Researching what Processor (CPU) is best for 3D rendering and especially, what CPU has the best Performance / Price ratio, is something you will want to do before building a new Computer or a Renderfarm.
3ds max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Blender and many other 3D Software packages have in-built and external CPU Render Engines that all rely on maximum CPU multi Core Performance.
Since there are so many different CPU types concerning clock-speeds, core-count, hyperthreading and brand, it can be difficult to select the right platform to go with. AMD Ryzen, Intel i5, i7, XEON, Pentium, some Multi-Cored, some Multi-Threaded.
In the End it all comes down to raw CPU rendering performance, that I will be measuring with Cinebench R15, the currently leading Benchmarking Software for CPU Rendering Performance.
This is why I have generated a Performance/Price Table that you can sort to your liking and will show you the best CPU for the Money:
Best CPU for 3D Rendering
Performance / Price: Higher is better.
|CPU Name||# Cores||Clock-Speed (GHz)||Cinebench Multi||Price $||Performance / Price|
|AMD Ryzen R7 1700||8||3.0||1426||319||4.47|
|AMD Ryzen R5 1600X||6||3.3||1136||260||4.36|
|AMD Ryzen R7 1700X||8||3.4||1540||399||3.85|
|Intel i7 7800X||6||3.5||1333||389||3.42|
|AMD Ryzen R7 1800X||8||3.6||1613||499||3.23|
|Intel i5 7600K||4||3.8||701||239||2.93|
|Intel i7 7820X||8||3.6||1734||599||2.89|
|Intel i7 7700K||4||4.2||996||349||2.85|
|Intel i7 6800K||6||3.4||1096||419||2.61|
|Intel i9 7900X||10||3.3||2169||999||2.17|
|Intel i7 6900K||8||3.2||1562||1049||1.48|
|Intel i7 5960X||8||3.0||1324||1069||1.23|
|Intel i7 6950X||10||3.0||1788||1649||1.08|
|XEON E5-2687W v4||12||3.0||1860||2444||0.76|
|XEON E5-2699 v4||22||2.2||2460||4500||0.54|
Now you know the best Performance / Price ratio of different CPUs. Keep in mind, to truly find not just the best CPU, but the best overall system for your rendering needs, you will have to consider:
- power consumption
- overall system price per CPU (the Xeons for example are 2 socket systems, that might make overall system price per CPU cheaper)
- heat generation and acceptable cooling noise needed to have a stable system.
What other CPUs would you like to see in this List? Share your Thoughts in the Comments!