CINEBENCH will not launch on unsupported processors. On systems lacking sufficient RAM to load the test scene, a warning will be displayed and the CPU benchmark will not be executed.
Before benchmarking the graphics card, CINEBENCH will check if the hardware supports the necessary features. To ensure accurate results, CINEBENCH compares a single test frame rendered by the graphics card with reference images stored inside the application, and returns a Reference Match percentage. A small difference is tolerable (displayed in green pixels), as it results from slightly different shading, etc. depending on the graphics card and driver. If the difference is beyond a preset threshold, CINEBENCH interprets this as an incorrect display. This may indicate that transparencies, shadows or other display properties are not properly supported. In such cases, CINEBENCH will display a warning message and indicate the differences with red pixels in the display. In some cases the test will be executed anyway, but no result will be displayed as it cannot be accurately compared with others. In extreme cases, the OpenGL benchmark will not be performed.