I thought in the midst of AMD’s attempted comeback with the pre-release of the new high spec Ryzen CPU’s, I should help the viewers in whether they should pre order or not. The demand is quite evidently going to be very high during the launch period, so I am going to explain the reasons why you should and shouldn’t pre order this chip, before all the reviews come out.
Why You Should Pre Order
With the new CPU’s there are many compelling reasons why you may want to pre order. If your current CPU is older than 3 generations, from the Intel side, then I would recommend to consider pre ordering. However, I must add that you should really pre order form a retailer that is willing to give you a refund if you don’t like the purchase.
In comparison to the i7 7700k, the R7 1700 is most likely going to be the one you have your eyes on. With all the Ryzen CPU’s having 8 cores, it may seem too good to be true. The R7 1700 is priced at $30 less than the 7700K, making it a direct competitor.
By going for the red team, you are getting an extra 4 cores, with hyper-threading. In the CPU’s reveal a few days ago, they demonstrated how the 1700 can live stream with absolutely no dropped frames, whereas the 7700K while live streaming suffered noticeably.
Why You Shouldn’t Pre Order
Of course, AMD has been in the ground for the past decade, with Intel having 98% of the CPU market share. It does seem like Intel has nothing to lose, but the tech community at the moment has no idea how the Ryzen line up will stack up against normal, day to day tasks, and extreme benchmarking (except from Cinebench R15). You may have reason to be a bit wary of pre ordering, especially if you have no idea what you are buying into.
When thinking of upgrading, for the regular consumer that is, you should consider your current hardware. If your £200+ CPU has been manufactured in the past 3 years, then you don’t really need to upgrade.
In regards to the other higher specification models: the R7 1800 and 1800X, these essentially the same 8 core 16 thread cpus, however they overclock better. The biggest selling point I think personally, is that the top end 1800X (£500) gets 9% better overall score in Cinebench, but costs less than half of the price of Intel’s 6900k (£1050). If I were you, I would simply wait out the few weeks, just to see if the hype for the Ryzen CPU’s are worth it or not.