Maxon Forces Removal of Standalone Cinebench R20 Download Through Legal Threat

Standalone Cinebench R20 downloads are going offline

Maxon Forces Removal of Standalone Cinebench R20 Download Through Legal Threat

Maxon Forces Removal of Standalone Cinebench R20 Download Through Legal Threat

Cinebench R20 was released on Tuesday, bringing Maxon's Cinema 4D benchmarking tool up to date with the applications' latest version (Cinema 4D version 20), complete with a harsher test scene, optimisations for modern CPU designs and enhanced support for high core count processors. 

The only major downside of this benchmark is its exclusivity to the Microsoft Store on Windows, which has been subverted by some tech sites, such as Guru of 3D, who made the application downloadable as a standalone application. 

Many PC gamers prefer downloading Cinebench as a standalone application, with many PC enthusiasts boycotting the Microsoft Store due to its lack of user-friendly features. Other prefer to keep a copy of Cinebench on USB drives, as it allows them to quickly load it onto newly build systems, even if they lack internet access. Now it looks like Maxon has plans to kill off standalone downloads of Cinebench R20. 

Guru of 3D has confirmed that they are no longer offering their readers download of Cinebench R20, citing legal pressure from Maxon against the website. It is likely that other websites will see similar pressures over the coming days, which will result in Cinebench R20 downloads being removed from more locations. 

Hilbert Hagedoorn, the "Guru of 3D" released the following statement regarding the change. 


     Unfortunately, Maxon has made a legal threat against and is forcing us to take the Cinebench R20 download offline.

Maxon Computer GmBh will only allow the download of Cinebench R20 through UWP (Microsoft Store). Though we strongly feel that this is a community tool which belongs in the public domain we obviously totally need to respect what the publisher deems appropriate for them. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.

You can download Cinebench R20 through the Microsoft Store

Maxon Forces Removal of Standalone Cinebench R20 Download Through Legal Threat  

Right now, Cinebench R20 is available to download on the Microsoft Store (For Windows Users) and via the Apple Mac Store (For Mac users).

You can join the discussion on Maxon forcing Guru of 3D to take down their Cinebench R20 download on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

07-03-2019, 15:26:48

Arne Saknussemm
Already downloaded standalone...not from MS store...

Me 1...Maxon 0...Microsoft store -1Quote

07-03-2019, 15:29:01

So they mention support for Windows 7 64-bit on their website but only supply the benchmark through Windows Store which is only for Windows 8 and up? Curious.

Edit: Actually, the Store page for Cinebench enforces Windows 10!Quote

07-03-2019, 15:40:05

Dark NighT
That is a bad move Maxon, really bad.Quote

07-03-2019, 15:45:10

Arne Saknussemm

07-03-2019, 15:49:01

Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
That is a bad move Maxon, really bad.
From what I can tell, Guru of 3D and the other places took the files from the Windows Store version and uploaded it without the consent of Maxon.

Maxon is well within their rights to remove this download, though a standalone version of the app would be nice to have available.

I'll be curious to see how long the Techpowerup version stays live. Even they say their version is unofficial.

This version is a standalone version that works without the Microsoft Store, created by TechPowerUp.

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