Which CPU should you buy right now?
Most buyers will be better off buying an Intel 7th Generation (or above) processor like the Core i7 7700K (Amazon) as it costs $200 less than Ryzen’s best 1800X (Amazon) processor and, as far as most general-usage tasks go, it performs better. It also doesn’t require having your PC set up for Maximum Performance - which is not healthy for power bills.
AMD deserves a great deal of credit for coming back from nowhere to match Intel and produce some interesting technology but its claims of matching Intel for dramatically less money are somewhat misguided. If we’re talking general day-to-day usage, Intel’s platform is both faster and cheaper.
However, the math here changes dramatically if you regularly need your PC to perform the following tasks:
3D Rendering or video encoding
Playing a game where performance is boosted by multiple cores
Streaming your games online without using a separate computer
In these instances, Ryzen will be worth paying the premium for as it won’t just enhance your enjoyment but save you a lot of time - and potentially money as well. You can find the full Ryzen range on Amazon here.
This article was originally published on 3rd March 2017 by Nick Ross. It was updated 9th May 2019 by Fergus Halliday.