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AMD vs Intel For Video Editing: A Hands On Comparison

In our AMD vs Intel Video editing guide, we are going to discuss which one of the two has a better lineup of processors for video editing.

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AMD For Video Editing

Rated: 8/10

Intel For Video Editing

Rated: 9/10

Pros And Cons

AMDβœ… Generally better value
βœ… More L3 cache
❌ Worse performance
Intelβœ… Better performance
βœ…Quick sync technology
❌Generally worse value

Key Takeaways
  • AMD uses the L3 cache on its processors to its advantage to get the best video editing performance out of its chips.
  • Intel employs many cores and threads in its chips, allowing for demanding work to be handled by multiple processing streams.
  • AMD offers lower prices on its CPUs than Intel, except for the highest performance tier.
  • The Intel processors we tested performed better than their Ryzen counterparts, while the AMD chips showed better value.

AMD and Intel are often compared for gaming benchmarks, but processor choice is equally crucial for content creators. Our discussion today will revolve around Intel vs AMD video editing performance.


Both processors possess unique characteristics that help them out in video editing. For AMD, their trump card is their abundant L3 cache on both their X3D and regular processors, which allows fast data transfers so your computer doesn’t have to wait around for slower RAM speeds.

X3D chips
AMD’s 3D V-Cache Chip Lineup – Image Credits (AMD)

Though Intel has stuck to the industry standard regarding L3 cache, its best trait is the abundance of cores. All modern mainstream Intel processors have a combination of E-cores and P-cores that share the workload in demanding tasks like video editing.

AMD Vs Intel Video Editing – Video Editing Benchmarks

We’re comparing processor manufacturers based on their video editing performance, focusing on benchmarks in Adobe Premiere Pro. Benchmarks are divided into three categories based on budget: Top-tier, mid-tier, and low-tier.

Disclaimer: A plethora of factors play into the video editing performance of your machine, including your GPU and RAM. Bear this in mind while evaluating the following sections.

Throughout the testing, we will use the same rigs for both our Intel and AMD processors, the specs of which are listed below:

Testing Rig

Comparison Table

Additionally, here is a breif rundown of the specs of each processor used in our comparison:

CPUAMD Ryzen 9 7950XIntel Core i9 13900KAMD Ryzen 7 7700XIntel Core i7 13700KAMD Ryzen 5 7600XIntel Core i5 13600K
TDP170 W125 W105 W125 W105 W125 W
Base Clock4.5 GHz3 GHz4.5 GHz3.4 GHz4.7 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock5.7 GHz5.8 GHz5.4 GHz5.4 GHz5.3 GHz5.1 GHz
Process Size5 nm10 nm6 nm10 nm5 nm10 nm
PCIeGen 5Gen 5Gen 5Gen 5Gen 5Gen 5
L3 Cache64 MB36 MB32 MB30 MB32 MB24 MB
Integrated GraphicsYesYesYesYesYesYes

Top Tier Processors Benchmarks

 Adobe Premiere 22.6.2
Adobe Premiere 22.6.2 Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The score on both processors is quite similar, with AMD Ryzen 9 7950X offering a score of 1306 vs Intel Core i9 13900K offering a score of 1304, which means there is no better or inferior between the two processors in this test.

Mid-tier Processors Benchmarks

 Adobe Premiere 22.6.2
Adobe Premiere 22.6.2 Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In this benchmark, the Intel Core i7 13700K scored 1215, while the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X scored 1092, indicating an approximate 11% performance improvement with the Intel Core i7 13700K due to its additional cores and threads.

Low-tier Processors Benchmarks

Adobe Premiere 22.6.2
Adobe Premiere 22.6.2 Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Intel again came out on top in video editing performance tested with the Puget Systems Benchmark. The Intel Core i5 13600K scored 1100 points compared to the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X’s 972 points, marking Intel’s 13% performance advantage.

Price And Value

CPULaunch MSRPCurrent Price
Core i9 13900KπŸ’²589πŸ’²499
Ryzen 9 7950X πŸ’²699πŸ’²549
Core i7 13700KπŸ’²409πŸ’²362
Ryzen 7 7700XπŸ’²399πŸ’²287
Core i5 13600KπŸ’²319πŸ’²285
Ryzen 7 7600XπŸ’²299πŸ’²212

Despite Intel’s better pricing at the high end, AMD dominates in both low-end and mid-range performance. AMD’s 7950X was priced 10% higher than Intel’s 13900K, while the mid-range and low-end brackets saw AMD’s prices winning by 26% and 34%, respectively.

Intel Vs AMD Video Editing – Which One’s For You

Intel: The Intel CPUs consistently beat their AMD counterparts in our breif testing of these chips. Sure, they might come at a higher price (except for the high-end), but they also offer more robust performance.

AMD: In all but the highest of tiers, the AMD processors beat our Intel chips in the value they provide. So, if you want to stretch your money as far as possible, we recommend using AMD chips.

To conclude, Intel gives superior performance to the Ryzen chips for their respective tiers, though they offer worse value.


What’s Quick Sync on Intel Processors?

Intel’s genius move offers its users a dedicated core whose only work is decoding and encoding videos. Despite other processors having better specs, this specific feature on Intel processors can give them a run for their money.

Are more cores better for video editing?

Yes, when it comes to video editing performance, more cores do matter, and that’s why the dedicated hardware core from Intel plays such a big role in its improved video editing performance.

Does GPU improve video editing performance?

It may differ from software to software. Most programs rely more on processors but may use GPU for certain tasks.

Should I go for Ryzen Threadripper for video editing performance?

Threadripper is designed for workstations and comes with a hefty price tag. For video editing, consider AMD Ryzen 7 and 9 or Intel Core i7 and i9 processors with integrated graphics.

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