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This year AMD is diamond sponsor of the largest and most prestigious awards event for the architectural visualization industry, with over $436,000 in prizes available.

Now in its 15th year, the awards attract entries from top studios, freelancers and students from around the world. AMD is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of the awards, celebrating the best imagery, film and interactive projects created in 2017/2018.

This headline sponsorship from AMD is enhanced by fellow sponsors Unreal Engine, RebusFarm, Autodesk, Chaos Group, Gobotree and Blank Repository, as well as D2 and Trojan Horse. Together the prize fund offered amounts to an impressive $436,000+ for nominees, entrants and winners.

This is significantly up from last year’s fund of approx. $300,000.

The award categories are:

  • Image (Commissioned)
  • Image (Non-commissioned)
  • Image (Student)
  • Film/Animation (Student)
  • Film/Animation (Commissioned)
  • Film/Animation (Non-commissioned)
  • Interactive

As well as two special Unreal Studio Experience categories covering Film and Image.

CGarchitect was launched in 2001 and remains one of the key resources for many architectural visualization professionals. With over 1.8 million unique visitors per year, the website is a great resource for staying current on emerging trends, with community at its heart.

AMD is proud to support this year’s CGarchitect Architectural 3D Awards, offering AMD the chance to celebrate and reward some of the world’s best visualisation talent.

CGarchitect and AMD were a perfect match for the 2018 awards as both companies clearly care about the community and promoting great talent.” – Jeff Mottle, Founder, CGArchitect


Image courtesy of Éva Sághegyi

AMD’s partnership with CGarchitect for the awards was an easy decision, as it remains committed to making technology less of a barrier in the pursuit of great visualisation and VR, and this year AMD is providing prizes that help get you better results. The prizes include seven Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 professional graphics cards – the world’s fastest single slot, VR-ready GPU, certified for over 80 popular software applications; as well seven Ryzen™ Threadripper 1950X processors. Ryzen Threadripper offers indisputable multi-processing supremacy on the X399 ultimate platform for desktop, with 16 cores providing an astonishing 32 threads of simultaneous multi-processing power for complex tasks like rendering.


Image courtesy of Davide Calabrò

Most people know that in CPU terms, the more cores you have, the quicker you get your render, but GPU specs and numbers can often be difficult to decipher. At the bottom of this post is a basic overview of GPU considerations for visualisation.

Join us at AMD in congratulating the entrants and nominees, for driving the industry forward and increasing the standard of what’s possible.

You can view the full list of nominees in each category by clicking here.

*Now for today’s GPU lesson: 

The Radeon Pro WX 7100 GPU is not only certified and optimized for over 80 popular tools, but offers 10-bit color support, and can cater for up to two 5K displays or a single 8K display, all backed by 8GB of memory. For those not familiar with GPU terms, here comes the lesson part. Graphic cards performance is often measured by the TFLOPs and physical memory size. The Radeon Pro WX 7100 has up to 5.73 TFLOPS and 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a memory bandwidth of up to 224 GB/s. Sounds great, but what does this mean for your software? Well, in essence, the Radeon Pro WX 7100 can handle an average of up to 5.73 trillion bytes or units of data per second. While this is a good indication of the performance of a graphics card, it is important to know that it is not the only indicator for software performance. Ultimately, it’s a mix of all of its components that determines the performance and quality of a graphics card. In GPU terms, the 8 GB memory is dedicated only to the graphics card when performing parallel calculations, which is great for texture storing. The bandwidth measurement is the performance or speed of the GPU memory, typically measured in GB/s or Gigabytes per second.  (A gigabyte is equal to one thousand million bytes – basically a very big number with 9 zeros!) In visualisation software terms, the greater the GB/s speed, the faster the calculated images and the greater quality of the viewports, Often synthetic benchmarks only take into account one factor, but in real-world scenarios, the combination of these components contributes to the perceived performance of the graphics card.

You should also consider what language the software uses for translating key GPU hardware acceleration requests. For instance, AMD is part of a group (including Epic Games, Google, Intel, Huawei, Sony and ARM) which supports the open language standard of OpenCL™.  This parallel programming acceleration is found in many visualisation applications including Adobe Photoshop®, enabling hardware accelerated features like the ‘Blur Gallery’ plus smooth pan and zoom, as well as plugins like Chaos Group V-ray RT. You should also consider driver stability. It has been independently acknowledged that “AMD has the most stable driver in the industry,” according to QA Consultants. You can read more here.

This is where a dedicated graphics card, whether in a desk-side workstation or mobile workstation, can benefit the software you love.

Read how Rockstar Films use Dual Radeon Pro WX 7100s for creating music videos with software such as Foundry Nuke, Autodesk Maya and Pixars Renderman. Click Here.

 

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