Best Cpu for Streaming – The main thing you need in a streaming CPU is a CPU with great multi-core performance. Tasks like streaming and video rendering benefit more from multi-core performance than anything else, but gaming is a little bit different.
We hope our guide lifts some of the mist surrounding the best CPU for streaming, and you ultimately settle on a chip that suits your needs.
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1.AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Those new chips have now taken over the top ranks on our CPU Benchmark Hierarchy.
AMD’s value proposition has always been straightforward — more for less. While we typically think of AMD offering more CPU cores than Intel for less money, the strategy also applies to the company’s unrestrained feature sets for each processor, regardless of price.
That includes in-box coolers, Hyper-Threading (AMD calls it SMT), and unlocked multipliers that enable easy overclocking, all of which are features that Intel either leaves out or disables on some of its chips in the name of segmentation.back to menu ↑
2.AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
AMD’s Ryzen 3 silicon is just the start of the value prop, though. The chips come with AMD’s generally lax segmentation, so you get hyper-threading on both chips (which forced Intel to match with its upcoming processors), a bundled Wraith Stealth cooler (which could be better, honestly), and unlocked multipliers that enable overclocking on almost all AM4 chipsets (except A320).
You will need a beefier cooler for serious overclocking with the 3300X, though. You also get access to the PCIe 4.0 interface, which unlocks twice the connectivity bandwidth of comparable Intel chips, and AMD has its upcoming price-conscious B550 motherboards that support the interface. Still, you’ll have to wait until June for those.back to menu ↑
3.AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Six cores and 12 available computing threads for not much more than : That’s what AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600 processor is all about. And on paper at least, it’s a very appealing proposition when you consider Intel’s similarly outfitted six-core Core i7-6800K costs about twice that much (or so, when we wrote this in late May 2017).
In short, video editors or digital media creators on a tight budget who want to cut rendering times should put this chip on their short list for their next build. That’s especially true if you’re not the type who wants to fuss with overclocking and aftermarket coolers.back to menu ↑
4.AMD Ryzen 3 3100
It’s a chip that shores up the low end of AMD’s Ryzen stack as a solid pick for PC gamers who are just a Jackson short of what you’d spend on a 3300X. Does it need to exist? Maybe not, but it still has its own rare charm, and is a first: an under- four-core/eight-thread processor, which is a great deal no matter which way you slice it.
In general, we’re going to recommend you go with the Ryzen 3 3300X instead, but if that difference between the two chips is your difference-maker, the Ryzen 3 3100 is a value-minded little beastie that gets the job done almost as well. Just know that it requires a video card alongside it; it has no integrated graphics, unlike its Intel equivalents.back to menu ↑
5.AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
The latest pair of AMD CPUs with built-in graphics processing—two chips ending in “G”—offers solid budget-level computing performance, excellent-for-the-money graphics pep, and no-brainer value. The entry-level model is the Ryzen 3 3200G.
For its wallet-friendly price, you get not only a CPU with a version of AMD’s robust built-in Vega graphics processing, but also a very serviceable stock cooling fan. You could build a surprisingly powerful budget PC around it, but we think it’s better to spend just more on the other of the pair, the Editors’ Choice-winning Ryzen 5 3400G, which offers all of the Ryzen 3 3200G’s benefits with significantly better graphics and computing performance.back to menu ↑
6.Intel Core i7-10700K
The Intel Core i7-10700K also comes with a 3.8-GHz base clock that, paired with its 16 threads, improves its standing against price-comparable Ryzen processors in threaded desktop PC applications, while the snappy single-threaded performance gives it an outright win in lightly-threaded apps.
The Core i7-10700K also proves to be a nimble overclocker that doesn’t generate an untenable amount of excess heat, so off-the-shelf water coolers can unlock big gains.
Overall, the Core i7-10700K gives you nearly the same gaming performance as the Core i9-10900Kback to menu ↑
7.Intel Core i9-9900K
The company’s ninth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as the Coffee Lake refresh, represent another step forward in a contentious battle for desktop supremacy as the company looks to maintain its top spots on our list of Best CPUs.
Intel’s line-up matches AMD’s Ryzen core-for-core, including a new Core i9 with eight Hyper-Threaded cores (8C/16T) and the highest frequencies we’ve seen in the mainstream space. There’s also a bulked-up Core i7 armed with two extra cores, plus a revamped Core i5. AMD isn’t setting still though: The company recently released its own new flagship, the 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X, to fend off Intel’s new challengers.back to menu ↑
8.Intel Core i7-9700K
Part of Intel’s 9th Generation “Coffee Lake” CPU family, the Core i7-9700K is a powerful processor that will appeal to PC builders looking for proficient gaming performance at a reasonable price.
Thanks in part to a highly efficient architecture, this eight-core chip offers the excellent single-core performance that many AAA games require. But unless you’re looking strictly at gaming performance with the CPU paired with a robust video card, the Core i7-9700K’s overall computing performance suffers compared with that of its main competitor and our top pick for mainstream CPUs, the eight-core AMD Ryzen 7 3700X.back to menu ↑
9.AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X
For one, fewer cores and threads. Though the naming scheme might seem a bit confusing, the Threadripper 3960X is, at least in spirit and core count, a successor to last year’s Threadripper 2970WX, also a 24-core CPU. While the Threadripper 3970X sports 32 cores and 64 threads, the 3960X features “only” 24 cores and 48 threads, with a total of 140MB of L2/L3 cache. Both suck up an equal amount of power:
280 watts thermal design power (up from 250 watts in the same-core-count Threadripper 2970WX), and each features support for the same number of usable PCI Express lanes: 72, versus 64 in the previous generation of Threadrippers (already a lusty amount).back to menu ↑
10.Intel Core i5-11600K
Single-core performance, as ever, remains an Intel strength. The Core i5-11600K scored impressively in many single-core runs that had favored AMD’s $299 six-core/12-thread Ryzen 5 5600X to this point, and it also makes a case for itself against the previous-generation Intel Core i5-10600K.
The gaming results were a bit back-and-forth against the competition, and the required platform upgrade (to the LGA 1200 socket) might be too pricey an entry burden for some midrange-component shoppers. But for the Intel faithful looking for a solid chip to use with a video card to PC-game on a budget, the Core i5-11600K is a strapping entry into a slightly crowded, but constantly evolving, segment of the market.back to menu ↑
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Best Cpu for Streaming – BUYER’S GUIDE
If you’re doing a dual-PC setup, you don’t really need to worry about the gaming performance of your streaming machine’s CPU, since all of its resources can be easily allocated to the stream. You can fairly safely opt for one of our budget picks for your streaming PC.
If you’re looking to stream with a single-PC setup, however, you’ll need to spend a lot more on your CPU. This is because gaming doesn’t scale as well to multiple cores. Modern game engines are getting better in this regard, but until very recently most games were not built for utilizing more than the first four cores of a processor particularly well.back to menu ↑
Best Cpu for Streaming – If you’re already somewhat tech-savvy, you may be able to anticipate some of the choices that we’re going to make. Spoiler: you’re going to see a lot of AMD representation in this article, due to their stellar streaming-while-gaming performance with their CPUs, and their strong multi-threaded performance in general. However, we’re going to give a detailed rundown of how you can expect each of our selected CPUs to perform, and even discuss an alternative to CPU-based encoding for live-streaming your games.