After Effects CS6 has a brand new raytraced 3D rendering engine built on NVIDIA OptiX technology. The engine lets you conjure up fantastic imagery that you would otherwise need expensive plug-ins or dedicated 3D applications to create, and on workstations with NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards it delivers GPU-accelerated previews and renders of extruded text, shapes and more at incredible speed.

The raytrace engine can be further accelerated by combining a Quadro board with an NVIDIA Tesla companion card to create an NVIDIA Maximus solution.

With Maximus, you’ll see stunningly accurate previews much more speedily – NVIDIA’s solutions enable you to create previews up to 27 times faster than even a 12-core workstation can if relying on its CPUs alone (see graph, bottom right).