Best CPU For Rendering (Updated)

12 April 2017

Researching what Processor (CPU) is best for 3D rendering and especially, what CPU has the best Performance / Dollar ($) 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, Threadripper, 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.

Of course there are lots of lists online to check cinebench points, but what is most important is how well the Performance / Dollar ($) ratio is.

This is why I have generated a Performance/Dollar ($) Table that you can sort to your liking and will show you the best CPU for the Money:

Best CPU for 3D Rendering

Performance / Dollar ($): Higher is better.

CPU Name# CoresGHzCinebench MultiPrice $Performance/Dollar
AMD Ryzen R5 160063.211471896.06
AMD Ryzen R5 1600X63.312502195.71
AMD Ryzen R7 1700X83.415403094.98
AMD Ryzen R7 170083.014262994.76
AMD Ryzen R5 140043.27871694.65
AMD Ryzen R7 1800X83.616133494.62
AMD Ryzen R5 1500X43.58031744.61
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X83.817114503.80
Intel i7 8700K63.713643593.79
Intel i7 7800X63.513333893.42
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X163.430629993.06
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X123.524317993.04
Intel i7 7740X44.39863292.99
Intel i5 7600K43.87012392.93
Intel i7 7820X83.617345992.89
Intel i7 7820X83.617345992.89
Intel i7 7700K44.29963492.85
Intel i7 6800K63.410964192.61
XEON E5-2620 v482.110964202.60
Intel i9 7900X103.321699992.17
Intel i9 7920X122.9243812002.03
Intel i9 7940X143.1284914501.96
Intel i9 7960X162.8316117001.89
Intel i9 7980XE182.6345519001.81
Intel i7 6900K83.2156210491.48
XEON E5-2650 v4122.2158912001.32
Intel i7 5960X83.0132410691.23
Intel i7 6950X103.0178816491.08
XEON E5-2687W v4123.0186024440.76
XEON E5-2699 v4222.2246045000.54


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.
  • Cooling Solution
  • Mainboard price

What other CPUs would you like to see in this List? Share your Thoughts in the Comments!

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Hi, I am Alex, a passionate Director and 3D Generalist currently working in an Animation Studio.

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What you think about xeon 2620 ,where it would fit into this list


im working as motion graphic artist.. Software is 3d s max 15.,with v ray rendering.. C4d. And after effects cc…(, element 3d)
I want to built new pc.
Im want to with. Ryzen 7 1700 or ryzen 5 1600x
Gpu zotac 1070 80gb ,mini
16,gb ram..
Want your advice on this..
Specially Ryzen 5 1600x or 7 1700
Thusus in my budget..

David Custom 3D MOdels

Many thanks for the great info…

Great read! Thanks for this. I’m in process of starting a PC Build. I do motion graphics in After Effects and C4D – and building my Nuke compositing skills. I will do the occasional editing in Premiere, and coloring in Resolve — finishing in 1080 mostly. The main purpose of my new system is to work on C4D + Redshift. I was thinking of the Intel i9 7940X at first but have switched my decision to build a Threadripper 1950X on x399 instead w/ 2 x 1080 TI’s (with room to expand later) and PCIe M2 SSD’s. Any thoughts on… Read more »


i need to build new pc
i7 8700k or ryzen 7 1700x for rendering in 3dsmax + vray, after effect, premiere?, i need better value, so i can get other component such as bigger SSD or better ram. thank you,

sorry for my bad english 😀

Hi, I’m new on building own pc, I used to buy it. But now I need a strong pc. I work with 3d modelling and rendering, I saw a computer with these specs. AMD RYZEN Threadriper 1950X (3.8GHz, 40MB Cache, 32x Cores, Turbo 4.0GHz) CPU MSI X399 SLI PLUS TR4 DDR4 USB3.1 RYZEN Threapripper Gaming Motherboard MSI GEFORCE GT 1030 2GB OC EDITION DirectX12 Graphics Card 500W 80+ High Performance Power Supply 16GB QUAD Channel DDR4 2400MHz High Performance Gaming RAM with Heat Spreader 250GB SSD Upto 500MB/s + Speed Ultra-Fast Solid State Drive (OS DRIVE) EVETECH RUSH RGB Tempered… Read more »
kostas kas

Goodmonrning. I am planning to built a new pc. I mostly work on 3dsmax with Vray, autocad, Photoshop and Maya. I am between ryzen 1800x and i7-8700. Which one you think is better for me?

kostas kas

ryzen 1700/1700x/1800x and i7-8700 i wanted to write 🙂 Sorry for my bad english


Ive had the ryzen 1700 Palles with a 1080 ti for 6 months now and Its pretty Good. Its gonna run even better if you overclock it too 3,7 GHz. So Ill defenitley go with the ryzen for 3D tasks and rendering.


Hello, i have computre Hp z800 , 24G Ram, – intel (R) Xeon(R) CPU E5640 @2.6GHZ 16 Cores – qraphic card INVIDIA Quadro 2000, and any version of 3ds max work slowly and always the software close, I want advice please, if i should to change the configuration tell me what i must to buy, Thnks ,
Best Regards


Hi Alex,

I was wondering which is better, to upgrade to quadro or upgrade my processor to i7 / AMD?

Current spec i3-6100, GTX 1030 D5 2GB, RAM 8 gb DDR4 kingston hyper x
Seems just not enough to work with 3dsmax 2017, it crashed so often.

As for the best bang for buck “upgrade”, what would you recommend?
I was thinking about the Ryzen R5 1600 though.


What do you think of the E5-2650 V4, where would it fit in the list?