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

CG Director Author Alex Glawionby Alex Glawion   /  Updated 

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

While this Benchmark uses Maxon’s Cinema 4D for measuring performance, these Scores can be applied to 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

= AMD   |    = Intel

CPU Name# CoresBase
Viewport Benchmark Score
Apple M2 Max123.53.52023.1.31793
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X164.55.7 (PBO)2023.1.31736
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X164.55.7R201694
Apple M183.23.22023.1.31643
Intel Core i9 11900K83.55.3R211587
Intel Core i5 11600K63.94.9R211494
Intel Core i9 11900K83.55.3S241479
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X163.44.9R211382
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X123.74.8R211378
Intel Core i5 11600K63.94.9S241377
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X63.74.6R211373
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D83.44.5R251364
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X83.84.7R211354
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X163.44.9R201286
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X123.74.8R231280
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X123.74.8R201277
Intel Core i9 10900K103.75.3R201153
Intel Core i9 9900K83.65.0R211125
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.64.4R211113
Intel Core i7 10700KF83.85.120231100
Intel Core i9 9900K84.7 OC4.7 OCR211088
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.94.5R201064
Intel Core i7 7700K43.74.7R201049
Intel Core i9 9960X163.14.5R201045
AMD Ryzen 5 360063.64.2R201033
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X163.54.7S221015
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X163.54.7R201007
AMD Threadripper 3960X243.84.5R201006
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X124.35 OC4.35 OCR181006
Intel Xeon W-2155103.04.5R18964
Intel Core i7 5930K64.5 OC4.5 OCR20962
Intel Core i7 5820K64.3 OC4.3 OCR18960
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.74.3R20956
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.54.4R19955
Intel Core i5 6600K44.0 OC4.0 OCR20922
AMD Threadripper 3975WX323.54.2R25885
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.84.0R19879
Intel Core i7 6850K63.64.0R20864
AMD Threadripper 1920X123.54.0R20857
Intel Core i7 5930K63.53.7R19771
Intel Core i5 7300HQ42.53.5R20768
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.44.0R20750
AMD Threadripper 3990X642.94.3R20714
Intel Core i5 2500K44.1 OC4.1 OCR19694
AMD Threadripper 2990WX323.04.2R20680
Intel Core i7 4510U22.03.0R20665
Intel Core i7 8650U41.94.2R18663
Intel Core i7 3930K63.23.8R18656
Intel Xeon E5-2667 v283.34.0R20622
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 (DP)202.23.1R20591
Intel Xeon X565064.0 OC4.0 OCR19554
Intel Xeon E5-2683 v3 (DP)282.03.0R19502
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v2 (DP)122.12.6R19451
Intel Xeon X545083.03.0R19418
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v343.43.8R19409
Intel Core i7 4578U23.03.5R18337
CPU Name# CoresBase

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:


v1.3 Updated on 21.11.2020 – Added Cinema 4D R23 Support and support for any upcoming Cinema Versions.
v1.2 Updated on 20.07.2020 – Added Cinema 4D S22 Support.
v1.1 Updated on 16.09.2019 – Added Cinema 4D R21 Support.

How to use the Benchmark

Open the downloaded Scene in any Version of Cinema 4D that you have installed (Tested on R17 – R23).

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, CPU-Name, Clock-Speed and C4D Version in the comments, so we can add it to the Score-List. Thanks!

How does this Benchmark work?

In many of our Articles we discuss two general types of CPUs:

  • 1: A CPU with a lot of Cores but usually lower Clock-Speed (e.g. 64-Core 3990X @ 2.9 GHz Base, 4,3Ghz Turbo Clock)
  • 2: A CPU with usually fewer Cores but high Clock-Speed (e.g. Intel 24-Core i9 13900K @ 3,0Ghz Base, 5,8 GHz Turbo Clock)

For Rendering and other tasks that can be easily parallelized, 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).

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 and Clock of the CPU, and not the performance of the Graphics Card.

In some cases, of course, the GPU can bottleneck the performance, but those are very rare.

This usually occurs only 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 you have an underpowered GPU compared to the rest of your components.

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

Cinema 4D Viewport Benchmark Hierarchy

CGDirector’s Cinema 4D Viewport Performance Benchmark – Scene contents

The CPU has to step through this hierarchy one at a time, without being able to offload Calculations to other Cores – as is the case in almost any typical 3D Scene.

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

Why does the same CPU score differently in different Cinema 4D Versions?

Because the benchmark Scene stays the same no matter which Cinema 4D Version you test it with, the Score differences between Versions come down to Performance improvements.

Every now and then, Maxon implements Viewport improvements or refactors some code in new releases, that should speed up your viewport. This doesn’t always work, though, as the newest version isn’t always the fastest. The Intel i9 11900k for example, scores much higher when benched in R21 compared to S24, but later versions can flip this ranking upside down.

How do Cinema 4D Versions stack up against each other?

So which Cinema 4D Version has the fastest Viewport? Maxon claims to improve viewport performance with every new version, but is this actually the case?

We ran the Cinema 4D viewport benchmark on the same System in 5 different Versions of Cinema 4D (AMD Ryzen 5900X@Stock, 128GB RAM CL16-3600, RTX 2080Ti, default Cinema 4D clean-installs).

The results are quite interesting:

Cinema 4D Viewport Performance comparison between Versions

Cinema 4D VersionBenchmark Score (average of 10 runs)
2023 (2023.2.1)1401
25 (R25)1363
24 (S24)1331
23 (R23)1227
22 (S22)1184
21 (R21)1289
20 (R20)1191

Ignoring the occasional outlier, viewport performance in Cinema 4D is continually increasing with every new version.


That’s about it! Let us know the following in the comments, so we can add it to the Scores-List. Thanks! 🙂

  1. Score
  2. Cinema 4D Version
  3. CPU-Name
  4. (and Clock-Speed, if it has been overclocked)

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Alex Glawion

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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  • MCCmp

    Score: 1813
    Cinema 4D Version: R26
    CPU-Name: M2 Max 38/12, 64gb RAM, 2TB

  • MCCmp

    Score: 1800
    Cinema 4D Version: R26
    CPU-Name: M2 Max 38/12, 64gb RAM, 2TB

  • Pavel Lebedev

    Score: 1251.15
    Cinema 4D Version: 2023.1.3
    CPU-Name: 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H

  • Fco. Garcia Nava

    Score: 1793.16
    Cinema 4D Version: 2023.1.3
    CPU-Name: 16″ MacBook Pro M2 Max 12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
    96gb unified memory

    • Alex Glawion

      Wow, thanks for this score!

  • James Lashmar

    Score : 1735.99
    C4D : 2023.1.3
    Ryzen 9 7950X Tweaked PBO

    • Alex Glawion

      Great score with PBO, thanks!

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