GPU and CPU benchmark program from Maxon

See how the latest version of Maya measures up on current computer systems.

Jon Peddie

Maxon is releasing Cinebench 2024, an upgraded benchmarking tool, as part of its Cinema 4D DCC program enhancements. This version aims to offer precise hardware evaluation for artists and creators by embracing advanced technology. Notably, it reintroduces GPU benchmarking, integrates the Redshift rendering engine for consistent CPU and GPU testing, and supports a wide range of hardware configurations. The software features a unified scene for testing, a revamped user interface, and significant under-the-hood improvements, including an increased memory footprint and computational effort. However, comparisons with Cinebench R23 scores are not straightforward due to Redshift integration in Cinebench 2024. Cinebench 2024 is available for download, enhancing hardware evaluation accuracy.

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What do we think? Redshift is a GPU-accelerated renderer, used in contemporary high-end production rendering. The company originally offered a benchmark that prospective users of the Cinema 4D program could use to evaluate their hardware, to see if it could handle Cinema 4D, by using the renderer in the program. By using the powerful Redshift engine, a more realistic measurement can be made that will predict what a user can expect from their system if they use Cinema 4D.

Maxon has been announcing the release of several upgrades to its Cinema 4D DCC program during these past months. In rounding out these developments, the company has announced the release of its Cinebench 2024 benchmark. This new version of the respected benchmarking software, which has been used in computer performance evaluation for two decades, aims to provide artists, designers, and creators with a more precise representation of their hardware capabilities by embracing cutting-edge technology.

Cinebench 2024 reintroduces GPU benchmarking, a feature absent for the past decade

One notable change in Cinebench 2024 is the integration of the Redshift rendering engine, as Cinema 4D’s default rendering engine. Unlike its predecessors, which used Cinema 4D’s standard renderer, this version of Cinebench employs the same render algorithms for both CPU and GPU testing. This shift to the Redshift engine is meant to align performance testing with modern creative workflows, ensuring accuracy and consistency.

The software is designed to be compatible with a wider range of hardware configurations, supporting x86-64 architecture (Intel/AMD) on Windows and macOS, as well as Arm64 architecture for Apple silicon on macOS and Snapdragon compute silicon on Windows. It also supports Nvidia, AMD, and Apple graphics processors for Redshift GPU performance evaluation.

Cinebench 2024 uses a consistent scene file for both CPU and GPU testing. The software also introduced a revamped user interface to enhance the user experience and showcase the capabilities of the Redshift render engine.

Under-the-hood enhancements include a threefold increase in memory footprint compared to Cinebench R23 and a sixfold rise in computational effort. These improvements cater to the memory-intensive demands of modern projects and reflect the complexity of contemporary creative work.

Cinebench 2024 is available for download now.

It’s important to note that Cinebench 2024 scores cannot be directly compared to those of its predecessor, Cinebench R23, due to the incorporation of Redshift and other changes resulting in a more enhanced and accurate evaluation of modern hardware capabilities.

On the GPU front, Maxon’s selection of comparative results is somewhat peculiar, as it lacks data for current-generation models from Nvidia and AMD. A list of system requirements and supported cards is listed here.

Redshift is a GPU-accelerated renderer, used in contemporary high-end production rendering.