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Cinema 4D Viewport Performance Benchmark & Scores (Updated Results)

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Our Cinema 4D Viewport Performance Benchmark measures how snappy and smooth your Active Work inside your 3D Software will be.

While this Benchmark uses Maxon’s Cinema 4D for measuring performance, these Scores are helpful for Users of other 3D Software as well, as they all utilize the Hardware in very similar ways.

In Cinema 4D, and most 3D-Software, the Processor is responsible for a smooth Viewport experience and is rarely bottlenecked by the Graphics Card.

More on this below, but first let’s take a look at the Scores:

Cinema 4D Viewport Performance Benchmark Scores

CPU Name# CoresBase ClockTurbo ClockViewport Benchmark Score
CPU Name# CoresBase ClockTurbo ClockScore
Intel i7 7700K43.74.71049
Intel i9 9960X163.14.51045
Intel i7 5930K64.5 OC4.5 OC962
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.54.4955
Intel i5 6600K44.0 OC4.0 OC922
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.84.0879
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.44.0750
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2 (DP)122.12.6451
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v343.43.8409
Intel i7 4578U23.03.5337

OC = Overclocked | DP = Dual Processor (2x CPUs)

Download Cinema 4D Viewport Benchmark

Help us extend the Scores-List and Bench your own Hardware. Download the Benchmark here and comment with your Score:


How to use the Benchmark

Open the downloaded Scene in any Version of Cinema 4D that you have installed (Tested on R17 – R20).

Select the Null-Object in the Object Manager (you might also have to click “User-Data”) and click “Run Benchmark”.

Cinema 4D Viewport Benchmark

After a few moments (depending on the performance of your machine) you will see a popup-window displaying your score.

Cinema 4D Viewport Benchmark

That’s it! Let us know your Score and CPU-Name (and Clock-Speed, if it has been overclocked) in the Comments, so we can add it to the Score-List. Thanks!

How does this Benchmark work?

In most of our Articles we talk about there being two general kinds of CPUs:

  • 1: A CPU with a lot of Cores but usually lower Core-Clocks (e.g. 32-Core 2990WX @ 3 GHz Base, 4,2Ghz Turbo Clock)
  • 2: A CPU with usually less Cores but Clocking very high (e.g. Intel 8-Core i9 9900K @ 3,6Ghz Base, 5 GHz Turbo Clock)

For Rendering and other Multi-Processing optimized tasks we need a CPU with many Cores but for active work we need a CPU that Clocks very high (or has high IPC = Instructions per Cycle).

Now, usually, we use the Cinebench Single-Core Score to estimate how smoothly a CPU would perform when actively working in 3D Applications, but this Score is obtained by benching the Rendering Performance and doesn’t represent active work- and Viewport-Performance well.

So we need a new Benchmark.

A Viewport Performance Benchmark. With this we can measure how fast our 3D Viewport will be, as we want to work with as little delays as possible.

No delays at all, optimally.

As discussed in many of our Articles, the Viewport performance in most cases depends on the IPC or Clock of the CPU, and not the strength of the Graphics Card.

There are, of course, some cases, when the GPU will bottleneck the performance, but those are very rare and usually only occur when using GPU OpenGL Effects like extreme Anti-Aliasing, SSAO, Real-time Shadows or other Viewport Effects (Which, in my experience as a 3D Artist, are usually turned off). Or when having a comparably underpowered GPU.

In this Cinema 4D Viewport Benchmark, we measure the FPS of a typical Scene that uses common 3D Objects from Cinema 4D Objects in a hierarchy.

Cinema 4D Viewport Benchmark Hierarchy

This hierarchy the CPU has to step through one at a time, without being able to offload Calculations to other Cores.

These metrics can very well be transferred to other 3D Applications too, as they all use the Computer’s resources in very similar ways.


That’s about it! Let us know your Score and CPU-Name (and Clock-Speed, if it has been overclocked) in the Comments, so we can add it to the Scores-List. Thanks! 🙂

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Alex from CGDirector - post author

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

I have 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!



Hi, my score is 962 on I7 5930K @4.5Ghz


Hi Alex,
My score is 350 on Intel Xeon E3-1240 v3.