E-Cycles is the fastest photorealistic renderer for Blender. You can get up to 2.5x faster path tracing out of the box. E-Cycles is as easy to install as unpacking a zip and is 100% compatible with Blender/Cycles. Get it now and save both money and a huge amount of time. Using the fast profile, the RTX version is even up to 4.7x faster than the OptiX version of Cycles!
E-Cycles is extremely fast and flexible
Path tracing gives very good results but is often slow, has a lot of settings and requires expensive hardware. Render farms require long uploads and downloads, are limited to some Blender versions and are expensive in the long term. Real-time renderers are fast but have a limited quality level regarding lightning and complexity, they also require a lot of manual tricks, which brake when the scene is changed, sometimes even with a simple camera move. They also require to tweak the scene when coming from Cycles.
E-Cycles is fast, stable and simple to use. Out of the box, it’s most of the time like doubling your GPU power. So if you have a GTX 1070, you get 260€ worth of GPU power, with a 2080Ti, above 1000€ worth of GPU power. By selecting a render preset, and using the new AI denoiser, you can even get much more with only 3 clicks.
E-Cycles is very fast and flexible. In a few clicks, you can switch from Eevee quality level (while being often faster than Eevee) to very realistic rendering. Perfect to adapt to your client’s needs with a single solution.
Which version is best for me?
The standard version of E-Cycles works on any CUDA capable card supported by Blender. It’s about 2x faster and offers the full feature of Blender CUDA with adaptive sampling and dithered sobol on top. It’s the recommended version if you have GTX cards only or if you need features available only with CUDA in all your projects.
The RTX version includes the standard version, plus a very fast version specifically made for RTX cards to take advantage of NVidia’s hardware acceleration. It uses OptiX and as such also has the same limitations (see “E-Cycles RTX known limitations at the bottom). As the normal version of E-Cylces with full feature set is included, you have the best tool for every project. It’s the recommended version if you have RTX cards.
The 2019 version offers stable versions based on Blender 2.80 (CUDA) and 2.81a (CUDA and OptiX) builds as well as alphas of 2.82. The 2020 version is faster and based on 2.82 (currently in beta) to start. It will offer updates for whole 2020 with stable 2.82, 2.83 and 2.84 if those comes out in 2020, plus weekly builds based on master. First tests of E-Cycles RTX 2020 show up to 4x faster rendering.
The Nebulae version is up to 16x faster out of the box, but only works to render Nebulae. Especially usefull if you took part to Gleb Alexandrov’s space VFX tutorial or bought the Nebulae Generator. This version will only be updated for stable releases of Blender.