Yes, this update is late. But you know what they say: “Better…”
AMD released two new Ryzen-based APUs for the AM4 socket. They are both targeted at budget gamers who want to game for cheap, and they are both excellent in that regard.
One of the more interesting announcements by AMD this year at CES was the confirmed upcoming release of Zen+, the successor to the Zen platform—and their accompanying new motherboard chipset, X470. Let’s take a look at these big announcements from AMD, and see what this means for first-generation Ryzen and Threadripper owners!
In early October, Intel launched its new Coffee Lake lineup of CPUs. In many ways, it’s a very exciting launch, with the entire range of CPUs receiving a core count upgrade for the first time since 2009.
However, the launch has also been plagued with some issues. Namely, availability has been extremely limited, with the most desirable CPUs selling out faster than most people can snag them.
As a result, we have been intentionally slow to add the new CPUs to the main computer parts list on our homepage. We don’t like recommended hardware that people cannot reliably buy.
That said, we are past due for addressing Coffee Lake, so this post should fully inform you of our thinking. Read all the gory analysis below:
Here it is… The Ryzen 7 update. This is going to be a long one.
Now, read on to get our full impressions and explanation for our placement of the Ryzen 7 chips.
The time has come for Intel’s Skylake CPUs to (almost completely) replace Haswell on the Logical Increments parts list. As a result, we have upgraded many of our motherboard recommendations to socket 1151, and our RAM recommendations to DDR4.