For quite a few people, there was a sliver of hope that the new AMD line of Ryzen processors would re-ignite a rivalry with Intel. Mainly because the Core i7 line of processors haven't really changed all that much over recent years. GPUs, or Graphics Cards, on the other hand continue to grow from strength to strength. With a recent look at the new Ryzen 7 1800X processor from AMD, Ars Technica
, has concluded that it's a good choice for a high-performance workstation. But not so much for gaming.
In terms of pricing the Zen processor currently retails locally (as a pre-order) for $699, with the Intel Core i7-7700K going for $478. In terms of gaming performance the difference isn't drastic, as both CPU's seem to provide the same sort of performance.
There's a chance that Ryzen's gaming performance will improve over time thanks to driver updates and AMD's promised closer relationship with game developers. Or that the upcoming quad-core Ryzen chips can make up the performance via clock speed. And, if you're running at 4K or 1440p resolutions where you're resource limited on the GPU, not the CPU, the differences are less pronounced. But right here, right now, when over 90 percent of gamers run at 1080p or lower resolutions—as much as it pains me to say it—if I had to pick the best CPU purely for no-compromises gaming, I would pick an Intel Kaby Lake i7-7700K. Ryzen's gaming performance simply isn't up to snuff.
Be sure to check out the full review and breakdown of the CPU here