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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