Hybrid Rendering

Hybrid Rendering

On our previous posts, we explained what rendering all about and for users on RenderBoost the types of render engines.

Render engines are divided into two principal categories, a CPU and GPU render engine. Aside these two categories, there is a third category known as a hybrid render engine. The name Hybrid is derived from the ability of a render engine to utilize both CPU and GPU power at the same time.

The most notable hybrid render engine for now is the V-ray 3.6 which was just released. So, in this post we will be looking at this newly launched hybrid render engine.

With the new hybrid rendering technology, the NVIDIA CUDA power GPU render has gotten an additional CPU support. This means, artists can enjoy the advantages of rendering with a GPU, CPU, or both at the same time.

Irrespective of the hardware used, the render images will all look the same. But at the same time, this gesture allows artists to make use of computing power from both high-performance GPU PCs as well as CPU render nodes.

Its capabilities do not end there, the creators of V-ray have also released an NVIDIA’s NV Link to assist artists in simultaneously managing GPU and CPU rendering when working on a render farm.



The NVIDIA’s NV Link is a technology that allows the distribution of GPU memory across all card as well as build a connected base of RAM power. This is one of the main reason, the NVLink has been a nice feature that have been added to the list of V-ray supported hardware.

Even though there is only one card that runs the NV Link known as the GP100, NVIDIA has promised that there will be other cards capable of running NVLink soon.

The hybrid render system has brought with it exciting ideas as well as great flexibility. Using the CPU and GPU power to render simultaneously (especially when rendering heavy scenes), will give artists a great deal of advantages and tolerance.  In a render farm, the use of the NVLink technology and its ability to allow you use the CUDA’s GPUs core power as well as its CPU power to render will greatly boost the rendering time.


Without doubt, and in less than no time, we will be witnessing a series of other powerful hybrid render engines that will go a long way to change the rendering industry especially within the animation sector.

To conclude, V-ray is a robust render engine with a strong foundation in the CG industry and this is guarantee that eventually, the 3.6th version will be able to run on many other software. Till then, we will have to wait to see user’s feedback as well as new versions of other software.

At RenderBoost we support the latest version of V-ray render engine irrespective of which platform you are creating on, and we are ready and capable to provide you with seamless GPU rendering services.

To view the list of all the render software we support as well as other important updates, go to the link below.


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