Maxon’s common Cinebench CPU benchmarking program simply obtained a long-overdue replace to deliver it as much as parity with trendy PCs. We’ve already tried it, on two of essentially the most highly effective CPUs you should purchase right this moment, and have outcomes to share, together with some historic context and suggestions for utilizing it with your individual CPU. 

Slightly Cinebench historical past

The free Cinebench R20 app is meant to switch Cinebench R15, which first noticed service in 2013. To provide you with an concept of how far we’ve are available in , the top-end desktop CPU in 2013 was a quad-core, 4th-gen Haswell Core i7, whereas an enthusiast-level chip was a six-core Third-gen Ivy Bridge-E Core i7.

Today, Intel’s top-cat shopper CPU is the Core i9-9980XE (available on Amazon) with 18 cores. And though probably not meant for customers with out the checking account of Bill Gates, the corporate additionally simply pushed a 28-core Xeon W-3175X.

AMD, in the meantime, is making 8-core CPUs rain and gives a 32-core Threadripper 2990WX for high-end customers at a crazy-reasonable worth.


Maxon’s new Cinebench R20 working via its paces on a 28-core Xeon W-3175X.

To hold Cinebench R20 extra related, the corporate has elevated the workload complexity, elevated reminiscence use, and adopted the most recent rendering engine from the product it’s primarily based on: Cinema 4D R20. The engine itself options help for Intel’s Embree raytracing technology, which has additionally been adopted by Valve, AutoDesk, UbiSoft, V-ray, Blender, and Corona, amongst others. Under the hood, the R20 engine helps AVX, AVX2, and AVX512 instruction units. Because we are able to by no means have sufficient, the benchmark now helps as much as 256 render threads.

Benchmark politics

Maxon’s Cinebench refresh arrives with some historic baggage. At one level, earlier variations of Cinebench had been tainted by accusations that it hobbled AMD efficiency through the use of the Intel compiler, which favored Intel’s CPUs over AMD’s. Maxon, nonetheless, denied this and told PCWorld in 2017 that regardless of what the FTC maintained, it didn’t use the notorious “CPU ID” choices that favored Intel chips.

It’s all water underneath the bridge now, as AMD itself used Cinebench R15 to show simply how briskly its Ryzen CPUs had been. Maxon claims all is peace and concord. “Maxon also works very closely with Intel and AMD to test Cinebench on not only the most recent CPUs but the next generation as well. This allows Maxon and Cinema 4D to stay on the cutting edge and deliver the performance required to satisfy the top production companies,” Maxon officers instructed us.

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Cinebench R20 will solely be accessible within the retailer

Windows Store solely

One factor that’s sure to boost some blood strain is how one can—and may’t—get Cinebench. Previously, anybody may obtain Cinebench R15 and set up it as a standalone Win32 app. With Cinebench R20, the free benchmark can solely be downloaded straight via the Windows Store. (Cinebench R15 remained unchanged for years, with the one replace coming after Apple broke the installer on MacOS.)

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