Originally Posted by Blameless
Core-for-core, modern Intel parts are faster in x265, but AMD has the edge dollar-for-dollar.
If thinking about it as a pure x265 encoding box the newest consumer 8 core without hyperthreading from Intel might beat out AMD in performance/dollar too, of course it would be slower for some other things, but x265 is very well optimized for Skylake-X and its newer derivatives.
But if that is too much money it gets a lot more complicated and you need to consider the entire build at the same time to really pick a value/dollar. I would probably go with a 2700X over anything slower than a 9700 but there is no way I would not wait for a Ryzen 3000. I REALLY want to see some Zen 2 x265 benchmarks... but what I want even more is to see them in a year, after the team has had more time to optimize for Zen 2.
I suspect a 16 core Zen 2 will be a very very fast x265 encoding box by the end of the year, but it is not available quite yet.
Originally Posted by skitz9417
720p 30fps im just wondering would upgrading be worth it because i use the medium preset and crf at 24
Is upload bandwidth expensive for you? I only ask because while CRF 24 is ok when you watch it, it is not very good after another reencode (which will happen). Upgrading to the slow preset at crf 21, hopefully not slower with a new CPU, could offer a big quality improvement for your viewers. Slow is a big improvement over medium by itself.