Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Saint Simons Island, GA
Yes, as I've stated countless times, gaming is really a poor indicator of CPU performance and is not really the main reason you should be considering a new CPU in the first place (edge case scenarios like 144+Hz monitors etc notwithstanding). Since I'm slowly rebuilding my main sig rig I've been gaming exclusively on my old system with a 2600K and 1600MHz DDR3 and my gaming experience is just fine even though the platform is 6 years old. Basically, any high end Intel CPU since SB is adequate for 99% of gaming needs and the real determining factor for your experience will be the GPU. My 2600K rig, for instance, is running a 270X so I can't push 1440p maxed like I can with my OG Titans, but at 1080p its fine. The R7's are much stronger gamers than my 2600K and are within parity of Haswell-E while allowing for similar OCing. And for only $329 the 1700 rivals the experience of a 5960X in basically any task with better SMT functionality in productivity work loads. I personally can't grasp how getting a 5960X for $329 is in any way, shape, or form a fail but there are some seemingly strange opinions going around here (and in the tech media) concerning Ryzen it would seem. Change the name from AMD Ryzen to intel i7 and the media would be doing backflips that they were giving us 8C / 16T workstation powerhouses for $329 but because its AMD every scenario were it comes up short to Intel is magnified and overblown with hyperbolic statements like it "sucks" for gaming or it "struggles" at 1080p etc.
Intel Core i7 4930K @ 4.7GHz | Asus Rampage IV Extreme | 2 x EVGA GTX Titan SC (1254MHz) | 16GB Patriot Viper Extreme DDR3 2133MHz (4 x 4GB) | Corsair AX1200 | Silverstone Temjin TJ11 | Corsair Force 3 240GB (System) | 2 x Intel 320 160GB SSD (Dedicated Gaming Drives) | Hitachi Deskstar 1TB (Data) | MS Windows 10 Pro | EK Supreme HF/FC-Titan/Rampage IV Extreme blocks | Hardware Labs GTX 560/240 rads | Alphacool VPP-655 D5 pump | Bitspower mod kit/pump top/fittings/120mm res