After being with AMD from Athlon through AMD64, then with Intel since Core 2, I have zero brand loyalty. I don't want this thread to be an argument.
I'm passing down my current 7700k/Hero IX build to my son and building another for myself. After many years of hard overclocking, the last 4 years have been a plug n play, AIO water, modest overclocking, kind of situation. I have little time to tinker and focus my limited PC time on gaming and productivity.
That all said, I was about to pull the trigger on a new 9900k/Hero XI/2080 Ti Strix build. Then today's 9900k reviews came out and everyone is hating on it. Fast yes, but HOT, a poor over clocker, and expensive compared to the 2700X. My old AMD roots are calling me back home now. But I also see many posts all around the internet of niggling issues that seem more prevalent with AMD. From memory not running rated speeds (not highly overlocked), to boards with weird functionality issues, I'm just leery to jump in. In the old days I enjoyed the AMD side of things and finding solutions was no problem (anyone remember the VIA KT133 chipset problems??) Anyways, I need a quick assembly, easy modest overlocking build. Is AMD super ready for prime time?
Mr. Fox wrote:
I would be leery to jump in as well, for the reasons you mentioned. AMD offers good value and the new 2700X is a decent CPU.
I am not a brand advocate. I make choices based on what best serves my needs. While price is important, it is may not be the most important thing to consider. It is not the most important for me. It is mostly a personal decision. If you enjoy overclocking, or you are planning to get into that, then the 9900K (or other unlocked Intel CPU) is the best choice. While the Zen processors are powerful, they do poorly at overclocking. Since overclocked benching is my bag, these are not a good option for me. If you're a gamer, the Intel processors do better at that for the most part as well.
The Zen and TR processors are probably the smarter option for a server or business workstation where gaming and overclocking are not super important and the primary focus is on stock CPU performance.