MinGW build on blender.org

Not really sure where this question should be posted, so please feel free to move if appropriate.

I went to the blender.org site to download the newest development build and saw two options for 64 bit windows. They were:

-MinGW 64 bit (Experimental)

-Windows 64 bit

What is this MinGW build?

I believe the miniGW builds use a different compiler (i think thats what its called) this allows for faster performance and can cut render times by a fair margin. It is however unstable and can crash.

MinGW is the name of the compiler. It’s basically gcc, ported to Windows.

The normal Windows builds use the MSVC compiler.

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Hey thanks for the quick reply! I’ll probably just stick to the normal 64 bit build to be on the safe side, but I was just curious. Thanks again