Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Maxon Offers Cinebench R20 Direct Download -Microsoft Store Not Required

Originally Cinebench R20 was released to the Microsoft Store which as you can probably guess caused a bit of negative PR for Maxon due to the benchmarks popularity within the enthusiast community. What really seemed to fuel the fire was the fact it was always freely distributed just about everywhere even here on TechPowerUp. Fast forward to the latest release and with it being locked to a digital walled garden of sorts really didn't sit too well within the community. However, it did not take long for enterprising enthusiasts to discover you could make it standalone.

This prompted Maxon to request the hosted files be taken down which generated quite the discussion within our own forums both for and against the move. Yet in the end, Maxon's reasoning behind their decision still remains a bit perplexing and with little clarity. Even more so now as the company has released there very own standalone version. Which leads us to wonder why they went about doing things in this circuitous manner in the first place. Still, this standalone release will likely be met with much more fanfare, well that is if the download link pointed to the right files. Currently, the official download page will direct users to a Mac .dmg file, which seems to be a copy and paste mistake. We figured out the correct link, it's listed below.
Download: Maxon Cinebench R20
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24 Comments on Maxon Offers Cinebench R20 Direct Download -Microsoft Store Not Required

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
So i guess R20 is back on the benchmarking menu??
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#3
HwGeek
Good news! Happy to see they have listen to the Community.
Regarding Windows Download link- they have made little mistake- looks like it should be .Zip:
http://http.maxon.net/pub/cinebench/CinebenchR20.zip
Can't wait to see AMD showing R15/20 rendering on Ryzen 3000 and Threadripper 3000 ANN :clap: .
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#4
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
HwGeek
Good news! Happy to see they have listen to the Community.
Regarding Windows Download link- they have made little mistake- looks like it should be .Zip:
http://http.maxon.net/pub/cinebench/CinebenchR20.zip
Which is why if you click the download link in the news post it takes to the zip file :toast:
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#5
W1zzard
crazyeyesreaper
Which is why if you click the download link in the news post it takes to the zip file :toast:
Yeah let's hope their legal team doesn't want us to remove the direct link t.t
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#6
HwGeek
crazyeyesreaper
Which is why if you click the download link in the news post it takes to the zip file :toast:
Oop's, I knew I was missing something ;-).
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#7
MrGenius
They didn't have much choice. Since they claimed Windows 7 support. Then stupidly made it "impossible" to run on W7.
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#8
Wavetrex
Good Guy Maxon.

Needs a meme pic.

But yea, finally they woke up and realized their mistake.
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#9
ironwolf
Download now, ask questions later. :D
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#10
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
After the flack they received
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#11
delshay
Well I was one of those user that found it confusing. I'm still on windows 7 & Cinebench 20 is shown as compatible with windows 7 on their own website. But windows 7 user(s) had no way to download it, as it was stuck in windows store. Anyway glad it's all fix now.
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#13
Darksword
Here's my score with i7-7820X @ 4.7Ghz.

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#14
Chloe Price
MrGenius
They didn't have much choice. Since they claimed Windows 7 support. Then stupidly made it "impossible" to run on W7.
That ancient OS needs to die already. It's just like XP was few years ago. It's on a fking life support, been few years already..
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#15
lexluthermiester
FreedomEclipse
So i guess R20 is back on the benchmarking menu??
It seems they have seen the abysmal download rates of the store version and realized quickly that the bad press did them no favors..
Chloe Price
That ancient OS needs to die already.
Take off eh! Windows 7 rocks!
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#16
Slizzo
Darksword
Here's my score with i7-7820X @ 4.7Ghz.
I just made a 4932 run with my 4.8GHz 7820X.
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#17
Caring1
I have an aversion to downloading anything in a .Zip file, so needless to say I won't be playing around with Cinebench.
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#18
lexluthermiester
Caring1
I have an aversion to downloading anything in a .Zip file
Why? Most downloads are packed into ZIP/RAR/7Z containers to save on storage space and bandwidth. If you're worried about malware of some kind, scan it with an AV.
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#19
notb
Caring1
I have an aversion to downloading anything in a .Zip file, so needless to say I won't be playing around with Cinebench.
What alternative would you prefer?

lexluthermiester
It seems they have seen the abysmal download rates of the store version and realized quickly that the bad press did them no favors..
The last part of the sentence is true. They simply decided to play along and stop the hate.

The first part is not. As we've discussed earlier: this is neither a Maxon's product, nor a sales driver. It's just a benchmark they originally made for their customers (tiny group) that *by coincidence* became a popular tool for the gaming community (millions).
Whether Cinebench is downloaded by 100 or 100 million people has no impact on their financial result.

It's worth mentioning that they've also slightly modified the license - it now allows minimal modification of files (a must for portable apps).
Sharing is still forbidden, so these files can't be hosted on other sites.
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#20
lexluthermiester
notb
The first part is not.
Citation?
notb
Whether Cinebench is downloaded by 100 or 100 million people has no impact on their financial result.
Maybe not, but exposure to their name and products is a direct benefit. Whatever though.
notb
Sharing is still forbidden, so these files can't be hosted on other sites.
Which is still as stupid as a screen door on a submarine for the aforementioned product exposure reasons. It's a free utility, put it everywhere that wants to host it to promote your brand name. Whatever stuffed shirt bean-counter made that marketing decision needs to be replaced by someone who doesn't have their head lodged firmly where the sun doesn't shine.
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#21
notb
lexluthermiester
Citation?
Sadly, can't provide that. So you'll have to treat it as if there was a hidden "IMO*", with "*" being a suggestion that I may know more about this matter. :)
Anyway, it's not like you react with "Citation?" to all "AMD/Intel rulez!!!!" posts. ;-)
Maybe not, but exposure to their name and products is a direct benefit.
Exposure is exposure. It always results in costs. Profits are never certain.

In order for the "gaming community exposure" to have a positive impact on sales, a gamer would have to be a consumer as well (as in: being in the 3D designing / rendering business).
Is this frequent? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. I'm sure Maxon knows this better than any of us here.

This is the only gaming forum I follow and maybe it isn't very representative, but lets be honest: most people on this forum have no idea how rendering works.
In fact many have tried to discredit the idea of ray tracing lately. ;-) Besides being a constant source of entertainment, this also suggests that the intersection of "3D community" and "PC enthusiast / gaming community" could be quite small.

It seems 3D modeling is a popular hobby among mathematicians and physicists. In fact all of my friends who are into 3D/CAD are graduates of either.
Which is still as stupid as a screen door on a submarine for the aforementioned product exposure reasons. It's a free utility, put it everywhere that wants to host it to promote your brand name. Whatever stuffed shirt bean-counter made that marketing decision needs to be replaced by someone who doesn't have their head lodged firmly where the sun doesn't shine.
We all know you're not a huge believer in corporate ways, but that's how things work.
It's the best, most secure way. I tried to explain this in earlier discussions, but with no success (and one ban for calling someone "a geek"). I don't feel like trying anymore. :-)
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#22
lexluthermiester
notb
Sadly, can't provide that.
What a shock...
notb
Anyway, it's not like you react with "Citation?" to all "AMD/Intel rulez!!!!" posts. ;-)
I react like that to any statement made by someone who could not possibly possess such information, or something that is just so incredulous that it's blatantly bizarre.
notb
We all know you're not a huge believer in moronic corporate decisions
Fixed that for you. And no I'm not. I'll all for making money, however, there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything and Maxon has chosen the later to their detriment.
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#24
Mr. Fox
Yay! They LISTENED. They have regained my respect. Micro$lop needs to take this as a stern message. They (the Redmond Retards) need to listen and comply with the expectations of their customers while they still have enough left to keep the lights on. If they do not, they will be damned (as if they are not already on the slide down that slippery slope to perdition).
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