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, 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 R7 170083.014263194.47
AMD Ryzen R5 1600X63.311362604.36
AMD Ryzen R7 1700X83.415403993.85
Intel i7 7800X63.513333893.42
AMD Ryzen R7 1800X83.616134993.23
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 i7 6900K83.2156210491.48
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!

Alex - post author

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