Blender 2.90 Release With Intel Embree, NVIDIA OptiX and More

Blender 2.90 Release

Blender 2.90 release has been announced for general availability. This release comes out as a huge feature update with several bug fixes and improvements.

Blender 2.90 is part of the shorter release cycle track which focuses on cutting edge improvements over previous versions. For those interested stability over time which is usually those involved in major long term projects then there is the Long Term Support (LTS) version option. The current LTS release as of this writing is Blender 2.83 LTS.

Highlights of the Blender 2.90 Release

Blender 2.90 release now uses Intel Embree for ray-tracing on CPUs, offering better performance especially on scenes with motion blur as well as those with high geometric complexity.

Interactive use of Intel OpenImageDenoise is now supported in the 3D viewport in addition to its use in final renders.

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NVIDIA OptiX support is now available on all NVIDIA GPUs from Maxwell and newer that includes the GeForce 700, 800, 900, 1000 series. NVLink support for CUDA and OptiX is also now available.

Motion blur in EEVEE has been completely rewritten from scratch. This brings added support for mesh deformation, hair, and sub-frame accumulation for better precision.

There are significant improvements in the pose brush with two new deformation modes added bringing scale/translate, squash, and stretch into the feature-set.

For these and more we highly recommend that you check out the comprehensive release notes found here.

Meanwhile, you can download the latest Blender release for your preferred platform from the official download page here.