Weekly Hardware & Software News Roundup for Content Creators November 7th - November 13th, 2020
That week went by quickly, didn’t it? A lot happened. Apple launched 3 Macs powered by Apple Silicon, Cinema 4D will be available for those new Mac devices immediately, there were major updates to 2 popular benchmarking applications, and BlackMagic Design announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 17.
News This section covers news sourced from various trusted media and business outlets.
Apple Launches MacBook and Mac Mini Featuring Apple’s Own M1 Chip
Apple launched the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13”, and a Mac Mini with Apple’s first foray into chips for laptops and desktops at their core. The brand-new 5nm Apple Silicon chip is called ‘M1,’ and features an 8-core CPU (4 high-performance cores, 4 efficiency cores). Apple claims substantial performance gains leads over Intel-based MacBooks from last generation at a fraction of the power draw. Several professional application vendors, including Adobe, have promised releases for the new Macs in 2021. Read more.
Maxon Cinema 4D Available for New Apple M1-Powered Macs
C4D Professionals looking to hop to Apple will be able to use Maxon Cinema 4D natively on the M1-powered Macs – powering on-the-move creation. Due to the move away from the x86 architecture, applications will need to be released for the ARM-based devices. This particular release makes Cinema 4D the first 3D animation tool for these devices. Read more.
Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 5 Benchmark
V-Ray benchmark has become a popular benchmarking application to test rendering speeds on CPUs and GPUs. Chaos Group released the V-Ray 5 Benchmark with improvements that aims to make testing even easier and more accurate. In addition to a redesigned, intuitive interface, a new ray tracing testing mode allows you to test render performance of your Nvidia RTX GPUs. Read more.
Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 17
Announcing a major new release with over 300 new features and improvements, BlackMagic Design unveiled details about DaVinci Resolve 17. The public beta is available for download from the company website. New features in this release include HDR grading tools, next-generation Fairlight audio engine, AI-based magic masks, and so much more. Read more.
Blender Cycles Update Brings Performance Improvements for CPU+GPU Rendering in Partnership with AMD
While Cycles already supports using CPU+GPU rendering, there was a problem with it. Since the CPU grabs one tile per processor thread, towards the end, the GPU runs out of tiles while the CPU is still processing the tiles it already started. To mitigate the performance loss here, a commit that allows tile stealing, i.e., stealing the tile from the CPU and handing it to the GPU when it’s idle has now been added – avoiding the scenario where the GPU is idle waiting for the CPU to finish a render. Users are already reporting improved performance numbers after the update. Read more.
Maxon Releases Update for Popular CPU Benchmarking Tool – Cinebench R23 is Now Available
Cinebench is an industry-standard benchmarking application at this point, and Maxon announced a major update to it on November 11th – Cinebench Release 23. The update brings a few much-needed improvements to the benchmark. One of them includes the ability to assess whether the hardware can deliver consistent performance for longer periods of time without encountering thermal limits. Maxon also declared that due to code and compiler changes, Cinebench score values will adjust to new ranges and thus, cannot be compared to scores from previous Cinebench versions. Read more.
Educational Content and Helpful Resources for CG Professionals This new section features tools, training materials, tutorials, and so on for a variety of CG applications. Screen Space Global Illumination for Blender Eevee: https://gumroad.com/n0451#PgyXc How to Excel in CG with Peter Starostin (Senior Character Animator at Blizzard Entertainment –Animation Industry Podcast): https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast/episode-86-blizzard-senior-character-animator-peter-starostin-shares-how-to-excel-in-cg
Rumor Roundup This section only covers rumors sourced from relatively unreliable sources. Please treat them as such.
Reports of Nvidia RTX 3050 with 2,304 CUDA Cores at 90W
It looks like the flood of rumors about new Nvidia GPUs aren’t stopping anytime soon with yet another leak. The leaker gives out details about a graphics chip that will reportedly be the RTX 3050. For those looking to shop in the sub-$400 price range, this should be good news. That said, stock of Nvidia’s Ampere graphics cards is still a problem.
Nvidia Rumored to Launch RTX 3080Ti in January 2021
In another leak, Nvidia’s plans to offer an RTX 3080Ti were detailed. It is supposedly based on a cut-down version of the RTX 3090 GPU die and will feature 20GB of GDDR6X VRAM. If this rumor is indeed true, it will be the perfect product for those who want to use these GPUs for CUDA rendering tasks without spending over $1500 per card. Now, only if you could actually buy one.
This section keeps track of the latest versions of popular Content Creation Software. Lots of big updates this week! 3D
- Blender: 2.90.1
- Cinema 4D: 23.110 *Recent Update\*
- 3ds Max: 2021.2
- Maya: 2020.3
- Houdini: 18.5.395 *Recent Update\*
- Modo: 14.1.v2
- zBrush: 2021.1.2
- Keyshot: 9.3.14
- Redshift: 3.0.32
- Octane: 2020.1
- Vray: 5.00.05
- Arnold: 220.127.116.11
- Corona: 6
- Renderman: 23.5 *Recent Update\*
- Deadline: 10.1.11.5 *Recent Update\*
- Substance Painter: 2020.2.2
- Substance Designer: 2020.1.3
Motion Design, Compositing
- Premiere Pro: October 2020 (14.5)
- Davinci Resolve: 16.2.7
- Final Cut Pro X: 10.5 *Recent Update\*
Graphic Design, Illustration, Photo Editing
- After Effects: October 2020 (17.5)
- Fusion: 17 *Recent Update\*
- Nuke: 12.2
- Photoshop: October 2020 (22.0)
- Illustrator: October 2020 (25.0)
- Lightroom: October 2020 (10.0)
- Indesign: October 2020 (16.0)
- Solidworks: 2021 SP0 *Recent Update\*
- Revit: 2021.1.1
- Autocad: 2021
- Inventor: 2021.2 *Recent Update\*
- Archicad: 24
- Sketchup: 2020.2
- Unity3D: 2020.1.13 *Recent Update\*
- Unreal: 4.25
That's about it from our side for this week! We added the "Educational Content and Helpful Resources for CG Professionals" section this week. Let us know if this is really helpful or you'd rather see something else :)
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