The best rendering software in June 2024

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The best rendering software

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1. Best overall: VRay
2. Best for speed: Arnold
3. For beginners: OctaneRender
4. Best for VR: KeyShot
5. Best for ArchViz: Chaos Corona
6. Best GPU rendering: Redshift
7. Best for value: Iray
8. For animation: RenderMan
How we test

Choosing from some of the best rendering software available now can be more complex than you'd image; the 3D art industry has an amazing range of different renderers that are the pick of 3D artists. Some of these have been in development for decades and others are new and trying to break into the mainstream. There is a mix of built-in renderers contained within specific pieces of software and then there are standalone options. 

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Paul Hatton

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine. 

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