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h.265 Encoding

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MoAshour, Oct 24, 2018.

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  1. MoAshour

    MoAshour Thread Starter

    Oct 24, 2018
    Hello, Everyone
    I was wondering what the absolute best machine I can build if I wanted to encode/transcode multiple files at once in h.265. I am especially focused on what CPU to choose, whether or not I should opt for more cores or higher clock speeds.
    Thank you very much.
  2. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    Encoding is all (for the most part) cpu. You will want the fastest cpu that fits your budget. I've only used quad cores, but I would expect encoding tools would use all available cores. I know the tools that I've used do actually use all four.

    Check motherboard/cpu reviews. All decent reviews run a series of tests (including encoding) to show cpu performance.

    Also, you would be better served queing and processing one file at a time (not multiple files). Most tools will max a cpu processing a single file. Working multiple files at once will still max the cpu, but each file will be sharing the cpu. It will also likely hurt performance as it will increase HDD access.
  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    If you are new to building, go intel i7. If you are an experienced builder, go ryzen 2700X. Ryzen has incredible multicore performance however ryzen systems need careful tuning in the bios to achieve said performance. I have two personal systems here; an intel 7600K [overclocked to 4.5 gig] and a ryzen 1700X [overclocked to 3.9gig] On a single core benchmark, the intel has a slight advantage [not surprising since it is clocked quite a bit higher] On multicore benchmarks, the ryzen system literally blows the intel out of the water. Doubling the cinebench cpu score. It is like the intel system should not even have come to the party.

    In short, if you just want to slap parts together and have it work, go intel. If you are the type of guy who likes to work on things and does not mind making a lot of bios changes, updates, etc, then go ryzen.
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