V-Ray 6 review: Photorealistic ray-traced rendering at its best

With a couple of decades' experience, our pro 3D artist takes the latest V-Ray renderer for a spin.

Chaos V-Ray 6
(Image: © Chaos)

Our Verdict

V-Ray 6 is a great release that includes a range of substantial improvements. Chaos Scatter delivers a blow to ForestPack Pro as many artists who are already subscribed to V-Ray can drop their ForestPack subscription. Chaos Cloud makes it infinitely easier for artists to push their rendering to the cloud and speeds up the delivery of projects. This release means V-Ray continues to dominate the market with its powerful tools and wide appeal.

For

  • Built-in scattering tools
  • Integrated distributed rendering
  • Realistic cloud generation

Against

  • Chaos integrations that need strengthening
  • Subscription-based pricing

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V-Ray 6 system requirements

OS: Microsoft® Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system
Processor:
Intel 641, AMD64 or compatible processor with SSE4.2 support
Min. memory: 8 GB RAM, recommended 64 GB RAM
GPU: NVIDIA CUDA and NVIDIA RTX with minimum required compute capability 5.22
GPU memory: 2GB VRAM

Chaos V-Ray is a 3D rendering plugin available for all major 3D design and CAD programs. It works seamlessly with a wide range of applications including 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, Nuke, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, and Unreal. 

The Verdict
4.25

out of 10

Chaos V-Ray 6

V-Ray 6 is a great release that includes a range of substantial improvements. Chaos Scatter delivers a blow to ForestPack Pro as many artists who are already subscribed to V-Ray can drop their ForestPack subscription. Chaos Cloud makes it infinitely easier for artists to push their rendering to the cloud and speeds up the delivery of projects. This release means V-Ray continues to dominate the market with its powerful tools and wide appeal.

Paul Hatton
Writer

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.