Video Rendering – The Point where More Cores Help
The most intensive applications, especially ones like processing hundreds of pages of excel sheets, rendering large video files and unzipping RAR files can all be done faster by an AMD processor.
Intel has been strongly focusing on making their features like hyperthreading and clock speed faster whereas their competitor excels at making the maximum number of cores possible in a single processor.
Professionals may have a requirement where they do lots of video rendering, process graphical software like 3DS Max and Maya, all of which consume cores like anything. In this scenario, the budget factor once again comes into the picture as any studio professional or an individual artist can consider going for AMD because it is more cost efficient.
You can buy a Ryzen Thread-ripper 1950X for $999, which is extremely cheap, compared to how much Intel demands for their processors. The equivalent is Intel i9 core chips that go all the way up to $1,999 for video rendering. Their processors do offer more cores, are more power-efficient in the long run, but the expense of setting up a PC exclusively for this purpose could be an expensive affair.
Apart from these factors, you should also consider using a cooler that is at least $120 or so to keep these powerful chipsets running at a decent temperature.
The lower end is once again a strong call for AMD as even the Ryzen 5 or 7 can do better video rendering because of more cores. It is purely a debate between budget and performance because if your wallet lets, you can consider going for Intel’s high-end i9 to get the most performance; if not there is AMD.
Winner – AMD
Availability and Compatibility – MOBO Support is Important
The AMD vs. Intel – which one is for you debate continues as we come to the point where it is essential to have a decent cooling solution and a motherboard to complete your setup.
The availability factor is a huge influencer because, in most countries, you will probably find more Intel processor choices than AMD because of the lack of popularity among buyers. The company also spends a lot on their marketing budget on advertisements and offers that AMD doesn’t focus on.
You are supposed to pair your motherboard with the best option available out there, especially if you have plans to overclock your choice of processor. You will come across another setback at this point because even popular companies like MSI, Asus and Gigabyte make lesser number of motherboards for AMD when compared to Intel. They do provide motherboards at different price points, but the choice available is quite limited.
Based on your location, there may be some issues when it comes to finding a service or warranty center for your AMD chipset. Intel, however, does have a worldwide presence and provides better customer support, making it easier to get a replacement, if required. Despite all these drawbacks, AMD has managed to catch up recently with their Ryzen products with a better supply. It is not a deal breaker if you have decided to go with AMD for your specific requirements as you can buy from some store or even import it through Newegg.