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Since the light rendering is not the same depending on whether we use Cycles or Eevee, I would like to easily compare this difference on a small scene.

Is it possible to display simultaneously Eevee and Cycles rendering in two different windows instead of having to constantly switch the render engine?

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  • $\begingroup$ If by "different windows" you mean a second Blender instance, then yes, this should be possible (depending on the specs of your hardware). You can also open the same scene on two different Computers. You still have to reload the file manually in the second instance after editing and saving it in the first instance. $\endgroup$ – metaphor_set Jan 21 '19 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ I meant in two different areas in one Blender Window. I can indeed use a second Blender instance, but I was wondering if it's possible in a single window. $\endgroup$ – MBr Jan 21 '19 at 13:09
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No, there is no such functionality in Blender 2.80. Only one rendering engine can be selected at a time in one instance of Blender. It might not be very practical to attempt running two render engines on the same hardware at the same time in 3d Viewports. If you wanted to view the render previews side by side I think the easiest solution would be to make screenshots of the viewport. You could look into some software that may make the process easier.

I could recommend looking into this nice free program called PureRef - I use it myself and it works perfectly for this when the interior designers I work with want to compare variations of some designs side by side in real-time. It makes it extremely simple to make a screenshot and paste it right on top of the screen and then crop it with it's shortcuts (c + left click) and keep it there for a while while working.

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