PC Advisor



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.

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