E-Cycles - 2x faster, 100% compatible with Cycles

sorry, i don’t know. i didn’t want to try 2.8 until it’s a proper stable release, but mathieu’s posts seduced me into trying E-Cycles cos i’m rendering an animation and i wanted the extra speed. no doubt some other users will be posting comparisons in due course.

Do you think you could include the Scrambling Distance/Dithered Sobol patches here in the next 2.8 build?

EDIT: just pulled the trigger on the course and see at least a Dithered Sobol build is included!

I’m working on dithered sobol. Together they do indeed bring some substantial speedup in some cases, but also break scene lightning in other. So I work hard to make it all work nicely. The goal of E-Cycles is not only to make rendering faster, but also to reduce the number of human decision as it saves a lot of money for professional, sometime even more than saved GPU time.

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Yes dithered sobol and other more experimental things are in the course indeed. E-Cycles however only has the stable additions. The rest will be added over time when it’s stable enough.

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I was a little skeptical of this thread at first but frankly the proof is in the pudding.

I’m having a hard time understanding why the BF would reject these speedups if they are that significantly faster than current Master.

I personally don’t need this myself (EEVEE is good enough for me), but I commend @bliblubli for the hard work and dedication and putting up with OSS evangelists who think everything should be free no matter the cost.


Thank you for all your hard work dude. You’re teaching me everything that I need to know in the easiest way possible way to understand over in your Blender course and it is really fun. The Cycles speedup stuff is awesome and pretty damn cool that you taught us to do it ourselves. :slight_smile:

I don’t know how to code for spit but after watching the first weeks course I was building my own Blender in a few minutes. Now anytime I get an idea, I can quickly go code it and run a build.

It is awesome and amazing to see your own code in the Blender ui then have it actually work. That is a great feeling.

You’ve done an amazing thing here so just keep your cool when someone asks a question… it is just a question and nothing more. :slight_smile:


I also don’t understand why Blender devs would refuse to integrate such a speed up… I mean c’mon what’s the possible reason ? You don’t spit on 50 to 400% speed ups…

(I really want to try it out with my 2080ti but I’ll wait for RT cores enables for cycles to show up before making any decision about E-Cycles)

Also why they never found a way to make better incorporation of plugin inside of blender instead of creating each time a own build… this feels astonishingly wrong… ? No ?

The speedup E-Cycles brings is certainly as much as what the RT cores would bring and it helps everyone, even with old generations. Is 10€ that much when you buy an RTX 2080Ti at 1200€ ?

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For Sure. i will give it a try just for benchmarking!
is a E-cycles + RT-cores possible ?

Also just by curiosity : what would be your reaction if suddenly the devs want to integrate your speed up in the current build ?

E-Cycles + RT is possible indeed.
For the integration, it’s the long term goal anyway. For the “suddenly”, I’ll see if it happens.

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The new weekly build is up. Performance should be a bit better with denoising.

You still have a week to get 12% off. People buying now will benefit from the reduction for the following months too, even for a full year and will benefit from the upcoming feature update next week :slight_smile:

Will there be a version for Mac?

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2 users asked for it until now, so the chance are growing slowly, but I would have to buy a mac for that, so I need a minimum of 4 people for a full year to get at least 0$ if I take the cheapest imac available. Do you use CUDA on Mac?

Unfortunately I recently sold Mac Mini for about $100. We could make a deal :slight_smile:
Yes I use CUDA on Mac (still on High Sierra - damn you Apple!).

Oh, that’s sad indeed :smiley: Will try to find one for this price, but it’s hard.

If you want to use CUDA on macOS, you’ll have to use old hardware anyway. Typically, Macs can’t run with older versions of macOS, so any new Mac you buy today will run only macOS Mojave, for which there are no CUDA drivers.


Thanks for the advice :slight_smile:

I’m finalizing the feature update for February. Less noise and even faster render are coming :slight_smile: Still 5 days to get 2.8x (monthly or annual) and 2.7x at the reduced price.

If your are interest in learning and understanding what E-Cycles is doing too improve performance in Cycles and build your own Blender version of E-Cycles.

Here is my review of bliblubli course see attach link Create your own Blender.

And if you want to both learn the code and have builds support, you take the course and get E-Cycles for half the price, just PM me :slight_smile: