When you look at physical, in game results, the 7700k seems to perform better- and it does.
Most games today, like the lower core, higher single thread, and easier-to-access power of Intel CPUs. The performance difference in single thread between them and AMDs Ryzen, is about 15% (depending on clock speeds and how you measure it). So for games that only use 4 cores well, you see a 10 to 15% performance bump.
For games made today, in general, Intel CPUs are higher/better performing. That is fact.
However, when you look at CPU usage during these games- the Intel CPUs (and I'm referring to the non workstation socket ones), are pegged to 100%. They are running as fast and as hard as they can, using every last resource they can muster. They have ZERO head room left, nada, zilch, nothing. When you look at AMDs Ryzen though, nearly half the CPU is completely unused. These CPUs aren't breaking a sweat, are barely being touched, and are only 10 to 15% behind in benchmarks that only use half of their power.
My point is, the current consoles run 8 core CPUs, and both Vulcan and DirectX12, that the games are being made on top of for PC from here on out, can utilize all the power of AMDs Ryzen. Ryzen has room to do more, where what the quad cores Intel have right now do not. If someone gets a 7700k right now- they're metaphorically shooting themselves in the foot, because in 4 or 5 years. That Intel CPU they bought is going to be a good 40% behind what the Ryzen CPU they could've bought at the time could do. Even further down the road, there will be games that the 4 core Intel literally can not and wil not even launch, because it doesn't meet the minimum core count requirement for a game. Where, it's not even a artificial cut off, the game doesn't know how to handle running all that on 4 cores.
If you want to still game 5 years from now, on the same CPU, buy AMDs Ryzen.
For some of you that may seem dumb, but "We'll I'll just get a new system then" isn't an option for everyone. Blowing three grand a PC, and 650$ on a graphics card, like it's pocket change, isn't a realistic path for most. To be more realistic, spending 650$ on a PC isn't a option for most people, but when it is, they want it to last as long as possible. I stil buy 25$ Phenom II x6's for 200$ budget builds for people- because that's what they can afford, and you know what? That Phenom made no obvious sense to buy at the time it came out, just like the Ryzen 5/7, but guess what- it's still usable today.
Edited by SEANIA, 15 August 2017 - 06:52 PM.