3dsmax Update, New V-Ray Version Maya + Houdini, Fan-Less x570 Motherboards and more

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Well, we’re halfway past June now, and the news seems to have slowed down to a crawl. A few important software updates, a brand-new high-end notebook launch, and a new motherboard lineup for AMD’s Ryze processors made the news this past week. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Autodesk Releases 3ds Max 2022.1

Autodesk’s popular 3D modeling and rendering software received iterative upgrades this past week with the release of 3ds Max 2022.1. The Smart Extrude system released in 3ds Max 2021 got a performance bump when merging or cutting into geometry or restitching intersections. Autodesk claims that the tool is now ‘many times faster.’ The performance of modifiers has also been enhanced in this update. Other changes include new options for ignoring backfacing parts of a mesh and the inclusion of Retopology tools 1.1 in the main 3ds Max installation. Read all the changes here.

V-Ray Ships V-Ray 5 Update 1 for Maya and Houdini

V-Ray for Maya and Houdini allows users to work natively in Maya with Maya USD and for Houdini, natively in Solaris using the V-Ray Hydra delegate. Update 1 also includes the ability to fine-tune scenes without re-rendering, tints for volumetric environment fog, improved translucent materials, and improved GPU accelerated global illumination for faster rendering. V-Ray for Houdini also features simplified texture baking and the Phoenix Foam Shader for effects like bubbles, splashes, and foams. Read more.

ASUS Reveals All-AMD Gaming Notebook with RX 6800M Graphics and Ryzen 5900HX CPU

After what seems like ages, AMD is finally offering graphics in the high-end notebook segment – making the ROG Strix G15/G17 Advantage Edition possible. ASUS is one of the first manufacturers to leverage the AMD Advantage program, which offers unique advantages to laptops that house both an AMD CPU and GPU. The brand-new G15 notebook features a high-end RX 5800M graphics chip that competes with an RTX 3080 (mobile) at a much lower price point. You can find the product page here.

Gigabyte Launches AMD X570S Motherboards without Chipset Fans – More Brands Incoming

AMD’s X570 motherboards caught a lot of flak when they released with chipset fans – raising questions on long-term reliability. Gigabyte is one of the first brands to officially reveal this X570S motherboard lineup after several months of rumors. One of the most advertised features is better, more robust power delivery and a passively-cooled chipset. No chipset fan. Other brands will most likely follow suit with their lineups soon. Read more.

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