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Cinebench

The Cinebench benchmark is powered by Maxon's Cinema 4D rendering engine. It's multithreaded and comes with a 64-bit executable. The test runs with a single thread and then with as many threads as possible.

Much like our Javascript benchmarks, the Ryzen CPUs get sandwiched by older Intel parts at the bottom and Kaby Lake at the top in Cinebench's single-threaded test. Still, they're hanging with CPUs we would hardly consider inferior. You could keep worse company than the Core i5-4690K, the Core i5-7500, and the Core i7-6800K.

Fire off Cinebench on every thread and there are no surprises in the results. The Ryzen 5 1600X and Ryzen 5 1600 bookend the Core i7-6800K, and the Ryzen 5 1500X outpaces every Core i5 in our test suite. Mark another win for Ryzen here.

Blender
Blender is a widely-used, open-source 3D modeling and rendering application. The app can take advantage of AVX2 instructions on compatible CPUs. We chose the "bmw27" test file from Blender's selection of benchmark scenes to put our CPUs through their paces.

It's not quite a win for Ryzen 5 CPUs in this test, but it's close. The 1600 and 1600X stalk the i7-6800K and narrowly beat out the more expensive Core i7-7700K. The Ryzen 7 1500X's eight threads narrowly beat the Core i5-7600K and its higher-throughput AVX hardware, too. The Ryzen 5 1400 even ekes out a victory over the Core i5-7500. The most notable results in this field come from the i5-2500K and i5-3570K, whose lack of AVX2 support severely hampers their standings.

Handbrake video transcoding
Handbrake is a popular video-transcoding app that recently hit version 1.0. To see how it performs on these chips, we converted a roughly two-minute 4K source file from an iPhone 6S into the legacy "iPhone and iPod touch" preset using the x264 encoder's otherwise-default settings.

Handbrake multithreads well, and the Ryzen 5s take advantage by outpacing the similarly-priced Intel competition. The Ryzen 5 1600 matches the Core i7-6800K, and the 1600X is ever so slightly faster. Moving on.

LuxMark OpenCL performance
Because LuxMark uses OpenCL, we can use it to test both GPU and CPU performance, and to see how these different types of processors work together. We used the Intel OpenCL runtime for all of the CPUs at hand, since it delivers the best performance under LuxMark for x86 CPUs of all types in our experience.

We used the "Hotel lobby" scene for our testing, but we otherwise left LuxMark at its default settings.

In the CPU-only phase of our testing, performance scales as expected with cores and threads, save for the Core i7-6800K's surprise win. All of the Ryzen CPUs handily beat out their comparable Intel competition here, though.

The GPU-only phase of the test tells us that the GTX 1080 in our test rig works equally well across all of our platforms. Moving on.

Putting the CPU and graphics card together shows some differences among CPUs, but the results are largely close together except at the extremes of the chart. Every CPU here gets a major helping hand by being paired with the GTX 1080.