Nvidia Advanced Rendering Store Release of Mental Ray for Autodesk 3ds Max 2018
The renderer is free for local machine renders, but to use distributed rendering over a farm you will have to buy licenses via a yearly subscription. This is a departure from the old days when Autodesk included mental ray and network rendering all within the 3ds Max subscription.
The cost is $395/yr for a single node or a five node pack for $1495. Discounts apply if you are running a Quadro or Tesla card, bringing cost to $95/yr and $325/yr.
All this means for small shops like us is that we will be really making a push for Blender or Houdini.
Some of the new features include a new GI computation called GI Next with claims of up to 2x faster than Final Gather Force GI, performance scaling with Nvidia GPU’s, lighting improvements, and GPU Ambient Occlusion passes among others.
Visit the Nvidia official website to find out more.