Is there a way to turn on GPU rendering without an installed CUDA driver and without a CUDA enabled graphic card?

I want to send the blend file on my render farm, all the slaves have NVidia CUDA cards, but I don't want to turn on my big computer just to set the blend file to GPU compute and then send it into my farm.

I'm modelling on my Surface Pro 3 [windows 8, i5-processor] on the go [works fine by the way :3], and when I am home I dispatch the jobs to the far, but this way they only work with the GPU when I turn on my greater Computer to change it there.

There doesn't have to be a way, but it would be nice if there were.

  • $\begingroup$ This could probably help. $\endgroup$
    – TobiMarg
    Jan 9, 2015 at 17:20

1 Answer 1


One way you could do it is to run this in a command line (or put it in a batch file). It enables Blender OpenCL test.

"C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender\blender.exe"

Then, in Blender's settings, head over to the "System" tab, and enable OpenCL.

OpenCL in settings

Reference: http://www.blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?302079-Blender-Cycles-AMD-Opencl-It-s-possible-working-now

  • $\begingroup$ Not sure but i think the experimental feature render option also enables OpenCL GPU rendering. $\endgroup$
    – Bithur
    Feb 24, 2015 at 14:14

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