- Corona is entirely CPU-based (with optional GPU AI denoising which requires a compatible GPU)
- Offers unbiased and biased rendering
The two commercially available plugins work with 3ds Max and Cinema 4D
Corona requires a CPU that supports the SSE 4.1 instruction set.
Only very old CPUs don't support it. Here is a list of compatible CPUs.
To use our optional preview denoisers during interactive rendering, you need:
- For the NVIDIA GPU AI denoiser: an NVIDIA GPU with Maxwell or newer architecture and the newest GPU driver. Not all mobile GPUs are supported.
For the Intel GPU AI denoiser: an NVIDIA GPU with Volta, Turing, Ampere, Ada Lovelace, Hopper, or newer architecture.
Note: these denoisers are optional, and Corona works fine even if they are not installed. We also offer a High Quality denoiser, which utilizes purely the CPU, and this denoiser can be used on any computer which can run Corona.
There are no other hardware requirements.
3ds Max version
- Autodesk 3ds Max version 2016 or newer
- 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10 or newer
- Installation requires administrator privileges
Distributed rendering also requires Autodesk Backburner, available for free from Autodesk
Cinema 4D version
- MAXON Cinema 4D R17 or newer
- 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10 or newer, or macOS 10.14 or newer
Installation requires administrator privileges
- To ensure smooth operation and best performance for interactive denoisers (NVIDIA OptiX and Intel OIDN), please make sure you are using the newest driver available for your graphics card. The drivers can be downloaded from nvidia.com.
What hardware do you recommend?
Corona is a CPU-only renderer, so the more powerful CPU you use, the faster renders you get. You can compare the performance of various CPU models here: https://benchmark.chaos.com/corona/v10/scores
Another well-known website with various CPU benchmarks is https://www.cpubenchmark.net/
The above benchmark scores are proportional to the rendering performance in Corona, so you can define your budget and pick a CPU with the highest score within that budget.
You will also need a decent graphics card, however, it's only needed for good viewport performance in your host software (3ds Max or Cinema 4D). Rendering in Corona is purely CPU-based.
You will also need as much RAM as possible. Nowadays, 32 GB is the bare minimum and 64 is the standard. If you can get even more, you will be able to render even more complex scenes without running into memory issues.
We do not really have any recommended hardware manufacturers or partners. You are however welcome to post on our forum, where our users can suggest you specific hardware manufacturers and models: Hardware Forum Section