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Cinebench R15 CPU Scores | Live 2020 Results

Updated: Mar 23, 2022 10:44 am
Cinebench Scores Explained

Cinebench is a cross-platform testing suite that is specifically used to test the efficiency and performance of both your CPU and GPU. Even though heavily criticized by tech giants Intel, thousands of people still decide to use Cinebench as their primary testing suite. But what exactly does your Cinebench score mean?

In the following article, we’ll be explaining everything you need to know about Cinebench and how you can use it to put your own system to the test.

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how Cinebench R15 works.

Cinebench R15 Explained

Cinebench is one of the main testing software suites for enthusiasts looking to benchmark their CPUs and GPUs. The test scenario is purpose-designed to make use of all your system’s processing power when rendering a generated CG 3D scene.

The suite can be used to test your CPU and GPU – with users having options to benchmark their CPUs in single and multi-core scenarios. The test itself runs a number of different rendering requirements, which have been carefully chosen to push your components to the very limit. Sharp edges, blurry reflections, shadows, procedural shaders, and anti-aliasing have all been used within the test scenario to ensure all graphical areas are pushed.

At the end of the test, Cinebench will generate a score based on how well your hardware has handled the test. In the suite itself, Cinebench will show you (roughly) where you rank amongst other CPUs/GPUs. This will give you an initial idea of how well your system ranks.

See Pic Below:

Cinebench ranking

As you can see from the test picture above, our 3900X ranked pretty high in the multi-core benchmark. It’s placed us at the top of the list and shows a clear indication of how powerful it is over alternative CPUs.

What Is A Good Cinebench Score?

So, what exactly is a good Cinebench score? It’s all good knowing whether or not your CPU can beat another, but how do I know whether I’ve got a good score for gaming or not? What if I want to do CPU intensive tasks like 3D animation and rendering?

Well, don’t worry, we’re going to explore exactly what score you should be looking to get for a variety of different scenarios.  So, let’s get into it.


Let’s start with gaming. Gaming can be a fairly demanding task and one that, most of the time, requires high single-core performance from your CPU. For less intensive gaming, I would recommend looking for a CPU with a single-core score of around 160. For more demanding AAA game titles, anything over 200 would be our go-to. The i7 9700K (a superb CPU for gaming) gets a score of 212. Having said that, remember, gaming performance doesn’t just come down to the single-core performance. Your GPU plays the strongest role in driving frame rates, so keep that in mind when purchasing your next processor.


As for work tasks, we always recommend looking for a CPU with an excellent multi-core score. Over the past couple of years, AMD’s Ryzen lineup has been the go-to processor for high demanding workflows. This is thanks to their impressive multi-core performance levels. As you’ll soon see from the table below, AMD processors are fairly dominant in the multi-core scoring.


Finally, if you’re looking to do office work and general email browsing, a score of 200+ is going to be more than enough for your needs. If you want to do more demanding tasks like video editing, we would recommend something in the region of 2000-3000. For anything more demanding, 4000 and above is where you should be looking.

Cinebench R15 Scores List

With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the most up-to-date benchmarking results for today’s CPUs.

CPUCoresGHzSingle CoreMulti-core
AMD Threadripper 3990X642.919911000
AMD Threadripper 3970X323.72077395
AMD Threadripper 3960X243.82095935
Intel Xeon W-3175X283.11855514
AMD Threadripper 2990WX3231785226
Intel Xeon Platinum 8180282.51664355
AMD Threadripper 2970X2431754325
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X163.52154077
AMD Epyc 7601322.21404068
Intel Xeon Platinum 8168242.71613999
AMD Epyc 75013221323912
Intel Xeon Platinum 8176282.11653873
AMD Epyc 7551P3221323838
Intel i9 10980XE1832113799
Intel i9 9980XE1831983740
Intel i9 9990XE1442213732
Intel Xeon Platinum 81642621613720
Intel Xeon Platinum 8170262.11613596
Intel i9 7980XE182.61843455
Intel Xeon Platinum 8160242.11613444
Intel Xeon Gold 6148202.41613310
AMD Epyc 7451242.31413277
Intel i9 9960X163.11843211
AMD Threadripper 2950X163.51793210
Intel Xeon Gold 61541831623210
Intel Xeon Gold 6150182.71613188
Intel i9 9940X143.31903173
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X123.82133168
Intel i9 7960X162.81843161
Intel Xeon Gold 6152222.11613157
AMD Epyc 7401P2421323156
AMD Epyc 74012421323156
Intel Xeon Gold 61382021613069
AMD Threadripper 1950X163.41663062
Intel XEON W-2195182.31872949
Intel Core i9-10900K103.72322852
Intel i9 7940X143.11882849
Intel Xeon Gold 6140182.31612785
Intel Core i9-10900102.82252655
AMD Threadripper 2920X123.51762604
Intel XEON E5-2699 v4222.21202460
Intel i9 7920X122.91882438
Intel i9 9920X123.51882438
AMD Threadripper 1920X123.51682431
Intel Core i7-10700K83.82282345
Intel i9 9900X103.51972274
Intel i9 9900KS842202205
AMD Epyc 7351P162.41282184
AMD Epyc 7351162.41282184
Intel i9 9820X103.31772170
Intel i9 7900X103.31932169
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X83.92092166
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X83.62052116
Intel i9 9900KF83.62182081
Intel i9 9900K83.62182081
AMD Epyc 7281162.21192033
AMD Epyc 7301162.21192033
Intel XEON W-2155103.31912021
Intel i9 9980HK82.42051930
Intel XEON E5-2687W v41231381860
Intel i9 9800X83.81941826
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X63.82021795
Intel i7 6950X1031471788
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X83.71801783
Intel i7 7820X83.61761734
Intel Xeon Silver 4116122.11311722
Intel i9 9880H82.31971721
AMD Threadripper 1900X83.81681711
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X83.61611613
Intel XEON E5-2650 v4122.21281589
AMD Ryzen 5 360063.61971581
Intel i7 6900K83.21541562
Intel i7 9700K83.62121542
Intel i7 9700KF83.62121542
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X83.41451540
AMD Ryzen 7 270083.21651526
Intel Xeon Silver 4114102.21311439
Intel i7 8700K63.72051428
AMD Ryzen 7 1700831371426
Intel i7 870063.21951420
Intel i7 8086K63.72151386
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X63.61761373
Intel i7 7800X63.51841333
Intel i7 5960X831771324
AMD Ryzen 5 260063.41631307
Intel i9 8950HK62.92061269
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X63.31611250
Intel i7 6850K63.61561235
Intel i7 9750H62.61921233
Intel Xeon Silver 411082.11311148
AMD Ryzen 5 160063.21451147
Intel Xeon Silver 4109T821311103
Intel XEON E5-2620 v482.11251096
Intel i7 6800K63.41461096
AMD Epyc 725182.11281093
Intel Xeon 2176M62.71831070
Intel i5 9600K63.72001068
Intel i5 9600KF63.72001068
Intel i7 8750H62.21801063
Intel i5 960063.11861042
Intel i5 8600K63.61831040
Intel i7 8850H62.61821023
Intel i5 9500F631821016
Intel i5 9500631821016
Intel Xeon Silver 410881.81301014
Intel i7 7700K44.2191996
Intel i5 940062.9177987
Intel i5 9400F62.9177987
Intel i7 7740X44.3196986
Intel i5 840062.8161966
Intel i5 860063.1178959
Intel i5 850063174934
Intel i5 9600T62.3159908
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G43.6156826
Intel i5 8400H42.5178819
Intel i5 9500T62.2155811
Intel XEON W-212343.6167806
AMD Ryzen 5 1500X43.5152803
AMD Ryzen 3750H42.3161802
Intel i5 8300H42.3169795
AMD Ryzen 5 140043.2134787
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H42.1142733
Intel i5 9400T61.8150710
Intel i5 7600K43.8176701
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U42.3146701
Intel Xeon Silver 411242.6131665
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U42.2138662
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U42.1138620
Intel i7 8650U41.9175614
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U42130584
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G43.5142576
Intel i7 8565U41.8178564
Intel i7 8550U41.8167564
Intel i5 8265U41.6171549
Intel i5 8250U41.6157549
Intel XEON W-210443.2137531
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U42.1139510
Intel XEON W-210242.9124485
AMD Ryzen 3 2300U42134480
AMD Ryzen 3 120043.45139478
AMD Athlon 200GE23.2125357
AMD Athlon 300U22.6138344
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U22.6138344
AMD Ryzen 3 2200U22.5129318

Taking what we explained in the last section, you should be able to use this table to make a more informed decision on your next CPU purchase. Furthermore, you’ll be able to use this as a benchmark for your own CPU tests – making sure your CPU isn’t underperforming.

Multi-Core Vs. Single-Core Cinebench Results

We touched on this earlier (briefly), but for those that aren’t familiar with the difference between single-core and multi-core performance, let’s discuss it a little further.

Whether you’re looking to do some light gaming or heavy rendering, understanding what is required from your CPU is an extremely important step towards your next upgrade. There is a very clear difference between great gaming CPUs and great “work task” CPUs.

Ultimately, the answer is quite simple. If you’re looking for a new gaming CPU, get one with high single-core performance. Alternatively, if you want a CPU for heavy workflow scenarios, opt for a newer CPU with high multi-core performance.

Single-core performance refers to how one of the cores (that make up your CPU) performs on its own. Cinebench will push this core to its limit to see how it handles the scenario. A decent score for single-core performance is around 170+.

What Is A Good Cinebench Score For Gaming?

When we think of a gaming CPU, we usually think of one that provides high single-core performance. That’s because a lot of games haven’t been optimized to make use of numerous cores. The single-core performance of your CPU should be one of the most important areas of consideration when thinking of building a gaming rig. Having said that, the GPU is still the number one component in driving frame rates.

As we move forward to the 21st century, games are now being designed to make use of more cores. Games such as Witcher 3 can now make use of numerous cores, meaning multi-core CPUs are becoming much more desirable.

Ensuring your CPU and GPU work in harmony is the next thing to consider. What I mean by that is, you can’t pair a low scoring CPU and the best scoring GPU because your GPU will simply be bottlenecked by the processor. Making sure your CPU and GPU are evenly matched will ensure the best overall gaming performance.

AMD Vs. Intel

One of the big questions surrounding the CPU industry at the moment is whether we should go AMD or Intel – a question that was much easier to answer just 12 months ago. Thanks to AMD, though, the gap between the two giants has now become much, much closer.

As you can see from the chart above, Intel still pretty much dominates the single-core performance benchmarks and have done for the past 10+ years. AMD has been edging closer over the last few years, especially with their impressive range of Ryzen CPUs, but still fall slightly short of Intel in this department. Where AMD excels, however, is in the multi-core performance benchmarking.

AMD has always been renowned for its high multi-core performance – something that doesn’t look likely to slow down any time soon. Their latest arrivals which include Ryzen 9 3900X and 3950X, currently showcase some of the best consumer-grade performance levels of any CPU available today.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it, our full rundown of Cinebench R15, and how the scores can affect your next purchase. Hopefully, this article has made understanding the software a little bit easier.

Ultimately, Cinebench scores are something that should be considered but not relied on. Depending on what you’re doing with your PC, you might find the Cinebench score to be a little irrelevant. Make sure to understand your needs first, then do proper research on what your system needs before purchasing your upgrade.

Anyway, leave us a comment if you have any further questions on the matter. We also have our Community Hub where you can discuss similar topics with like-minded people!

2 thoughts on “Cinebench R15 CPU Scores | Live 2020 Results”

  1. Richard

    Evening all ,
    Just like to say I love the website it’s so full of useful information and tools to use and cross reference with personal rigs. Like author I have been into PC gaming since the days of Doom and Duke Nukem and Windows 95 began. Setting up sound settings and installing in Dos mode. Wow the times. Then beginning the gaming journey of 3dfx and the likes of Wipeout 2097 and the original Tombraider!!! Keep up the good work. Maybe a video on optimising AMD rigs as this is a gray area. Bios settings and setting up before overlcocking could be really helpful.



    • Hi Richard,
      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a complimentary message. Ah doom and DN, what classic games! We have loads of video content coming over the next couple of months so keep your eyes peeled on our Youtube channel as there might be a video that matches your description!

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