Cinebench R15 Scores (Updated Results)

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Cinebench Scores are a great way to get an impression of how fast a CPU is in different types of workloads.

No matter if you are planning on building a Computer for 3D Rendering, Gaming, Streaming or would just like to see how different CPUs compare to each other, a clean Cinebench Scores list of the most current CPUs, frequently updated & neatly sortable, should put a smile on anyone’s face.

As the Cinebench Benchmark tests the Multi-Core Performance as well as the Performance of a single core (usually under Turbo-Boost), it is a great Benchmark for finding the best Processors for your needs.

That could be heavily Multi-Core optimized workloads, such as Rendering, or heavily Single-Core restricted workloads, such as Viewport-Updating as in Cinema 4D or (still) Gaming.

Cinebench Scores List

You will find two Score Types in this list:

  • Multi-Core-Score, tells you how fast the CPU will be in Multi-Core optimized tasks such as CPU Rendering
  • Single-Core Score is a good metric for snappiness and Program responsiveness, as well as specific tasks that make use of only a few cores
CPU Name# CoresGhzSingle ScoreMulti Score
CPU Name# CoresGHzSingle ScoreMulti Score
Intel i5 9400F62.9177987
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.01745224
Intel i5 8265U41.6171549
AMD Threadripper 2970X243.01704323
Intel i5 8300H42.3169795
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.81681711
AMD Threadripper 1920X123.51682431
Intel XEON W-212343.6167806
Intel i7 8550U41.8167564
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.41663062
AMD Ryzen 7 270083.21651526
AMD Ryzen 5 260063.41631307
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X63.31611250
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X83.61611613
Intel i7 8650U41.9175614
Intel i5 840062.8161966
Intel i7 6850K63.61561235
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G43.6156826
Intel i7 6900K83.21541562
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X43.5152803
Intel i7 6950X103.01471788
Intel i7 6800K63.41461096
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U42.3146701
AMD Ryzen 5 160063.21451147
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X83.41451540
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G43.5142576
AMD Epyc 7601322.21414068
AMD Epyc 7451242.31413277
Intel i5 8250U41.6157549
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U42.1139510
Intel i7 7820X83.61761734
AMD Threadripper 2920X123.51762604
Intel i7 9700K83.62121542
Intel i9 8950HK62.92111269
Intel i7 8700K63.72051428
Intel i5 9600K63.72001068
Intel i9 9980XE183.01993799
Intel i9 9900X103.51972274
Intel i7 7740X44.3196986
Intel i7 870063.21951420
Intel i9 9800X83.81941826
Intel i9 7900X103.31932169
Intel i7 7700K44.2191996
Intel XEON W-2155103.31912021
Intel i5 7600K43.8176701
Intel i9 7920X122.91882438
Intel XEON W-2195182.31872949
Intel i7 7800X63.51841333
Intel i9 7960X162.81843161
Intel i9 7980XE182.61843455
Intel i7 8850H62.61821023
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.71801783
Intel i7 8750H62.21801063
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.51793210
Intel i7 8565U41.8178564
Intel i5 8400H42.5178819
Intel i7 5960X83.01771324
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X63.61761373
Intel i9 7940X143.11882849
Intel i7 8086K63.72151386
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U42.2138662
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U42.1138620
Intel Xeon Platinum 8176282.11653873
Intel Xeon Platinum 8164262.01613720
Intel Xeon Platinum 8170262.11613596
Intel Xeon Platinum 8160242.11613444
Intel Xeon Gold 6148202.41613310
Intel Xeon Gold 6154183.01623210
Intel Xeon Gold 6150182.71613188
Intel Xeon Gold 6152222.11613157
Intel Xeon Gold 6138202.01613069
Intel Xeon Gold 6140182.31612785
Intel Xeon Silver 4116122.11311722
Intel Xeon Silver 4114102.21311439
Intel Xeon Platinum 8168242.71614002
Intel Xeon Silver 411082.11311148
Intel Xeon Silver 410881.81301014
Intel Xeon Silver 411242.6131665
Intel i9 9900KF83.62182081
Intel i7 9700KF83.62121542
Intel i5 9600KF63.72001068
Intel i5 950063.01821016
Intel i5 940062.9177987
Intel i5 9600T62.3159908
Intel i5 9500T62.2155811
Intel i5 9400T61.8150710
Intel i5 960063.11861042
Intel i5 9500F63.01821016
Intel Xeon Silver 4109T82.01311103
Intel XEON E5-2687W v4123.01381860
Intel Xeon Platinum 8180282.51654355
Intel i5 850063.0174934
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U22.6138344
AMD Athlon 300U22.6138344
AMD Ryzen 7 170083.01371426
Intel XEON W-210443.2137531
AMD Ryzen 5 140043.2134787
AMD Ryzen 3 2300U42.0134480
AMD Epyc 7401242.01323156
AMD Epyc 7401P242.01323156
AMD Epyc 7501322.01323912
AMD Epyc 7551P322.01323838
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U42.0130584
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U22.5129318
Intel i7 9750H62.61921233
Intel XEON E5-2650 v4122.21281589
AMD Epyc 725182.11281093
AMD Epyc 7351162.41282184
Intel XEON E5-2620 v482.11251096
AMD Athlon 200GE23.2125357
Intel XEON W-210242.9124485
Intel XEON E5-2699 v4222.21202460
AMD Epyc 7281162.21192033
AMD Epyc 7301162.21192033
Intel i9 9820X103.31772170
Intel i9 9990XE144.02213732
Intel i5 8600K63.61831040
Intel i5 860063.1178959
AMD Epyc 7351P162.41282184
Intel i9 9900K83.62182081

Download Cinebench R15 here

Go get Cinebench R15 Benchmark for your System, it’s free, and test-drive your CPU to be able to compare it with the ones in this list.

Also, It’s good to know if your CPU actually delivers what it is supposed to, or if you might be throttling it or running it sub-optimally.

Cinebench R15 download here

(Cinebench R20 download here)

How to read these Scores

Ok, some more Info about these Cinebench Results: Cinebench Scores are linear.

This means a CPU that scores 2000 Cinebench points will be twice as fast (in Cinema 4D Rendering) as a CPU that scores 1000 Cinebench points.

So far so good.

What is a good Cinebench Score?

All these Scores are difficult to grasp if you don’t put them into context.

I am asked what a good Cinebench Score actually is almost every day and as so often there is no definite answer. It depends on what the CPU you are benching is supposed to be able to do.

Are you mainly writing texts in Open Office? A Cinebench Score of 250 is good. For your specific use case!

Are you rendering a lot in 3D Software? In this case, a Cinebench Score would be good, if the CPU that is being benched renders fast enough for you to finish your projects on time.

Usually, a dedicated rendering PC should have upwards of 2000 Cinebench points. The more the better.

Are you mainly gaming on your Computer? Then you will have to look at the Cinebench Single-Core Score. For 4K 90FPS gaming you should have 170 Cinebench Single Core Points or higher.

In addition, you would need upwards of 4 Cores. That would mean you should have a Multi-Core Cinebench Score of 700 or more.

Cinebench does not scale well in the high-score (5000+) area

This wasn’t a problem when CPUs used to reach only around 1000 Cinebench Points but becomes a problem more and more nowadays, especially with the extreme high-core count CPUs such as the AMD Threadrippers or Server CPUs such as Dual / Quad / Octa Intel XEONs and AMD Epycs.

Because Cinebench divides the rendering task into buckets, there is a possibility that at the end of the benchmark run, there are only one or two buckets left that are actually rendering because these buckets might take a bit longer (maybe because the rendered Image is more complex in these buckets).

Of course, this means, that the rest of the cores lie dormant during this time, and this can distort the result extremely.

We can say the same about the startup time of the rendering task. It might take a half a second or a second to distribute all the rendering tasks to the cores, and considering that the entire benchmark-run only takes about 5 seconds on 64 Cores, half a second can make a huge difference.

This is also why you don’t see many Server-Grade CPUs with high-core counts being featured in Cinebench R15 Benchmarks.

Multi-Core vs Single-Core Cinebench R15 Scores

The Cinebench-Multi Score uses all available CPU-Cores for rendering. Cinebench-Single Scores will only use one CPU-Core for rendering.

Why would we need the single-core score?

One simple reason:

There are lots of Software-Parts in 3D-Softwares and Games that rely and can only be calculated on a single core, and won’t run faster if more Cores are available.

An example:

Think about simulating a Liquid. Every simulated frame depends on the previous frames.

You can’t tell 10 cores to simulate 10 frames, because you have to simulate all frames up until the frame you want to simulate, or else you don’t know what the liquid is doing or where it is at that particular frame.

This means, only one Core at a time can simulate a coherent liquid.

Here you will need a maximum Single-Core Cinebench Score.

There are ways around this of course, as in using multiple liquids that intersect each other and together look like a higher resolution liquid.

This then could be calculated on multiple CPU-Cores, every individual liquid part on another core.

Here you would want a maximum Multi-Core Cinebench Score.

Or take a Game-Engine:

As there is so much dependent on User interaction, the CPU has to wait until the User actually fires off a Bullet or opens a door to a new area, meaning the CPU can’t use its other cores to pre-calculate what you will be doing, because it can’t know what you will be doing.

Again, a high Single-Core Cinebench Score is of great use here.

High Single-Core Cinebench R15 Scores makes PC snappier

Another great example, why the Single-Core Cinebench Score is very important for CG Artists, is because the 3D Viewport in 3D Softwares such as Cinema 4D, Maya, 3dsmax, Blender and the like, is very dependent on the speed of a single CPU-Core.

As soon as you have a hierarchy of deformers and modifiers on a mesh, only one CPU-Core can calculate the form of this mesh.

The CPU Core has to step through the hierarchy of your deformers and modifiers until it reaches the end of the chain.

Cinebench Scores - Single Core Hierarchy

No other CPU-Cores can help in this matter, as only the one core that is calculating the mesh hierarchy knows how the mesh actually looks at a given hierarchy and calculates the form of a mesh that is being modified by deformers.

Multiple Cores are useful if you have multiple meshes that can be worked on independently by different CPU-Cores.

Here, depending on the Software, a high Multi-Core Cinebench Score will be of use.

The 3 steps in finding the CPU you need by looking at the Cinebench Scores

1. Value: Know your budget and see what CPU has the highest Cinebench Scores in this Price range
2. Multi-Core Cinebench Score: The higher the better. Good for CPU-Rendering, and tasks that are parallelizable. Good for when the Computer renders on its own, without you having to sit and watch it work.
3. Single-Core Cinebench Score: Higher is better. Best for Viewport Performance and interaction with the PC. This usually impacts your active working speed & snappiness on the PC the most.

Multi-Core to Single-Core Cinebench Score ratio

This is an interesting metric, as one would think the Multi-Core Cinebench Score should be exactly number-of-cores x the single-core Cinebench score.

Usually, though, the multi-Core Cinebench Score is somewhat lower than this since features such as Turbo-Boost play a large role when using only one core.

Turbo-Boost is when the CPU automatically clocks higher when using one core (or not all cores), as there is more headroom in terms of power draw and temperature.

So a single core could clock as high as 5 GHz but an all-core bench will run at only 4 GHz on all cores.

This is the main reason why the Multi and Single-Core Cinebench R15 Scores can’t be directly calculated.

AMD or INTEL

Intel has had a single-Core advantage for some time now, meaning if you are looking for a CPU, that you can actively work on as fast as possible, with the System reacting as snappy as possible, it is usually a good Idea to get an Intel CPU such as the i7 8700K or i7 8086K.

These CPUs will be amongst the highest Single-Core Cinebench Scores in the list.

Beware though, these two CPUs don’t have the best value in terms of multi-Core Performance and only have 16 PCIe-lanes, so rendering with lots of GPUs would require a different CPU for maximum speed.

AMD has recently introduced the RYZEN CPU Family, which has great multi-Core Value but doesn’t quite reach Intel in terms of Single-Core Speeds yet.

RYZEN and Threadripper CPUs are excellent for CPU Rendering and have the highest Multi-Core Cinebench Scores but have a slight Single-Core disadvantage, meaning they might not be as snappy in an active working environment.

Of course, we are talking HEDT here, this will only be noticeable in fairly complex use cases and 3D-Scenes.

Head over to “Best Computer for Cinema 4D” and “Best Hardware for GPU Rendering” for more in-depth insight into these highly interesting topics.

As there are so many different Processors available and being updated constantly, if I missed any that you are interested in, let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

Cinema 4D Benchmark

As Cinebench R15 is based on the Cinema 4D CPU Render Engine, it is, of course, a great way of benchmarking Cinema 4D on your Hardware, if this is a Software that you use or are planning on using.

Cinema 4D is very similarly structured like many other 3D-Software such as 3DS Max, Blender or Maya, as it relies heavily on similar workflows and Hardware usage.

Cinebench in itself is often used as a Benchmark for benching all kinds of 3D Render Software and therefore the go-to Benchmark in this field of work.

Cinebench interesting picks

Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting CPUs in the Cinebench Scores.

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX: This CPU is an absolute Multi-Core Monster. Scoring over 5000 Cinebench Points, it easily takes the Cinebench Score lead.

It has 32 Cores and 64 Threads a base clock of 3,2 GHz with an all core precision boost of 3,4 GHz and a precision boost overdrive on a single core up to 4,2 GHz.

This CPU is the top pick for Multi-Core optimized workloads, especially if it is utilized as a dedicated render node.

CPU Rendering, Encoding, anything that takes full advantage of extreme Core Counts. This highest Cinebench Score has a 1500 Point lead to Intel’s highest-scoring Cinebench CPU, the i9 7980XE which is even more expensive.

AMD Ryzen 2700X: With 8 Cores, 16 Threads and a precision boost of up to 4,3 GHz, this CPU is great for Gaming, good for Rendering and good for active Work in all kinds of Computer Graphics and 3D Softwares.

It trades blows with the i7 8700K, though is a lot cheaper and has a much higher performance per dollar ratio.

Intel i7 8700K & 8086K: The i7 8700K is an extremely popular gaming and high-core clock optimized CPU, great for active work in 3D Applications with excellent Viewport snappiness. Gaming workloads are usually unmatched by this i7 unlocked CPU.

The 8086K is an anniversary edition CPU is essentially a well binned, overclocked 8700k. Expect this one to become rather hot in demanding workloads.

Intel i9 7980XE: Intel’s currently leading Cinebench Score CPU has 18 Cores and 36 Threads that clock at only 2,6 GHz base and turbo boost up to 4,32GHz on select cores.

It is great for Multi-Core workloads, though at the moment would be the second pick compared to AMD Threadripper CPUs, that are unbeatable in terms of performance/dollar.

Where are Cinebench Scores Saved?

Depending on where you installed Cinebench (usually C:\Program Files\MAXON\) you will find a folder called \cb_ranking\ inside.

Inside this Folder there are multiple .txt Files, each one standing for a Score:

Cinebench Scores List, Saved Files

How to manually change, trick or fake Cinebench Scores

Faking Cinebench Scores is quite easy. Each Score is saved in an individual .txt File, which you can edit. Go to your Cinebench Installation Folder and open the subfolder \cb_scores\. Here you can open the .txt Scores File that you want to edit change as many Lines as you want. Some interesting Lines are the following:

  • CBCPU1=148.396024 <- Cinebench Single Score
  • CBCPUX=1096.371012 <- Cinebench Multi Score

Make the changes and save the file. The Next time you open Cinebench, the new Scores will be represented. I changed the Multi-Core Score of an i7-3930K CPU to 10096 points:

Changed Cinebench Scores

Why no Cinebench GPU Scores?

Cinebench R15 does have an OpenGL Benchmarking option. This Feature though unfortunately is so old, that the resulting scores are all over the place.

It was supposed to test the OpenGL capability of your Graphics Card, but almost any GPU nowadays is just too fast, making other components such as the CPU bottleneck and influence this Benchmark too much. In its newest Version, the Cinebench R20 Benchmark, Maxon has already removed this feature.

There is a new Viewport Performance Benchmark for Cinema 4D here, which does an excellent job at measuring the snappiness of your active work.

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Alex from CGDirector - 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!

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Comments

TypicalDude

Hey, so I use a Mac for my work. I have a Cinebench score of 913 cb. Above the avg score is listed at 1200+. Is this because it is a Mac? Or should that not effect my score. What else could be changing this?
Thanks!

Marty

I had built a custom machine, AMD 2990w plus two graphics cards and great mother board. But it’s not about those details, I have no idea how good bad, fast or slow in comparison my machine is. The score is consistent within 20 at 13860. I had it built for rendering, 32 cores an all. It does a great job. Yet I’m back to the question is 13860, special, ok, not bad or what? Can you quantify it in some way?

surfrdm

Hi,

2950x 4.2ghz or 9900k 5ghz/5.2ghz for 3ds Max modeling 100% and rendering 20% corona vray lumion.
revit, and Adobe app illustrator… .

ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha AMD X399 vs ASUS ROG Maximus XI Extreme Z390.

which power supplies choose 750/850/1000/1200 for overclocking and single GPU
thanks .

Elin

Hi Alex,

Currently my workstation currently is with Revit, 3dsmax , autocad Full version & photoshop. It’s quite heavy and slow. I would like to upgrade my pc that can afford me multi tasking my job.

Current set up is
Intel i7-7700 3.6GHz, 8 core
16 GB RAM
64-bit operating system

NVIDIA Quadro P2000

May I ask what kind of spec is suitable for my PC in order for me to work for my Revit file in the same time I can manage to do my renderings ( not high res )?

Thank you! 🙂

Dan Brooks

Could you include Ryzen APU’S

Mike

Alex,

Thanks so much for creating this site. You’ve really helped me out in my research. Your detail is unmatched and it’s fun to read your articles.

I have a question about my current set up and if you think it would be worth it to upgrade. I am using this machine for Cinema 4D work. Primarily texturing, lighting and animation work. Redshift mainly, some Arnold, and some X-Particles which seem to slow down the system the most in the viewport.

Here’s my current set up:
i7-5960x 3.0 8core (overclocked to 4.0 I believe)
ASrock Fatal1ty X99X Killer Motherboard
64Gb RAM DDR4-2133
(2) GForce GTX 1080Ti

Thanks

Mike

Dwa Sokoły

Hi Alex,
I’ve found your site very interesting according to good quality rendering benchmarks scores and lot’s of information. I’m also gathering some scores of Cinebench R15 and see something strange whith Intel XEON E5-2699 v4 (22c) Cinebench score – my founded scores are 150 (1T) and 3240 (MT) – there is about 30% more than your score – my numbers are also close to estimate calculate based on other Xeons scores..

Could you check these numbers for Xeon E5-2699? What kind of source of these scores you are? Of course I could be wrong also but this score looks suspiciously.

Best Regards,
Darek

Akshay

Hey Alex,
I’m planning to build a 3dsMax PC in India, I’m struck between Intel or AMD. Most of the people are suggesting Intel i5, however most of the online forums suggest AMD Ryzen.

My requirement is to use only 3dsMax with rendering for learning and a less of production work.

If you don’t mind, Could you please help me out by considering my budget for CPU is $250-$300.

CPU: ?
Graphic Card: ?
Motherboard: ?
RAM: ?

If possible you can recommend any specific products on my personal email.

Thanks in Advance

Gary Abrehart

On your Cinebench results you don’t have the OpenGL scores, any chance this could be added I find it very useful.