet fully understand all of its functions. If these issue can be solved, it shows a lot of promise.
 
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Just signed up, but see it only will run with Nvidia drivers (Im on one of the nmacpro trashcans). So I guess I should finally take the plunge and start building an external enclosure and throw some Nvidia cards in there.

Could someone please direct me to the best, most current resource for this info?
Thanks
 
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THANK YOU DarthMole!
 
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Just signed up, but see it only will run with Nvidia drivers (Im on one of the nmacpro trashcans). So I guess I should finally take the plunge and start building an external enclosure and throw some Nvidia cards in there.

Could someone please direct me to the best, most current resource for this info?
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http://barefeats.com/egpu_pascal.html

On an eGPU a trashcan Mac a test render went from 2191 seconds to 139 seconds when paired with 1080TI via AKiTiO Node eGPU. No typo. That was w/Blender. There are also Octane benchmarks in the article but since Octane requires CUDA there is no comparative benchmark for the trashcan Mac.

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