I just ran a few comparisons with 3.7.0-unofficial for Mac.
The first test, a pretty simple model, seemed to run significantly faster on
3.8.0. So I tried a quite complex model. At quality level 9 but a 320x180
output to keep run time reasonable, I see the following:
3.7.0: 5:52 total, 2727 seconds trace time (8 threads), 741770 rays
3.8.0: 4:42 total, 1829 seconds trace time (8 threads), 786430 rays
So 3.8.0 is doing a bit more work (more rays, and the detailed work listing also
show more intersection tests etc.) but it does it substantially faster.
Naturally, I don't mind, but I thought it was curious, there's nothing I saw in
the changes list that suggests this is expected. Could it just be a better
compiler? 3.7.0 mentions Compiler: gcc 4.2.1 Compatible Apple LLVM 6.0
(clang-600.0.54) -- the 3.8.0 message window omits that information.
There is no obvious difference in the generated output images.
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