Interesting video here of a render test showing 2 core vs 8 core vs 12 core for Cinema 4D, which is similar to 3DS Max. The tiny squares in the video represent computer cores, so since the 12 core (dual Xeon) is hyperthreaded it shows 24 'render buckets'.
12 Core vs. 8 Core vs. 2 Core – Cinema 4D Render Speed Test - Greyscalegorilla
For my Cinema 4D rig I use an overclocked i7 2600k (4 cores/8 threads).
dual Xeon = lottery win