AMD’s latest Ryzen processors offer a worthy challenge to Intel’s high-end enthusiast socket 2011 v3 processors, but when it comes to gaming a decent Intel quad core system is still currently the configuration of choice.
Of course, this may change as software and drivers are optimised to take better advantage of Ryzen’s multiple cores.
An Intel Core i7-7700K processor such as the one found in Chillblast’s Fusion Adamantium 3 is still the one to beat when it comes to the ultimate gaming processor, although stepping down to the Core i5-7600K can be very cost effective, especially when overclocking is employed as in YoyoTech’s BlackBox SP. Both of these systems come highly recommended.
From the Ryzen camp, Overclockers UK have built a formidable system in the form of the Titan Falcon, which makes efficient use of less expensive components through overclocking, so deliver an excellent value for money proposition – just configure it with a more powerful graphics card if you want to match the frame rates of the Nvidia-based challengers in this group test. It also comes with that superb three-year warranty.
Wired2Fire’s Pyro Ryzen DG cuts no corners in its selection of premium component and performs very well, but is a little pricey, while Mesh’s Ryzen 7 Gaming PC-A is probably the best looking system for the bunch, but is let down by its slower SATA SSD and choice of operating system.