Can I Stream With An i5? – Gaming And Streaming

Want to know if it’s possible to stream with an Intel Core i5? In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about streaming with a Core i5.

Can we stream with a core i5? It is quite possible to stream with an i5. In fact, it is above all necessary to have a processor powerful enough to play in good conditions. A latest-generation Intel Core i5 will be able to do this without issue.

Streaming with a Core i5 is quite feasible, however, you will need to meet a few conditions to stream in good conditions. 

Streamer with an i5 in 2022

The arrival of the new Alder Lake processors from Intel, it brings a significant performance gain compared to previous generations based on the fineness of engraving in 14nm.

Thus, the i5 12600K is a processor quite capable of running any game at high frame rates. It is therefore also perfectly suited for streaming.

On slightly more modest processors like the i5 12400F, it also does very well in-game, which will allow you to set up a completely correct streaming configuration.

Requirements for streaming on Twitch with a Core i5

Core i5s have long been recommended for gaming over i7s and i9s. It was the time when games did not necessarily use a lot of cores and therefore having 4 cores and 4 threads was more than enough. 

Besides, if you want to know exactly how many CPU cores you need to play, I made a dedicated article on this subject to help you.

Indeed if we take a game like GTA 5 released in 2015 on PC, we can see that an i5 2500k still holds up. 

In 2020, with recent games, that’s not really the case anymore. The games are much better parallelized than before and therefore the use of the number of cores has greatly increased. 

If we take a more recent game like Assassin’s Creed Origin, the age of an i5 2500k begins to be felt, we don’t even reach 60 fps: 

And still, Assassin’s Creed Origin is not a hyper-recent game, so I let you imagine with AAA games of now. 

All that to say that if you want to stream with an i5 the first condition is to have a recent i5. 

Not necessarily the latest generation, but an i5-8400 will do the trick. 

Before the 8th generation, the i5s are 4c/4T processors which strongly limits their potential. Unless you want to stream easy-to-run games: CS: GO, Rocket League, Valorant, Fortnite, and so on. 

You, therefore, need at least 6 physical cores with hyperthreading if possible if you want to play modern games in good conditions. 

The second condition is to use NVENC hardware encoding. For that, you will have to opt for a graphics card from Nvidia (sorry AMD fans). 

You absolutely must have a recent Nvidia card, RTX series, or the GTX 1600 series. 

The poor Core i5 will not be able to support running a game and at the same time encoding the streaming video stream. 

Afterward, if you already have your machine with a Core i5 in it, I hope for you that it is relatively recent, otherwise, you can get it by buying an Nvidia graphics card. For the others who are trying to see which processor they will put in their machine, there I can tell you that there is no picture. 

Core i5 or Ryzen 5: AMD in the lead

The Ryzen 5 3600 is the all-around champion in terms of value for money. The era of AMD being behind is largely over, and today AMD processors are overwhelmingly a better choice than Intel. 

In practice, the Ryzen 3600s will perform slightly worse than an i5 9600k in-game. 

However, the difference is quite negligible. Between 5 and 10% less performance than an i5 9600K. 

The problem is that these figures are more theoretical than practical. Indeed the difference can be seen when we associate these CPUs with an RTX 2080 Ti to eliminate any bottleneck due to the GPU. I also have a technique to eliminate CPU bottlenecks (or bottlenecks in English) in this article.

In practice, nobody does that, because pairing a high-end graphics card with a mid-range CPU doesn’t make sense. And therefore, the difference will be much lower or even imperceptible with a graphics card of the same caliber.  

As a result, we have processors that have roughly the same performance in-game, including one that is missing hyperthreading and costs more. 

It’s not for nothing that the Ryzen 3600 has been so popular and recommended by PC builders lately. 

That said, buying an i5 9600K is not bad in itself, for streaming this processor will do the trick and you will gain a little performance compared to a 3600. The problem is, I’d rather you invest more in a good graphics card than a slightly more capable CPU in-game. 

Conclusion: The Core i5 for streaming is possible but optimal

If you meet the two conditions: have a recent i5 and an Nvidia graphics card, you will be able to stream. However, you will understand that I do not recommend that you do so. 

Already because the recent Core i5’s lack of hyperthreading is a big problem for the future.

Future games will be optimized with 8c/16t consoles and therefore your unfortunate 6c/6t will start to suffer in the next few years. 

Add to that the lack of competitiveness in terms of price, and you have, in my opinion, not the best processors to buy. Not to mention the fact that the platform is at the end of its life, all of this makes me move away from Core i5s in 2020.

Afterward, if the damage is already done, it doesn’t matter .

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