Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Mar 2017 22:48 UTC

Realistically, nobody should have expected Ryzen to be king of the hill when it comes to gaming. We know that Broadwell isn't, after all; Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake parts both beat Broadwell in a wide range of games. This is the case even though Skylake and Kaby Lake are limited to four cores and eight threads; for many or most games, high IPC and high clock speeds are the key to top performance, and that's precisely what Kaby Lake delivers.

In spite of this, reading the various reviews around the Web - and comment threads, tweets, and reddit posts - one gets the feeling that many were hoping or expecting Ryzen to somehow beat Intel across the board, and there's a prevailing narrative that Ryzen is in some sense a bad gaming chip. But this argument is often paired with the claim that some kind of non-specific "optimization" is going to salvage the processor's performance, that AMD fans just need to keep the faith for a few months, and that soon Ryzen's full power will be revealed.

Both parts of this reaction are more than a little flawed.

I'm just glad there's finally competition in the desktop processor space again. Intel started to charge some outrageous prices these past few years, but if you wanted the best performance, you really didn't have much of a choice.

With Ryzen, AMD is showing the world it's back on track. It might not be there yet in every aspect, but it's an amazingly promising start.

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Even though my current system is fast enough for my needs, it does not have usb3 support or sata3 support and is short of memory (by todays standards).

Considering that it will cost me more money to get ddr2 memory for my system, in lieu of DDR4 and as well, a faster wireless connection, I am staying with my decision to upgrade.

My current system has new power supply (old one failed) and fan replacements (also failures). I'm sure that it's ok as a backup system. I actually hope to turn it into a 'Headless server' for a home network and for my retirement hobby.

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You are right, the cost of DDR2 really went up. It seems manufacturers stopped making it and now it's worth a premium compared to newer ram.

I upgraded my computer from 4 to 8GB ram because I wanted to run more VMs and it kept running out. I also had to get a new monitor since the old one died, but now I can't play videos full screen because evidently my system struggles with the resolution. I'm not sure if a video card upgrade is in order or if should just ditch the whole rig for something new.

For better or worse, I upgrade my servers far more than my own PC, haha.

You're from Montreal, eh? Is that where you are retiring? Years ago I applied to matrox out there (remember them?), Montreal is probably where I'd be now if I had got the job.

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