QOTW: Has 2nd Gen Ryzen done enough to sway you towards AMD?

by Parm Mann on 20 April 2018, 16:31

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AMD finally returned to the races last year with the launch of its Ryzen processor series. The chips, based on an all-new Zen architecture, were some of the best we've seen from the Santa Clara outfit in quite some time, and certainly gave rival Intel food for thought.

You could say that Ryzen has revitalised the desktop CPU industry, but as is often the case with wholly new products, early bugs and an immature ecosystem counted against AMD hardware, leaving plenty of onlookers awaiting a second-generation refresh.

That time has come, with 2nd Gen Ryzen hitting store shelves this week touting under-the-hood improvements and a better prepared cast of supporting motherboards and chipsets. Our experience with the new hardware has thus far suggested that last year's kinks have been ironed out, but given the arrival of 8th Gen Intel Core, competition is fiercer than ever before.

You've seen the benchmarks, you know the lay of the land, so now let us ask: has 2nd Gen Ryzen done enough to sway you towards AMD? Let us know using the comments facility below.



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I have finished with my build for now but currently have a project going with my brother in law for a gaming rig, the single core performance still has him wanting the 8700k I am afraid. As some people have said here, whilst AMD are doing a great job with professional multi core workloads, unless they can actually beat Intel by a noticeable difference in gaming performance for a similar or better price, not as many people as AMD would like are wanting to bite. It is sad but true, I did the same thing with my rig, I ended up getting the 7700k instead of the 1800x.
It's definitely on my shortlist for the next rig, but that'll (hopefully) be far enough out that ryzen 3 will be available

EvilCycle
I have finished with my build for now but currently have a project going with my brother in law for a gaming rig, the single core performance still has him wanting the 8700k I am afraid. As some people have said here, whilst AMD are doing a great job with professional multi core workloads, unless they can actually beat Intel by a noticeable difference in gaming performance for a similar or better price, not as many people as AMD would like are wanting to bite. It is sad but true, I did the same thing with my rig, I ended up getting the 7700k instead of the 1800x.

Intel can't beat intel with a noticeable difference in gaming, even an i3 won't be a noticeable bottleneck these days
EvilCycle
I have finished with my build for now but currently have a project going with my brother in law for a gaming rig, the single core performance still has him wanting the 8700k I am afraid. As some people have said here, whilst AMD are doing a great job with professional multi core workloads, unless they can actually beat Intel by a noticeable difference in gaming performance for a similar or better price, not as many people as AMD would like are wanting to bite. It is sad but true, I did the same thing with my rig, I ended up getting the 7700k instead of the 1800x.

The thing with the single threaded performance is that it becomes irrelevant on anything above 1080p, but no outlets seem to want to show that. Hexus is one of the few that does test multiple resolutions. If you are going above 1080p (which you should be with a CPU like this) the difference is almost 0.
I'm still considering the APU route as an interim.
For me it's a yes, multi threaded workload for me on this “work” pc. 8c 16t will be a decent upgrade from my 6c 12t machine based on x58/X5645/24 gig DDR3