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I think even the most die hard Intel fan has to think long and hard on what $200 processor to buy. 4c4t with good IPC vs 6c12t almost as good IPC.

Dell/Lenovo/HP business machines will probably still sell a ton of i5's but from an enthusiast standpoint, you have to wonder if the i5's days are numbered.

Not trying to start a flame war, just a civil discussion on the future of i5's. Not trying to discredit them either, even a 2500K with a 750ti would make a wonderful rig for a young fellow.
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Simple quick answer is yes.
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Well from the start ... you *KNOW* that this is going to cause a flame war, right? thumb.gif

I don't think they're obsolete, necessarily, but their market has been significantly encroached upon. Lets face it - Ryzen offers a whole spectrum of very attractive options across the price points. They're not perfect, and are not the absolute choice for every circumstance, but a lot of people who were considering i5's, especially the budget locked ones for a build around $700 or so, will now be better served by an R5.

So where would an i5 7600k be the better choice? For someone who is strictly playing high refresh rate e-sports gaming on a budget, perhaps. For gaming up to 60hz at any resolution, Ryzen 5 is probably a better value option.

Still, I've had a quad core CPU since 2009, and even a hex core 1090t for a year in there. I'm 100% utterly opposed on principle to buying yet another CPU with 4cores and 4threads. The very least I would get is an i7 now, and in all likelihood I'll be getting an R5 1600 in the next couple months. I know that I'm not the only one who feels this way, so I wouldn't be surprised to see that i5 sales have declines since Ryzen 5's release, and will continue to sell but at a lower rate.
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Definitely showing their age but to say they are irrelevant is.....irrelevant.

Like my 2500k for instance. It still can max most games with a decent GPU. A year or two down the road it will be a different story.

Still not worth the money to upgrade in my case. I will wait until the new Intel chips hit to drive the price of Ryzen down.
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Nah.

I mean I probably wouldnt buy one myself right now after Ryzen 5 released, but most people who already have one from the 2500K and up probably still wont see a huge difference in upgrading to more cores at least for most gaming and average usage.

That will change, but it will be slower then people think I'm sure. Any publisher releasing a game requiring more then 4 threads isnt going to sell many games just yet.

Power user/professional/benchmarkers probably already have something with more threads anyway.
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