Was really excited for the 3.0 update... It just updated today and still no change here. What happened to the Optix option? My brand new RTX 3060 GPU is sad that it can't help.

Current version 3.0.0-2, running in Manjaro Linux. CPU: i5-11400 GPU: GeForce RTX 3060

Screen cap of preferences showing Cycles Render Devices

  • $\begingroup$ Very disappointed to find out it is all okay in Windows.... I really don't want to have to work in Windows... $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2021 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, I am not 100% sure but there was some issue between blender 3.0.0 and linux, I know that it is currently not supporting gpus with linux os but thankfully you will get issue resolved soon, did you try 3.1.0 if there is any chance? $\endgroup$
    – MikoCG
    Dec 17, 2021 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ There definitely seems to be a problem with the Linux version 3.0.0. I will take a look into it and see if I can get 3.1 installed. $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2021 at 8:03
  • $\begingroup$ And the 3.1 alpha developer version in the Arch repos looks good... Optix is an option again and it sees my GPU.... and it definitely renders at a good speed. How sketchy will it be to use this version as far as stability is concerned? $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2021 at 8:31
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks so much, Miko. I really appreciate your input. Although I have played around with Blender for many years, I only recently got serious about it. I will definitely put the effort into helping find anything I can. $\endgroup$ Dec 17, 2021 at 11:42

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You are using Manjaro just like me. The Problem is not the actual NVidia Driver but rather the compiled Manjaro version of Blender from the Manjaro repository. It seems to be a legal issue: Link to Arch Bugreport

The simplest solution is to download Blender from Blender.org (for Linux) and extract it in to a folder. You can then simply start Blender from there and it will have Optix enabled. It works fine on my machine.

  • $\begingroup$ Works as you said. Thanks so much for that info. $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2022 at 4:11

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