Best Cpu for After Effects

Best Cpu for After Effects – Here we reviewed some of the best CPU for After Effects as well as talked about what to look for in the right processor.

The key takeaway from this article is that first you need to gauge your requirements, your levels of expertise, your budget and the complexity of the projects you plan to work on very well.

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Secondly, you need to choose a performance that has a good single core performance as compared to a good multicore performance.

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ROUND UP

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1.Intel Core i9-10900KF

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2.Intel Core i9-11900K

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3.AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

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4.AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT

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5.AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

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6.AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

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7.AMD Ryzen 5 3600

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8.Intel Core i7-9700K

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9.Intel BX80684I79700KF

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10.Intel Core i5-10600K

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Best Cpu for After Effects – BUYER’S GUIDE

The CPU requirements for Adobe After Effects, as stipulated on the system requirements page, cannot be more vague.

Basically, since Adobe AE is a professional software, it is assumed that someone getting into the software, would have a good sense of gauging their requirements themselves depending upon the level of their work and hence choose the right CPU.

Also, note that in the requirements it reads “Multicore Intel Processor”. However, a good AMD processor would perform equally well too. As tested by PudgetSystems.com, AMD 5000 Ryzen processor actually perform better with AE than the Intel counterparts.

It is also worth noting that while Adobe After Effects does use multicores, it benefits more from a processor with a better single core performance.

As noted by PudgetSystem.com:

To a certain extent, more cores should improve performance. However, After Effects doesn’t scale particularly well since version 2015.3 so the number of cores tends to be less important than the speed of each individual core.

With that said, the point of this guide is NOT to highlight and list the best performing processors only, but to list processors that have an excellent performance/dollar value.

In other words, if a certain processor only performs about 1% better than its inferior model, but costs significantly more, it is not worth investing into and thus will not make it to this list.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How Many Cores Do I Need for After Effects?

Adobe After effects would rarely use all of the CPU cores. There are certain effects and rendering that is multithreaded for instance grain effects, Cinema 4D renderer etc.

While in the future it is possible that AE may use multithreading efficiently, since a lot of the video processing is linear, it can only be performed well on a single thread / single core.

Unlike Audio Production, which uses multithreading CPUs very well, a linear rendering job, as with videos, can only be performed on a single powerful core.

While there is no right answer to how many cores you need, we recommend that you do not go overboard with a processor with an overkill number of cores.

8 cores is a good number. However, if you can find a good single core performance even on a hexa core or a quad core processor then these would be more preferable.

Generally, a processor with higher core count has lower single core clock speed. Hence, unless you plan to use other software that use multi-threaded CPUs very like like FL studio, your primary concern should be clock speed of a single core.

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WRAP UP

Like most of the professional grade software, Adobe does not have a specific mentioning of the CPU that you need in their system requirements. As such the choice of the Best CPU for After Effects is literally open-ended.

It is open-ended in the sense that the choice will mostly depend upon your workload and the complexity of the projects that you will work on. It also depends upon your budget and your level of expertise.

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