Up For Debate - Have you switched your PC gaming CPU brand recently?

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Jul 5, 2019 4:27 PM

Put together a new PC build and you’ve got yourself a binary decision when it comes to CPU brand, if not the specific CPU itself - Intel or AMD. It’s not the easiest decision to make, particularly in today’s market, but at some point, you’ve got to fall down on the side of one or the other. Both brands have plenty to offer at whatever price point you’re after, whether that’s top-end Intel Core i9 performance or the latest AMD Ryzen integrated chips.

Unfortunately, Intel as a brand has always been difficult to love. It is the epitome of bland. While Nvidia and AMD battle it out with Super RTX, Radeon Instinct, and Ryzen, Intel branding looks as if it was designed by your mate’s dad who thought Windows Vista was the best OS of all time. 

In the end, though, performance has always won through. Intel has been Captain Consistent for the past two decades. While AMD rise and fall like a wave pool, Intel soldiers on. Not sure which CPU to get in your new desktop or laptop? Get an Intel just to be safe.

Yet AMD’s wave is cresting once more. Generation after generation, AMD Ryzen is a growing force. If Ryzen didn’t get you, and you managed to resist Ryzen 2000, then the 7nm Ryzen 3000 series looks impossible to resist. While we’re still eagerly awaiting the definitive benchmarks, it looks likely as if AMD is going to blow Intel away in terms of price to performance.

With such a dramatic shift in the CPU market over the last two to three years, we’d expect the walls to come crashing down in terms of brand loyalty. There will always be those who are die-hard Intel or AMD fans, sticking to their favourite like a limpet. Yet there’s a contingent of floaters who can see through the fluff to find the best option for themselves and who have surely jumped ship for one reason or another in recent times.

However, despite AMD’s Ryzen power plays in recent years, AMD’s market share amongst Steam users is barely budging an inch. According to the latest Steam Hardware Survey, some 82% of PC gamers are using Intel CPUs, compared to just 18% for AMD. Considering the progress AMD has made with Ryzen, why aren’t more gamers opting for Team Red?

So we thought it would be interesting to find out just how much moving and shaking there is going on in the CPU market right now. Select whichever option applies for you in the poll and let us know why you chose Intel or AMD in the comments section below!

What was your last CPU upgrade path?

Which brands' CPUs have you owned?

Our favourite comments:

I wanted a threadripper simply for the fact that with 3D editing suiting it works a lot better. Regarding the 1920X, I really wanted to go for it but sadly in my country PC Parts are really expensive and it was more than double the price at the time of building my PC

bz2496

Always been on the blue team. From p4 to c2d, i7-2600, 4790K and now 8086K. But if i was to build a pc now i would go with AMD.

boiler88

I switched about a year and a half ago after living almost my entire life (the past 20 or so years) exclusively on Intel CPUs, while I mainly game, the fact that you get 90% of the performance at close to half the price of equivalent (or stronger) Intel cpu's sold it for me.

wrathfulwraith

Apart from when Windows downloaded a spectre update that crashed my pc, I have no regrets about switching to AMD. better performance per cost at the £200 level

risiblewilbury

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22:34 Jul-18-2019

I've just bought Ryzen 5 3600 to replace my 1600X, i think that it will push my RTX 2080 little bit harder.

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08:58 Jul-18-2019

Both Intel and Nvidia are hated brand cpmpared to amd and yet still they sell more than their compitition 'amd'.
I wonder why that is?

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20:55 Jul-19-2019

It is because people know they are the best in terms of all. Quality wise I beg to defer but performance when it comes to Nvidia people go for it. Intel still hold the most. Alot of people don't actually know AMD products so they go for Intel except us gamers who are clued up some novice gamers don't know unfortunately... ????

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17:06 Jul-14-2019

No. Every year new tech happen. Now ryzen. Next intel. I prefer to stay a little longer with what i have

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14:01 Jul-14-2019

I went from an i7 3820 to an i9 9900K, but I was very close to going with AMD this time around despite never having had an AMD cpu.

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16:43 Jul-13-2019

From i7-3770 to i7-9700k for gaming only...don't need cpu upgrade for the next years...an RTX until Christmas (RTX 2080 super or 2080ti) and i will be top notch for Cyberpunk :P

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16:31 Jul-13-2019

Still holding up to my 4690, with my 980ti I didn't have any problem on any game I played so far on ultra. So for now, (for me at least) no upgrade needed. As for what I will upgrade to, when the time comes.. I'll just get what gives me the best performance in games for my money, as always.

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11:29 Jul-14-2019

What games do you play?

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12:54 Jul-24-2019

New or old. I play on ultra 1080p 60fps, not more, compared with today's standards, on the settings I play, I don't have a problem with anything. Also don't forget that the performance gained in most games, is not worth it enough for me to change the whole rig (all now are DDR4, so I have to change everything)

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12:59 Jul-24-2019

Prices here are high, so the performance I'm gaining with a new cpu won't really worth the money im spending. New i5/7,16gb ram, mobo, thats easy 600e for nothing major in gaming performance. Ofc,some games have big performance increase, but most don't. So for now im holding to it,and when I wont be able to play ultra 1080p 60fps anymore, im changing the whole rig to something drastically better..

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15:12 Jul-12-2019

ive made the jump from i7 4790k to r9 3900x hope its a wise choice

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21:04 Jul-11-2019

I switch from core i5 4460 with H97 to Ryzen r3 1300x with A320 never been happier it so much quicker and cost very little but was worth it :)

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21:46 Jul-11-2019

I don't get why you 'upgraded' from 4cores/4threads to 4 cores/4 threads, why not a Ryzen 5 with 8 Threads or a Six core CPU?

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13:45 Jul-13-2019

for my uses it made no sense to do that also in my country the cost of those cpu's are to much.

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01:19 Jul-12-2019

And the next time you upgrade it will be either a Ryzen 5 1600 or you'll have to buy a new motherboard. Running Ryzen 7 CPUs on A320 is highly unrecommended and A320 doesn't support anything apart from Ryzen 1000 seires IIRC.

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13:47 Jul-13-2019

the A320 is not the C i have the Asus A320M-Gaming it was just cheap my machine was on it's way out anyway when i had the i5... I wanted something low powered but had enough performance.

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06:01 Jul-12-2019

I switched from the i5 4460, but i upgraded to a Ryzen 7 2700

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13:48 Jul-13-2019

Nice you most likely do alot of editing.

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21:02 Jul-11-2019

I am upgrading from the i7 2600K to ryzen 7 3700x tomorrow.

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16:10 Jul-11-2019

AMD since my first pc around 2008, both cpu and gpu. Upgraded that sad little thing in 2013 to a fx-8350 cpu and a r5 200 something. Then my upgrading spree starter in 2016 where I switched gpu and cpu every few months - r9 390x - gtx 1080 - ryzen 7 1700x - 1080 ti - i9 9900k - rtx 2080 ti. We will have to see what the future looks like. Would love to get a better cpu with the amd logo on it.

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22:56 Jul-10-2019

Not gonna lie... I'M SO GOING TO SWITCH !!!
ASAP !!!
ASAP = Probably in 2 years or so. :' )

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18:45 Jul-09-2019

Some Intel early 2002 > Athlon 64 3000+ 2006 > celeron g1820 2014 > i5 6500 2016 > i7 8700k 2018 and still have it, till ddr5 and if amd will be still in this spot im in red team again in long time :)

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15:58 Jul-08-2019

p4 1.6 ghz > amd athlon 64 x2 5400+ > i5 6600 > i7 7700 and my next cpu i think is red

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14:51 Jul-08-2019

want to jump from i5-4570 to 3600X, need to save up :D

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14:18 Jul-11-2019

4570 is still great tho.

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17:43 Jul-11-2019

Depends on what you do, for me its old trash.

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09:27 Jul-08-2019

I'm most likely going for a R7 3700X, been with this setup since 2011 and the only thing I upgraded since then is the GPU and a SSD for the OS so it's time to build a new PC, but i'll keep the GPU.

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16:20 Jul-07-2019

I recently went from an i7-4790 and an MSI Gaming GTX 970 to an R7 2700X and a Sapphire RX Vega 56 Pulse.

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13:16 Jul-07-2019

I always prefer Intel CPU before Ryzen. I only built one AMD system using A10-8750 for my mother. But upgraded my HTPC from i5-4460 to Ryzen 5 1600 2 years ago and last year I upgraded my gaming PC from i5-4690k to Ryzen 5 2600.

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11:57 Jul-07-2019

Intel Pentium 166Mhz -> AMD Athlon 3400+ -> Intel Quad-Core Q9XXX (don't remember exactly) -> AMD FX-8350 -> Ryzen 5 2600X. Quite a trip.

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23:53 Jul-10-2019

My ride: Pentium 133Mhz -> Pentium D805 -> Core 2 Quad Q6600 -> Phenom II X4 960T -> FX-6300 -> Pentium G4560 -> i5 7400 -> i7 8700 that was a trip, and now I really want a Ryzen 9 3900x after seeing the benchmarks. :D

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11:15 Jul-11-2019

Holy **** that's a lot of CPUs, dude.

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15:43 Jul-11-2019

I upgraded mostly because of some game. :D
Phenom to Fx because of Battlefield 4 and the G4560 to i5 because of Battlefield 1.
The i7 was just such a good deal i couldn't say no for 240€ new.

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01:19 Jul-07-2019

Ain't gonna lie... As soon as me and my bro save enough, we gonna build him Ryzen 3700X based system.
But when it comes to GPU, still not sure. Lets see how good new Radeon is first.

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00:12 Jul-07-2019

changed from i5 4460 to ryzen 7 2700X. the 8700k was too expensive and had to buy a cooler for it. so way more expensive... no problem with gaming so far with the ryzen 2700X and the Wraith Prism cooler is included and pretty cool to see

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Can They Run... |

Core i7-11800H 8-Core 1.90GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 8GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-6260U 1.8GHz UHD Graphics 620 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Gigabyte Windforce OC 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-2500 3.3GHz GeForce GTX 750 8GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-3470 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Inno3D Compact 3GB 12GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 MSI Ventus XS OC 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i3-9100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Radeon RX 470 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-10300H 4-Core 2.50GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i3-1005G1 2-Core 1.20GHz UHD Graphics 630 4GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i3-1005G1 2-Core 1.20GHz UHD Graphics 630 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Super Zotac Gaming AMP 6GB 16GB
50% Yes [6 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-7300HQ 4-Core 2.5GHz GeForce GTX 1050M Ti 4GB 12GB
Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Radeon HD 6670 v2 Gigabyte OC 1GB Edition 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-10400F 6-Core 2.90GHz Radeon RX 560 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB