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CineBench R20 benchmark now available, is 8x more demanding than CineBench R15

CineBench R20 benchmark now available, is 8x more demanding than CineBench R15 (Source: Maxon)
CineBench R20 benchmark now available, is 8x more demanding than CineBench R15 (Source: Maxon)
Maxon is doubling down on CPU benchmarking at the cost of GPU benchmarking. The mostly useless OpenGL test is gone for a more demanding CPU benchmark scene requiring SSE3, 4 GB of RAM, and Intel Embree ray-tracing support.

After 6 years of CineBench R15, Maxon finally has a proper CineBench R20 benchmark with new features and test standards more representative of modern processors. The free benchmark is now available for download via the Microsoft Windows Store or the Apple App Store.

A major difference between the CineBench R15 and CineBench R20 benchmarks is that the latter renders a much larger and more demanding scene requiring at least 4x the system RAM to run. Because the benchmark takes longer to complete, CineBench R20 should be better at differentiating the performances of different laptops equipped with the same CPU as any throttling would impact the final score more significantly.

As an example, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is equipped with the same Core i7-8550U CPU as the Lenovo Yoga C930. The CPU in the Huawei, however, throttles much sooner than on the Lenovo when subjected to very high processing loads. Since the CineBench R15 benchmark test finishes rather quickly, we would have to run the benchmark multiple times consecutively before throttling becomes apparent. The longer CineBench R20 benchmark means throttling would more likely occur during the first run without needing to rerun the test multiple times.

Another benefit of the more demanding test is its improved accuracy at benchmarking multi-core CPUs with over 12+ threads. Intel Xeon processors in particular can have over 20 physical cores and 40 simultaneous threads that the short CineBench R15 test was not designed to benchmark.

We'll be adding the CineBench R20 benchmark to our usual suite of tests soon.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-03- 9 (Update: 2019-03- 9)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.