Shopping for new CPU before the end of the year?

Subject: Processors | October 26, 2018 - 05:48 PM |
Tagged: Intel, and, ryzen, Threadripper, HEDT, coffee lake

The Tech Report took a look at the current market and are now offering their opinion on which ones you should consider.  The question is more complicated than simply buying the most expensive AMD or Intel processor you can afford; not many of your games are CPU limited and even those that are will see more benefit if you switch the API being used.  Read on for a variety of suggestions at various price points as well as why picking up a top end processor might actually give you less performance.

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"Choosing a CPU for a gaming PC can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. We walk you through the types of gaming experiences where CPUs matter and where they don't, and we pick chips for every budget that make the most of today's powerful graphics cards."

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October 26, 2018 | 07:08 PM - Posted by StockMarketsGoneInsanelately (not verified)

look at the first generation Ryzen prices and if you are not that much into 1080P gaming at the highest refresh rates then the Ryzen 7 1700($179) and the 1700X($190) and 1800X($200-240)pricing is bad news for Intel's quad core offerings.

The 6 core Ryzen 1000 series processors are even lower and the MB/CPU package deals are really going to fustigate Intel's non overclockable midrange offerings.

Yes even this year's Ryzen 2000 series are on sale below MSRP and the CPU/MB package deals are crazy good also if your budget does not add up to Intel's even more inflated shortage pricing and the retailers playing the same game with Intel's latest that they did on GPUs when supplies where restricted.

Now is the time to watch for better first generation Thredripper 12 core pricing after Oct 29 when the 24 core 2970WX and 12 core 2920X($649) SKUs arrive. The 1920x is running in the $419-$427 and Amazon has some crazy $50 more dollars off its $427 1920x offering.

Black Friday is going to be insane this year and the AM4 MB/Ryzen CPU combo deals are just getting better and hopefully there will be more TR 1920x/X399 combo deals also.

October 28, 2018 | 04:18 PM - Posted by CPU1440p (not verified)

So the best CPU choice for a 165hz 1440p Gsync monitor would be?

October 28, 2018 | 07:13 PM - Posted by LikeAMDnow (not verified)

I'm glad to see the focus on AMD products. First, they are technically very competitive, generally leading the field across all apps and even in a few extreme gaming benchmarks, and in all cases at much better performance per dollar.

BUT even where Intel will get you a few more FPS, AMD is the only real choice. Consider that it's a comparatively tiny, struggling firm that somehow miraculously came back and reignited competition in this field. Without AMD we'd be doomed to stagnation and low-core count 10%/yr increases forever.

==> If you buy Intel now you are literally voting for that.

Instead, put your upgrade or replacement $$ where it will really count now AND for the future. Give AMD the support it has earned. Don't let Intel subvert the market again, and buy you off with what little extra performance they can squeeze from their aging designs. We've been given a second chance here so let's take it.

October 28, 2018 | 09:15 PM - Posted by TooL (not verified)

I'll never understand why some people care what others do with their own money.

October 29, 2018 | 05:10 AM - Posted by lololol (not verified)

Maybe because that's because of those other people being stupid with their money that we had 8 years of 350€ quad cores and now have 1200€ high end GPU instead of 650.

Just maybe.

October 31, 2018 | 07:57 PM - Posted by chipman (not verified)

Because they are losers with empty pockets.

October 30, 2018 | 06:56 AM - Posted by Johan SteynJohan Steyn (not verified)

People will blindly keep on supporting Intel. People only care about themselves and more importantly, about the now and here. They just don't give a damn if in five years time, AMD disappears and we only have a stagnated Intel again. They just feel zero. That is why we have stupid comments like in this thread.

Reviewers even feel less. As long as Intel keep filling their pockets, they would sell their souls gladly. This evil will just continue unbridled. Maybe Intel might get another slap on the wrist of $1B fine, but highly unlikely. They get away with murder.

So, no, I do not care what you do with your money. I do care though about the future, something you care zero about.

October 30, 2018 | 03:11 PM - Posted by TooL (not verified)

I care about the future also, hence investing in BOTH companies.

As far as buying a cpu, their performance shows the clear winner.

Don't let your emotions get the best of you.

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