Which CPU Is Best For Gaming And Content Creation?
Kill two birds with one stone.
Not too long ago, it didn’t matter if you wanted to do full-time gaming or get actual work done on your rig. You were stuck with one choice to speak of, which happened to be Intel. The lack of competition meant Intel had a monopoly over the industry and could deal with pricing however they wanted.
These days, the script has been flipped a bit. AMD’s first generation of Ryzen had more cores and a lower price point then Intel but didn’t have the best gaming performance. The second-generation improved on this a bit and now, finally, with their new Zen 2 architecture, they’re giving Intel a run for its money.
It’s no longer about just benchmarks in games. If you want to sell a high-end processor today in 2019, you need great single-threaded performance as well as multi-threaded performance. The race is definitely on, which is ultimately good for consumers. But if you’re in the market for a processor that can handle gaming and content creation all at once, what should you be looking for?
How Much Power Do You Actually Need?
Read the title once again, and you’ll probably get the idea that this question doesn’t really have an objective answer. Obviously, it entirely depends on how much money you’re willing to spend, and what sort of work you’re trying to get done. The rest of your rig matters as well.
Sure, a powerful processor can handle most of the stuff you throw at it. But you’ll need fast memory, speedy storage, and a powerful GPU to fully get the experience you need for a hassle free workflow.
Are you a film maker or photo editor? Then you’ll likely benefit from more a higher core count, and a high end graphics card. You need to decide how much you’re willing to pay for faster render times or if you want that super fluid timeline scrubbing in Premiere. Price to performance is the main issue here, as you’ll want pretty good multi-threaded performance for not a whole lot of money.
And what if you are more focused on gaming and streaming? Well you can get away with more single-threaded performance here, but we still recommend more cores for streaming. As they…