With these "ground rules" in mind, we can look at a few options for the best processor for video editing. Fortunately, given the complex differences among processors of different types – and how these differences may affect video editing – many computer companies, independent analysts, and others have run tests of video editing software using different CPUs. In the end, it is the best way to pin down differences; theoretical comparisons are less precise.
Here is one list of four main processor families with the overall right power and other capabilities (but not more than needed, which drive up costs):
Intel Core 9th Gen (up to 8 cores, $499 max MSRP)
Intel Core X-series (up to 18 cores, $979 max MSRP)
AMD Ryzen (up to 16 cores, $749 max MSRP)
AMD Ryzen Threadripper (up to 32 cores, $1,999 max MSRP)
(Please see reference at the end of this article.)
Let's begin by clarifying some terms.
What does it mean that the "Intel Core 9th Gen" has "up to 8 cores?" For many years, computer CPUs had a single core or processing unit (or "brain"). Today, as computing power capabilities keep mounting, many computers have multi-core processors. Each such core increases the computing potential of the CPU. As Intel puts it: In terms of speed of processing "you might think it's the number of cores, but for the most part desktop Core i5 processors have four cores, just like i7s. Intel Core i7 processors generally have faster base clock speeds" – that means, more gigahertz.
What is "MRSP"? That one isn't technical, of course, and you've seen it when you've shopped for an automobile: Manufacturer's suggested retail prices. (Finally, a simple concept!)
The computers listed, of course, are within product lines with overlapping price points, so these represent not "all" options, but rather suggest the power range (range of cores) and cost range that you are looking at to get what you need. Remember that higher price in computers does not translate automatically into faster processing.
All of these CPUs would be adequate to get good performance out of your video editing software. To some extent, though, that does depends upon your workflow (how many videos, how much playback, how many you will be exporting). These recommendations are aimed at the individual wishing to use professional quality (or business level) video editing software – not international film production companies or other firms in that category.