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PostPosted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:25:38    Post Subject: 2017 CPU Price War Thread Reply with quote View Single Post

I won't be pre-ordering or buying right away, but like everyone else I'll be watching for 3rd party benchmarks and mobo reviews. Still two days away, but judging by massive Intel price cuts visible at Microcenter, Ryzen is the real deal. Finally something to get excited about!

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PostPosted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:55:54    Post Subject: Reply with quote View Single Post

Thinking about it... I haven't built a new PC in years. My desktops have an i3 3225 and a 3245, an i7 3770, and the most recent would be a i5 4670 which is still 3-4 years old! Yikes
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PostPosted: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:26:29    Post Subject: Reply with quote View Single Post

Time flies! Really it's how good the older builds are that prevent us from justifying new ones Laughing

It would be great if this was AMD's i7-920 and they succeeded in not just lowering Intel's prices, but actually clawing back a chunk of the enthusiast market. If a significant number of people start upgrading, it means more competitiveness across the board: better prices, better components, better features, better information. I'm probably getting my hopes up for a new golden age of PCs, but will definitely be watching the AM4 story unfold this year!
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PostPosted: Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:59:33    Post Subject: Reply with quote View Single Post



Ryzen launch day. Pored through many reviews, the tech press doesn't seem as enthusiastic as the enthusiasts. Predicatably the gamer sites are the least generous with their praise, "this isn't an i7-7700K killer" or "failed to meet our expectations." Maybe I've really been out of the loop, but AMD trading punches with high-end Intel is great news.

Somewhat underwhelmed also are the overclocking sites, their focus isn't on performance per dollar of the Ryzen7 1700 or 1700X, but on the lower headroom. Overclocking sites are coming across as dishonest the way they're not focussing on the value proposition of these new CPUs. Overclocking used to be all about value, not heavily sponsored "stars" going for world records; just some guy rigging $600 worth of stuff to perform like $1200 worth of stuff without breaking anything.

Nonetheless, I'm guessing initial Ryzen sales will be brisk, with more Intel price cuts and improvements to performance certain to follow.
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