Best CPU & GPU Render Benchmarks

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Best CPU & GPU Render Benchmarks

There are many GPU and CPU Benchmarks out there.

CPU Render Benchmarks, GPU Render Benchmarks, Benchmarks for Gaming, Storage or Bandwidth are just some of them and benching your System can be quite addicting.

Especially in the World of building a Workstation for 3D, VFX and Animation, putting your CPU, GPU, and other components through a series of tests and comparing them to the performance of other Systems and configurations is so much fun, that sometimes you upgrade, tune or overclock your System, just to see those numbers rise.

Most importantly though, the benchmark should be able to simulate a real-world work environment, because this is what it’s all about: Figuring out what Hardware Components will get you the maximum speed for the type of work you do.

Depending on what you use your computer for, there are lots of different CPU and GPU Rendering Benchmarks, that will fit your needs in finding and comparing the optimum Hardware Components.

What are the CPU and GPU responsible for in 3D?

Before diving into what Benchmarks to use (I’ll get into that a bit later), let’s take a look at what components in your System are mainly responsible for what tasks. This way you will be able to identify what component is responsible for the type of work you do on a daily basis.

CPU, Important Component in (among others):

  • CPU-Rendering
  • Calculating Scene-States (Objects, Modifiers, Deformers and the like)
  • Simulation
  • Animation-Calculation (Rigs, Dynamics)

GPU, Important Component in (among others):

  • GPU-Rendering
  • Displaying Calculated Scene Contents (Viewport)
  • Displaying Polygons / Hi-Res sculpting (after they run through CPU-Calculations)

What makes a CPU and GPU strong in a 3D specific task?

Now that we know, what the CPUs and GPUs main tasks are, let’s take a look at what features these Hardware components must have to optimize these tasks.


  • CPU-Rendering: The more cores and higher the clocks, the better
  • Calculating Scene States: The Higher a single Core-Clock, the better (Think Turbo-Boost)
  • Simulation: The Higher a single Core-Clock, the better (Think Turbo-Boost) (unless you have lots of independent sims that can be calculated simultaneously)
  • Animation Calculations: The higher a single Core-Clock, the Better (again think Turbo-Boost)


  • GPU-Rendering: The more CUDA-Cores or OpenCL Cores, the better, the more VRAM the better, the higher the GPU and VRAM clock speed the better
  • Displaying Scene Contents / Displaying Polygons / Hi-Res sculpting: Usually a variety of OpenGL features, the higher the VRAM the better, the higher the Triangles/s the better

A common misconception, for example, is, that you need a faster GPU if the Viewport in your 3D-Application gets slow.

Even though the GPU is responsible for displaying Scene-Contents, most of the Time, the CPU, that first has to calculate deformers, modifiers, rigs and the like, before the GPU can display the resulting object/mesh, is responsible for slow viewport Speed.

Unless you display RAW Meshes without any type of Mesh-modifications, your CPU usually is the culprit in slow viewport speed.

Reasons for benchmarking your Hardware

For many of you, it will be fairly obvious, why you benchmark your System and specifically the Processor and Graphics Card since these are so important in a Digital Artist’s Day. But there are quite a few more reasons for benchmarking your hardware, that not everyone knows about:

Are your components running as fast as they should?

Probably the most obvious reason for benchmarking your CPU and GPU is, to compare your results with online Databases and see if your Hardware components reach the Speeds they are supposed to.

Possible problems when not reaching common speeds

If your hardware component does not reach the Speed other User’s are reaching, be sure you don’t have any background programs running while benchmarking, that will take away some performance. It is best to benchmark your System right after a clean install.
When benching your CPU and reaching scores that are too low, be sure your BIOS settings, such as Turbo-Boost, are correct and the CPU is not running too hot.

When benching your GPU and not reaching common scores, again be sure no other software is running in the background and your GPU driver is up-to-date. That said, though, sometimes reverting to an older Driver does the trick.

GPU Problems can also be:

  •  Too hot
  • not enough PCIe-Lanes (or wrongly configured)
  • the PCIe wrong slot
  • not enough power from the PSU.

Also be aware, that GPU performance doesn’t always scale linearly when using Multiple GPUs. Using 2 GPUs might give you 1.9 times the performance, 4 GPUs might only give you 3.5 times the performance, depending on the benchmark you are using. Check out this article about GPU-Hardware here for more in-depth information.

Octane does a fairly good job in scaling linearly, but redshift, for example, will give you less performance per card, the more cards you add.

GPU Benchmark Scaling in Octane


Planning on upgrading your PC? Bench it first!

Another great time to benchmark your Computer is when you are planning on buying new components or an entirely new PC.

You will only know if spending all that money is worth it if you know what performance improvement over your current Hardware you can expect.

CPU Render Benchmark Upgrade Performance

Image-Source: Cinebench

In most cases, the higher the price does not always mean a better Hardware component for your specific use case. Maybe you only need to upgrade a specific bottleneck that slows down your overall system performance and not get an entirely new PC.

If you have a certain amount of budget you are willing to spend, benchmarking your current system first, will give you the possibility to roughly calculate what you can expect when getting new components within your budget.

Want to tune your System to have it run the best it can?

Overclocking and tuning/optimizing your System can greatly improve performance. There is no way around knowing if your optimizations have any effect if you don’t have a benchmarking baseline of your System’s default performance.

Benchmarks are also great for testing your System’s stability after overclocking.

Utilizing online Renderfarms

With Internet Connections getting faster and faster, online Renderfarms are more popular than ever. Calculating the cost of a Scene you would like to render on a Farm usually requires knowing your own System’s speed to be able to extrapolate.

Here is a screenshot of the Cost Estimator on the Ranch Computing Renderfarm. Notice how you have to know your Cinebench Score to be able to calculate the cost of rendering your scene on the Renderfarm:

Best Benchmarks for Rendering - Cost Estimator


It is also great to know the scores of your own PCs, If you have many of them, to best distribute specific tasks that run optimally on the different systems. Benchmarking your PCs regularly also notifies you of any performance issues that might arise after some time, that otherwise might go unnoticed.

Best Benchmark for testing your CPU Performance

Ok, so here they are: The actual Benchmarks, that let you test your System and Hardware Components’ performance.

The most popular Benchmark for testing Multi-Core and Single-Core performance of your CPU, especially in the 3D-Rendering world, is Cinebench R15.

Best CPU Render Benchmark - Cinebench Overview

Image-Source: Cinebench

The Cinebench CPU Render Benchmark in itself is quite simple. It renders a pre-defined Scene on your CPU.

Since rendering Scenes on your CPU is something you (in the CG Industry) probably do quite often, this CPU benchmark comes very close to real-world applications and is based on the 3D-Software Cinema 4D.

Cinebench can both render the Scene on all Cores, for multi-Core performance, and on a single Core, to obtain single-Core performance results.

Be sure to check “Advanced Benchmark” in the Menu to be able to test your single-core CPU performance too.

CPU Render Benchmark Cinebench Advanced Settings

Image-Source: Cinebench

It also has an inbuilt GPU OpenGL performance benchmark, that is a fairly good indicator of your possible viewport performance. Note though, that this OpenGL benchmark can produce very inconsistent results in different CPU/GPU configurations. Cinebench runs on all major CPUs.

Just hit “Run” on any of the Benchmarking options, and the Benchmark will fire away!

Download the Cinebench R15 CPU Render Benchmark here.

Another great Benchmark for testing your CPU Render performance is the VRAY Benchmark. It is quite similar to Cinebench, as it renders a predefined Scene on your CPU (or GPU see below) and has an extensive online database to compare results in various configurations.

Download the Vray CPU Render Benchmark here.

Best Benchmark for benching your GPU

There are 3 very popular GPU render engines: Octane, Redshift, and VRAY-RT. All of these have GPU Render Benchmarks based on their engines. Octane and Redshift though only run on Nvidia GPU with CUDA-Cores.

Octane and VRAY GPU Benchmarks are easy to download, the Redshift Benchmark is currently only available for Customers.

GPU Render benchmark for rendering in Octane

Image-Source: Octanebench

The procedure is the same as in the Cinebench Benchmark. Hit “Run” to get your results.

Download the GPU Render Benchmark OctaneBench here and VRAY Bench here.

Benchmark Results

Here are some CPU Benchmark results for Cinebench Single and Multi with performance/price ratio:

CPU NameCoresGHzCinebench R15Price($)Performance/Dollar
AMD Ryzen 5 260063.4130711511.26
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X63.6137312610.89
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.7178316510.80
AMD Ryzen 7 270083.2152614510.52
AMD Threadripper 1920X123.5243124010.12
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.817112008.55
AMD Ryzen 5 360063.615811997.94
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X83.415402157.16
AMD Ryzen 7 170083.014262096.80
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X83.616132396.74
AMD Ryzen 5 160063.211471696.71
AMD Ryzen 5 140043.27871196.61
AMD Threadripper 2920X123.526044006.51
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.621163296.43
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.831684996.34
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X43.58031395.77
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X63.312502195.71
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.430625505.56
AMD Ryzen 3950X163.540707505.42
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.921663995.42
Intel i5 840062.89661795.39
Intel i7 870063.213892894.80
Intel i7 9700K83.615423604.28
AMD Threadripper 2970WX243.0432310254.21
Intel i9 9900K83.620775004.15
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.532107954.04
Intel i9 9940X143.331738293.82
Intel i7 8700K63.714283593.98
Intel i9 9980XE183.0379910493.62
Intel i7 7800X63.513333693.62
Intel i9 9960X163.132119293.45
Intel i9 9920X123.524387193.45
Intel i7 8086K63.713864253.26
Intel i7 7700K44.29963103.21
Intel i7 7740X44.39863292.99
Intel i5 9600K63.710683602.96
Intel i5 7600K43.87012392.93
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.0522417992.90
Intel i7 7820X83.617345992.89
Intel i7 7820X83.617345992.89
Intel i7 6800K63.410964192.61
Intel XEON E5-2620 v482.110964202.60
Intel i9 7900X103.321699992.17
Intel i7 6850K63.612355702.16
Intel i9 7920X122.9243812002.03
Intel i9 7940X143.1284914501.96
Intel i9 7960X162.8316117001.89
Intel i9 7980XE182.6345519001.81
Intel i7 6900K83.2156210491.48
Intel XEON E5-2650 v4122.2158912001.32
Intel i7 5960X83.0132410691.23
Intel i7 6950X103.0178816491.08
Intel XEON E5-2687W v4123.0186024440.76
Intel XEON E5-2699 v4222.2246045000.54
AMD Threadripper 3960X243.8593313994.24
AMD Threadripper 3970X323.7739819993.70
Intel i9 10980XE183.037999993.80
AMD Threadripper 3990X642.91044939902.61
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X163.445637995.71
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X123.736785496.69
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X83.826074495.80
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X63.719632996.56
CPU NameCoresGHzCinebench R15Price($)Performance/Dollar

Octanebench GPU results with performance/price ratio:

GPU NameVRAMOctaneBenchPrice $ MSRPPerformance/Dollar
RTX 206061703500.485
RTX 2060 Super82034200.483
RTX 207082105000.420
RTX 2070 Super82205500.400
GTX 1070 Ti81534500.340
GTX 107081334000.333
RTX 2080 Super82337200.323
GTX 1080 Ti112227000.317
GTX 10608943000.313
RTX 208082267990.282
GTX 108081485500.269
RTX 2080 Ti1130411990.253
TITAN XP1225013000.192
Titan V1239630000.132
RTX Titan2432627000.120
GTX TITAN Z1218929990.063
Quadro GP1001628470000.040
Quadro P60002413938490.036
GPU NameVRAMOctaneBenchPrice $ MSRPPerformance/Dollar

Extensive VRAY Benchmark List can be found here.

Need help benchmarking your CPU / GPU? What scores did you reach? Let us know in the comments!

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Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

Also check out our Forum for feedback from our Expert Community.


This is so helpful! I feel a little lucky with the computer I got a bit back for Daz/Iray bang for buck in that it is a Ryzen 5 2600 with a 6GB RTX 2060.

I am thinking of trying to upgrade because I have some commercial viability with a visual novel Daz/Iray game but not sure how to upgrade best. I run out of VRAM with only 6GB for some renders, so then my CPU is very slow to render. I guess I would like a combo of a stronger GPU to handle most scenes but with a strong CPU just in case I go over say 11GB with a 2080ti. Maybe a Threadripper 1920 to save a little or AMD 39 series better?

Alex Glawion

Hey Tess,
If you won’t get more than 2 GPUs in total for your system, then the 3rd gen ryzen series is superior for your needs than the first gen threadripper. The only reason to get the 1920x are the higher number of pcielanes to be able to drive up to 4 gpus at good speeds. If that’s not your goal, go with a 3700x/3900X or even the 3950X 🙂

2080Ti is a great pick that will perform nicely!



So how can you translate the results? Example: If the Cinebench Scores of a 3970x are 6x compared to my i7 6700k I can expect 6 times faster compiling or render speed if I upgrade?

Alex Glawion

Hey Christian,
Cinebench scores are linear, so yes the 3970x will render 6x as fast in _Cinema 4D_. If this translates the same to other tasks is not guaranteed though, as you will need to know how these other tasks, like compiling, uses the cpu and if all cores are being used.



Hi Alex! Thank god I found this page. I’m an interior designer, I mostly use sketchup & vray, autocad and photoshop. I’m about to buy asus zenbook with ryzen 7. But I want to know that zenbook with ryzen 7 would be better than vivobook i7 with graphic 2gb or hp pavillion i7 with graphic 4gb. Which one would be a better choice or do you have any laptop under 1000$ to recommend.
I’ll be waiting for your reply. Thank you.

Hi Jazlynn,

Thanks for asking!

It’s difficult to compare laptops with incomplete specs. For me to make a better recommendation, could you let me know what the full specs of the Asus Zenbook, Asus Vivobook, and HP Pavilion are? If you can include their respective prices as well, that’s even better!

For a budget of $1,000, the best laptop you can get for your use case is the [2019] Dell G5 5587. Below are its specs:

CPU Intel Core i7-8750H 2.20GHz 6-Core Processor
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
Memory(RAM) 16GB DDR4-2666
SSD 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
HDD 1TB Hard Disk Drive
Weight 2.4 kg (~5.28pounds)
Display 15.6″, 1920×1080

The [2019] Dell G5 5587 is priced a little above your budget because it’s currently available for $1,029.99 but for that price, you get a snappy i7-8750H CPU and 16GB of RAM working together to ensure that you get task responsiveness when you’re working actively inside the software. Also, the 6 cores of the i7-8750H CPU will be of help when you’re using VRAY since CPU rendering software love CPUs with high core counts.

For other options, you might also have to have a look at the site’s PC Builder Tool at This tool gives you the best recommendations based on your budget and use case so if you haven’t done so, please take a look at it!



3700x is better then 9900k ?

Alex Glawion

Hey Asaf,
The 3700X is about on par in single core speeds with the i9 9900k. The 3700X is 10% faster in multi-core workloads though, and the platform is more future proof currently. So I’d recommend going with the AMD 3700X if you plan on being able to upgrade your pc in the future.



Thank you so much


Hey Alex!

I’ve read a lot of articles but cant still decide between what laptop would work best for me. I am an architect and I use mostly CAD, SKP, Vray… I am between a Lenovo Legion y470 (with a RTX2080) or a Lenovo Thinkpad (with a T2000 or a P3200). I would really appreciate if you could give me some advice or recommendation..I’m looking for a well built machine, that’s why i like the thinkpads, but i dont know if I would be sacrificing GPU performance, because I can se the RTX 2080 tends to have better performance?

Thank you!


Alex Glawion

Hi Martina,

Thanks for dropping a comment!

Both the Lenovo Legion Y740 (with an RTX 2080 GPU) and the Lenovo Thinkpad (with a T2000 or a P3200 GPU) are excellent choices if you mostly use CAD, SKP, and VRAY. You are right though – the RTX 2080 tends to have better performance but Quadro GPUs have other things to offer.

In a nutshell, go for the Legion Y740 with its RTX 2080 GPU if you are only after performance and want the fastest possible experience. However, a Thinkpad with a Quadro GPU will be your best bet if you want a well-built machine and prefer stability and professional support (since many CAD application manufacturers offer good support if your hardware matches the hardware requirements and recommendations of the applications).

Know more about the best hardware for your use case scenario by clicking the links below: