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Cinema 4D: Intel Core i7 9700K & i9 9900K Performance

Written on October 19, 2018 by William George


Cinema 4D, from Maxon, is widely used for creating advanced 3D graphics. The central processor (CPU) in a computer is of paramount importance in this application - both when drawing and animating various elements as well as when rendering out either still scenes or motion clips. Different aspects of the CPU impact these activities in different ways, though, as we have seen when exploring Cinema 4D performance. Thankfully, Maxon also makes Cinebench: a benchmark tool which measures both the single-threaded speed of a processor - which impacts graphics creation, animation, and simulation - as well as multi-threaded performance for rendering.

Intel just released their 9th Gen Core Series processors, which have both higher clock speed and more cores than the previous mainstream generation. Since Cinema 4D benefits from both clock speed and core count, in different ways, we are going to compare these new CPUs against other mainstream and high-performance desktop processors from both Intel and AMD.

9th Gen Intel Core i9, i7, and i5 Processors

Benchmark Results

Cinebench provides three scores when running in advanced mode: CPU (it isn't specified, but this is the multi-core result), CPU (Single Core), and OpenGL. The last of those is somewhat impacted by the CPU, but is more about the video card - so we aren't including it here. We'll start off instead with the overall, multi-threaded CPU scores. This shows how each CPU compares when rendering a still frame with the built-in C4D renderer. AMD's processors are shown in red, with Intel's in blue - and the new models bolded, to stand out:

Cinebench CPU Multi Core Intel Core i9 9900K and i7 9700K Performance

Next up we have single-core CPU performance. This shows roughly how well these processors handle tasks like modeling, animation, and physics simulation within Cinema 4D. These results show how each CPU will behave during general usage of Cinema 4D, and during an animation, these types of calculations also happen between the rendering of each frame. Again, AMD is red and Intel is blue:

Cinebench CPU Single Core Intel Core i9 9900K and i7 9700K Performance


The first graph above, showing multi-core rendering performance, gives a good overview of how the new Core i7 and i9 processor stack up for heavily threaded applications. The i7 9700K outpaces the older i7 8700K thanks to two additional cores and a little higher clock speed, even though it does not have Hyperthreading. The i9 9900K scores almost 50% higher, though, since it has the additional cores and clock speed while maintaining Hyperthreading as well. None of those CPUs compete for the top multi-core performance slot, though. For multi-threaded, CPU-based rendering AMD's Threadripper 2990WX is still the way to go.

Single-core performance is a different story, and in that workload, these 9th Gen Intel processors really shine. They are 4-7% faster than their 8th Gen counterpart, and far faster than Intel and AMD's higher core count models. This is an indication of general performance within Cinema 4D for modeling, animation, and physics simulations - which will all be faster in this generation.

How important these performance metrics are will depend on each user's workload. To figure out which processor and platform are the best for you, consider how much time you spend modeling, animation, setting up simulations, and rendering.

Are the Intel Core i9 9900K and Core i7 9700K Good for Cinema 4D?

That depends on how you use Cinema 4D. If all you do is modeling and animation, then the Core i7 9700K offers a great value. If you do some rendering as well, the Core i9 9900K is going to be almost 50% faster. If you spend most of your time rendering, though, go for AMD's Threadripper 2990WX.

Cinebench R15 CPU Performance Summary Core i9 9900K vs Core i7 9700K vs Core i7 8700K vs Threadripper 2990WX

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