Originally Posted by Tojara
I can see that if you upgrade every year or two, but for 90%+ of the gaming market people hold onto their hardware for even four or five years. For them having six cores with 90% of the single thread performance of a four core CPU is a no-brainer. Even more so for anyone who even dabbles in programs that can use the extra cores, records gameplay, etc, etc.
This pretty much, I knew my 5960x isn't a Skylake, but its single threadedness is still 90% of Skylake with twice the cores.
I hope Zen does this, bring the octocore into the $350-$500 realm. You can only get so much IPC after 30+ years of CPU iterations, but, adding cores is easy, increasing IPC is not.