We're on the eve of a major hardware reshuffle. AMD is launching its next generation of Ryzen 2000 Series processors on April 19th, designed to go toe-to-toe with Intel's finest 8th-Gen Coffee Lake chips. The prices and specs are now out in the wild, but which CPU is the best buy for gamers in 2018?
Now, we're just talking raw performance here as it's simple enough to pick the most expensive option. Instead, we're looking at the CPU which the ever-knowledgeable GD community believes offers the best bang for your buck. The CPU that offers fantastic value alongside top-tier performance, and preferably not something that's going to have to be upgraded 18 months down the line.
Just to keep things simple we’re going to stick with the officially announced AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs and their direct Intel equivalents. Intel has heaps more processors in its Coffee Lake range than AMD does in its Ryzen 2 range, but this should help the poll to be more analogous.
|CPU||Cores/Threads||Base/Boost speeds (GHz)||TDP||Price|
|AMD Ryzen 7 2700X||8C/16T||3.7/4.35||105W||$329|
|Intel Core i7-8700K||6C/12T||3.7/4.7||95W||$329|
|AMD Ryzen 7 2700||8C/16T||3.2/4.1||65W||$299|
|Intel Core i7-8700||6C/12T||3.2/4.6||65W||$299|
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600X||6C/12T||3.6/4.2||95W||$229|
|Intel Core i5-8600K||6C/6T||3.6/4.3||95W||$243|
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600||6C/12T||3.6/3.9||65W||$199|
|Intel Core i5-8600||6C/6T||3.1/4.1||65W||$224|
These are the very basic specs and pricing, and of course a little of this is conjecture without actually getting our hands on Ryzen 2000, but which of this bunch do you think would be the best CPU to put in a new gaming build in 2018?
Get voting in the poll below and let us know why in the comments! Flame on!