Blender 4.1 Released With Faster Linux CPU Rendering & AMD RDNA3 APU Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 26 March 2024 at 12:38 PM EDT. 24 Comments
Blender 4.1 is officially out today as the newest version of this wildly popular, open-source and cross-platform 3D modeling software.

Blender 4.1 brings faster Linux CPU performance, GPU rendering enhancements with Cycles, and much more. Some of the highlights include:

- Open Image Denoise GPU acceleration for NVIDIA GPUs, Intel GPUs, and Apple Silicon.

- Linux CPU rendering performance is about 5% faster than with prior releases.

- AMD GPU rendering support for RDNA3 APUs.

- The viewport compositor now supports Vector Blur, Defocus, Cryptomatte, and Keying Screen nodes.

- Improvements to geometry nodes.

- The Blender Hydra support now handles rendering particle system hair, improved support for shader conversion to MaterialX, and exporting of large meshes is now parallelized.

- Blender 4.1 on Wayland now supports Input Method Editors.

Blender on Linux

Blender 4.1 can be downloaded from See the release notes for more details on the Blender 4.1 changes. Updated Blender benchmarks coming soon on Phoronix.
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