Cinebench: How to run and test your PC

Cinebench is a wonderful starting point for anyone interested in benchmarking.

Here at The Verge, we regularly utilize benchmark software to evaluate various machines and determine their relative performance. However, that is not their only function. If you want to make sure your PC is performing at peak efficiency, you can also use these benchmarks to compare it to similar machines.

Cinebench R23 is one of the first tools recommended for novice users. This tool will test how well your computer’s processor can render a 3D image. It doesn’t cost anything to use and can be completed in under ten minutes.

What you need to know is listed below.

Here is the process to Download Cinebench

Cinebench is available in the Mac App Store if you’re using that platform. The Microsoft Store has it if you’re running Windows. You may also get it from Maxon’s website and use it on either platform.

To run Cinebench on Windows 10 or 11, your computer needs a 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU with SSE3 capability and at least 4GB of RAM. Macs need to be running macOS 10.13.16 or later, have a 640-bit processor, and have 4GB of RAM or more.

Keep in mind that there are other versions of Cinebench available, but the most up-to-date and reliable one is Cinebench R23.

Here Is How to Run Cinebench

Launch the app once after it has finished downloading. The top left corner of your screen features two separate Start buttons. Choose the option next to CPU (Multi Core) to see how well your system handles many cores at once, or choose CPU (Single Core) to see how well it handles a single core at a time. The time commitment for each of these exams is roughly 10 minutes.

If you’re interested in seeing how well your system holds up throughout a longer length of time, you can extend the duration of the tests to a maximum of 30 minutes. Select “File” > “Advanced Benchmark” to set it up. On the left, under Minimum Test Duration, you’ll see a pull-down selection. Pick the 30-minute option there. Then, get started with your preferred trial.

Cinebench will produce the most reliable results if you plug in your device and close all other applications and background processes. Your computer’s power profiles, fan speeds, and other settings should all be at their highest possible levels.

How to Check Your Cinebench Score

Patiently wait for the test to finish on your device; once it does, a score will appear next to the “start” button you clicked. You can see how your CPU compares to others in the same class in the bottom left corner of Cinebench.

Remember that Cinebench is only one test among several. While a lower Cinebench result may indicate a less powerful machine, this is only sometimes the case. In terms of user experience, sheer CPU power is just one of several elements that can affect how fast a computer responds.

However, Cinebench can be downloaded for nothing and is a simple way to gauge your PC’s performance and identify any problems you may have.


I'm Tim Smith, a tech blogger with a penchant for simplifying complex concepts. Dedicated to keeping my readers abreast of the latest in technology, I aim to provide accessible insights into the ever-evolving digital landscape.

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