AMD Radeon ProRender

AMD Radeon™ ProRender is AMD’s powerful physically-based rendering engine that lets creative professionals use open industry standards to leverage GPU and CPU performance to produce stunningly photorealistic images in Autodesk® 3ds Max®.

Fast, easy, and incredible, Radeon™ ProRender is available as a plug-in for 3ds Max® and can be used to render anything – product designs, architectural visualizations, visuals effects, and more.

Radeon™ ProRender is fully integrated into 3ds Max® 2017, 2018, and 2019 for Microsoft Windows®, meaning you can use its existing lights, materials, and textures, and it renders your geometry accurately. Radeon™ ProRender also comes with a library of materials to get you started.

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Get the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in and user guide for 3ds Max®

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Physically Accurate

It’s physically accurate and lightning fast. It has viewport integration, so you can see your changes as you go

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Hardware Agnostic

AMD Radeon™ ProRender for 3ds Max® is hardware agnostic. If your computer can run OpenCL™ 1.2, it can run Radeon™ ProRender on your CPU or GPU

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Fully Integrated

Whatever your chosen workflow, AMD Radeon™ ProRender is fully integrated into 3ds Max® 2017 and higher, letting you select which native components to use

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VR Cameras

AMD Radeon™ ProRender for 3ds Max® comes with panoramic and stereoscopic VR camera views. In addition, other 3ds Max® cameras are supported too

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Environment and Sky

AMD Radeon™ ProRender has its own environment setup, letting you work in IBL or Sky mode, together with emissive light setups and lights from HDRI environments


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Material Library

AMD Radeon™ ProRender comes with its own material library optimized for use with our renderer, providing an easy starting and reference point for your own shaders


Plays Nice with Others

AMD Radeon™ ProRender plays nice with output from Substance and Quixel

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Removes noise from an image while preserving detail, cutting render times. AMD Radeon™ ProRender supports both final render and interactive rendering denoising

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Detailed Features

Current features of the AMD Radeon™ ProRender plug-in for Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2.3


  • *NEW* Improved subdivision of surfaces with Adaptive Subdivision speeds up workflows.
  • Denoising support for both final and interactive rendering.
  • Simplified sampling -- all rendering samples are used for anti-aliasing.
  • Native tone mapping and exposure controls.
  • Depth map rendering capability, allowing the processing of depth of field manually.
  • ActiveShade viewport integration means you can work with Radeon™ ProRender in real-time and see your changes as you make them.
  • Assign local resources to your GPU or CPU.
  • Built on OpenCL™, it’s hardware agnostic, so it runs on virtually any hardware, including virtually any combination of GPUs and CPUs.
  • Near linear rendering performance scaling when adding additional GPUs.
  • Render modes support global illumination, direct illumination (with/without shadow), wireframe, diffuse albedo, position, normal, texture coordinates, ambient occlusion.
  • AOVs for post processing including support for opacity, world coordinates, UVs, material index, geometric normals, shading normal, reflections, and diffuse lighting.
  • Control over frame completion and rendering -- pause, set render pass limits and duration.
  • Batch/background and region rendering support.
  • Displacement and Renderstamp support.



  • *NEW* Updated Uber Shader with more realistic defaults, enhanced subsurface scattering, diffuse backscattering, a simplified caustics option, and an improved clearcoat appearance.
  • *NEW* Ambient Occlusion node for enhanced procedural texture workflows.
  • Texture color space controls have been added -- set the color space to either sRGB or linear.
  • PBR shader material that closely matches Unreal® Engine’s PBR materials.
  • Shadow Catcher material for compositing objects to IBL (Image-Based Lighting) environments or backplate images.
  • Supports X-Rite’s Appearance Exchange Format (AxF™). Learn more here.
  • Supports conversion of V-Ray Materials to Radeon™ ProRender materials.
  • Physically correct materials and lighting allow you to make true design decisions with global illumination – including caustics.
  • Includes a library of high-quality materials, including an uber shader for those who prefer this approach.
  • Import/export Radeon™ ProRender materials, including those from Autodesk® Maya®.
  • Materials are simple to use and editable in the 3ds Max® Material Slate Editor.
  • UV generation and basic transform info for maps, which include scaling, offset, and rotations.
  • Change textures and apply tiling/scaling while rendering in ActiveShade.
  • Supports Corona materials.



  • Light Shader that creates realistic lighting, including area light shapes, color temperature, and texture maps.
  • IES lights support lets you use the exact scattering and fall-offs of real-world lighting.
  • Includes photometric lighting – supports IBL environments and a sun/sky system with time of day and location setting, control of sun/sky atmospherics, soft shadows, sky albedo and turbidity.
  • Emissive materials and textured emission to allow any geometry emit light.
  • Real world unit support (lumen/lux/candela/kelvin).
  • Supports HDRI environment mapping and lighting.
  • Supports 3ds Max® lights and tone mapping.
  • Portal light and backplate image support.
  • Ground plane shadows and reflections.



  • Manage/select different cameras which are rendered in interactive mode via ActiveShade.
  • Depth of field (DOF) and motion blur support.
  • Supports 3ds Max® camera presets.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) camera support.



  • *NEW* Supports 3ds Max® 2017, 3ds Max® 2018, and 3ds Max® 2019.
  • *NEW* Large scene export optimization.
  • glTF (GL Transmission Format) support for easy export of assets to other applications while preserving materials.
  • Viewport update including undo/redo tracking and smart caching.
  • Integrates into existing 3ds Max® workflows.
  • Batch/background rendering.
  • MaxScript support.

System Requirements


  • Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2017, Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2018, and Autodesk® 3ds Max® 2019
  • Microsoft Windows® 7, 8.1, 10 64-bit (AMD Radeon™ RX series, Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Fiji”) graphics, and R9 series)
  • Microsoft Windows® 7, 10 64-bit (AMD Radeon™ Pro WX series, Radeon™ Pro SSG, Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”), Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition, and AMD FirePro™ W series)
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 (non-AMD GPU)


  • Runs on both GPUs and CPUs. OpenCL™ 1.2 required for GPUs
  • AMD graphics cards are recommended
  • For non-AMD OpenCL™ 1.2 cards, Windows® 10 is required
  • Recommended Graphics Hardware:
    • AMD Radeon™ Pro WX series cards, Radeon™ Pro SSG graphics, Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”) graphics, Radeon™ Vega Frontier Edition cards, and AMD FirePro™ W9100, W8100, W7100 and S series cards
  • Compatible Graphics Hardware:
    • AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Fiji”) graphics, Radeon™ RX series cards, R9 Fury series cards, R9 Nano graphics, R9 300 series cards, R9 290X graphics, R9 290 graphics, R9 285 graphics, R9 280X graphics, R9 280 graphics


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