K-Cycles is a highly optimized custom build of Cycles render engine and real-time viewport effects for Blender. It is fully compatible with Cycles and designed for Nvidia GPUs. With its automatic “K-Cycles Intelligence,” it is a breeze to use and needs virtually no ramp-up time. When you press the render button in K-Cycles, the intelligent processes analyze the current scene and settings to create a set of optimizations which create significant speed increases with little to no degradation in image quality.
Image Source: Daniel Bystedt
There are two outstanding features: Real-time effects in the viewport like BLOOM and Tone Mapping help bring your art to the next level with ease and immediate results. Plans for adding even more features to the K-Cycles engine. Now let’s find out what’s new and interested in this new render engine?
- K-Cycles Bloom is the only Cycles implementation of Bloom in the viewpoint.
- BETTER implementation of Bloom than the compositor, many more controls for manipulating your bloom PLUS more accurate bloom as well.
- EASY to use and works just like you would expect.
A feature that Eevee users have used and enjoyed is now available with K-Cycles. Dynamically interact with the scene in the viewport. Adjusting quickly the Bloom settings with fast performance in the preview render viewport. Creating beautiful Bloom effects in no time. The Bloom settings has all the options that are needed to design and easily create and customize your Bloom effect. K-Cycles has higher quality while Eevee blurs and loses the light definition. See below:
Eevee Bloom (Image Source: blenderartists.org)
K-Cycles Bloom (Image Source: blenderartists.org)
- K-Cycles Tone Mapping is the only Cycles Tone Mapping implementation in the viewport.
- Tone Mapping controls allow you to create a more dynamic scene or change the mood of the scene in no time.
- EASY to use and design to give great results without the need of Photoshop or compositor.
Dynamically interact with the scene in the viewport. Adjusting quickly the Tone Mapping settings with fast performance in the preview render viewport. Improve the visual quality or change the mood of your scene with Tone Mapping effects with speed and ease of use. The Tone Mapping settings have the most useful options that are needed for your image to stand out or have the final polish without the need of Photoshop or compositor right in the viewport. Let’s take a look at BMW scene adjusted to a cooler tone and and vivid colors with K-Cycles bloom with tone mapping:
Image Source: blenderartists.org
Consider the chart below where we compare K-Cycles to the regular version of Blender, and we’ve thrown in comparison to E-Cycles Pro RTX as well. Tests were done with the same render samples, noise pattern values and defaults. You’ll see K-Cycles up to 2x faster than Cycles.
Image Source: blenderartists.org
Look at the superb viewport render preview K-Cycles performance comparison done with a maximized viewport and Optix denoiser. Using the same viewport samples (500), noise pattern values and defaults.
Image Source: blenderartists.org
There are very few render farms that support K-Cycles rendering because it only delivers world-class performance and impeccable visuals when paired with the newest NVIDIA RTX – based hardware, which is very difficult for many farms who are offering the different lines (Tesla, GTX , etc) or different video cards (AMD). Besides, it is a totally new render engine and is not popular yet to find on render farms. However, we are proud that we support K-Cycles very well. iRender provides you a personal cloud computer with powerful hardware (100% performance – no virtualization). That means you can install any plugin or do render even from a laptop so long as you have a stable internet connection.
Although K-cycles works with both CPU and GPU, unfortunately, the CPU gains for K-Cycles are small compare to default Cycles. So I would not recommend using K-Cycles if your choice is CPU. Besides, we already found that K-Cycles has a very powerful performance with the RTX 3090 in the test above. Therefore, we offer a single card server of 1x RTX 3090 at a very affordable cost for customers who have frequent use needs. We highly recommend this option who Blender users working with small and medium projects.
We understand that lock speed has the biggest impact on CPU performance with K-Cycles. That’s the reason we offer Xeon W-2245 CPU Processor owning a high clock speed of 3.9 GHz- 4.7GHz and 512 GB SSD to specifically support single-threaded tasks. This package also comes with the latest NVIDIA RTX 3090 card recommended and a VRAM capacity up to 24GB.
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