Was anyone really expecting anything different?
7700k equivalency in gaming isn't bad per-se but it's a far cry from a 9900k, although as others have mentioned this will mean less and less as resolution increases. Running at minimum resolution basically allows one to say 'hey, so long as my GPU isn't producing above 'x' FPS at MY resolution, this CPU will game just fine' which is nice and all for 99.99% of users.
For those of us who are edge-cases, where refresh rates can top 200 and each ms counts, having a CPU that is great at running games 4k means nothing when it cannot produce very high average and especially minimum framerates. Due to this, along with a couple other issues native to AMD CPU's, I suspect intel will remain the professional gamer's choice of CPU.
When it comes to streaming however, AMD had a strong showing with even the 8 core 2700X due to its ability to manage the workload well and not impact gaming performance too much. Even with a 9900k and ‘fast’ preset it is possible to feel the stuttering and jitter from the PC trying to software encode while playing. In an ideal world, with so many cores, the processor would automatically segregate these tasks between cores so not to ‘switch’ back and fourth and create potential performance issues. In reality even a CPU such as the 7980XE can be a mess if not configured properly.
I am hoping to see the 3800X really shine by the time it releases, if they can manage to allow for anywhere near 5ghz (OC) with 12 cores they may solve some of their FPS/latency issues, but I don’t know that they will be the 100% performance champion of this generation until we see numbers that really highlight that.
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