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Is this not the normal price?
A seller on Amazon had it for 299 the other day but I still feel like it's too expensive when it's not hyperthreaded. If AMD had been more competitive to start with, this would have been an i5 and there would have been no need for the new i9 naming scheme.
pcgamer201421/11/2019 18:45

Is this not the normal price?


Been looking for last 2 weeks or so and this is the lowest price I've found.
It's a good price so given heat - I'd personally hold fire until the end of the month deals though if you can wait.
Good radiator for winter.
The 3 camels agree that its the best it been. It's come down from 390 avg at the end of June. Good saving but I think we may see sub 300 for BF.
Is that worth waiting for? That's up to you.

Still definitely the best cpu for gaming alone (excluding the 9900k as it is a ridiculous price and only certain games can take advantage, some even perform worse.).
Good price, good find OP. Thanks. Heat.
Edited by: "Mugginz" 21st Nov 2019
Excellent gaming CPU, OCed mine to 5.2Ghz on Air, I think I got similar score win cinebench as Ryzen 2700
Giving heat, but it's been kicking around this point for the past week. Waiting (read hoping) that black/cyber weekend will bring to a new low.
Mugginz21/11/2019 19:37

The 3 camels agree that its the best it been. It's come down from 390 avg …The 3 camels agree that its the best it been. It's come down from 390 avg at the end of June. Good saving but I think we may see sub 300 for BF.Is that worth waiting for? That's up to you. Still definitely the best cpu for gaming alone (excluding the 9900k as it is a ridiculous price and only certain games can take advantage, some even perform worse.). Good price, good find OP. Thanks. Heat.


9900k needs some good cooling too!
Lucifer_UK21/11/2019 19:57

9900k needs some good cooling too!


Exactly. Good if you have room for it and really need the performance. Not so good of you are aiming for a near silent at idle build
Just checked camel camel camel and it's the lowest it's been for the last 12 months by quite a margin. Heat added.
Any thoughts on a good Z390 mobo to go with this cpu? Not too pushed on overclocking capability. Fast memory support and. 2+ m.2 slots ar a must.
ASUS Prime Z390-A seems a good fit. Other ideas? Or better yet first hand recommendations?
Mugginz21/11/2019 20:51

Any thoughts on a good Z390 mobo to go with this cpu? Not too pushed on …Any thoughts on a good Z390 mobo to go with this cpu? Not too pushed on overclocking capability. Fast memory support and. 2+ m.2 slots ar a must.ASUS Prime Z390-A seems a good fit. Other ideas? Or better yet first hand recommendations?


z390 can only manage 1 at nvme speeds mind.
Given the recent deals on nvme drives I wouldnt dream of buying a z390 board. I wouldnt anyway, but those deals are the nail in the coffin imo.
Mugginz21/11/2019 19:37

The 3 camels agree that its the best it been. It's come down from 390 avg …The 3 camels agree that its the best it been. It's come down from 390 avg at the end of June. Good saving but I think we may see sub 300 for BF.Is that worth waiting for? That's up to you. Still definitely the best cpu for gaming alone (excluding the 9900k as it is a ridiculous price and only certain games can take advantage, some even perform worse.). Good price, good find OP. Thanks. Heat.



1080p gaming? I was under the impression that at anything over 1080p there was no differences between the Ryzen chips and the comparable intels. And if you run more than one thing at the same time as gaming, (e.g multiboxing or watching films etc) my understanding is that the Ryzen chips are the only sensible choice?
DrABCD21/11/2019 21:22

1080p gaming? I was under the impression that at anything over 1080p there …1080p gaming? I was under the impression that at anything over 1080p there was no differences between the Ryzen chips and the comparable intels. And if you run more than one thing at the same time as gaming, (e.g multiboxing or watching films etc) my understanding is that the Ryzen chips are the only sensible choice?


Event at 1080p Intel is about 5 to10 % depending on the game. This will narrow as newer games make better use of multiple cores so I think overall Ryzen is better bet even for gaming.
r200ti21/11/2019 21:21

z390 can only manage 1 at nvme speeds mind. Given the recent deals on nvme …z390 can only manage 1 at nvme speeds mind. Given the recent deals on nvme drives I wouldnt dream of buying a z390 board. I wouldnt anyway, but those deals are the nail in the coffin imo.



I believe you may have been misinformed as I'm currently running 2 NVMe in my Z390 Aorus Master and they are both performing at NVMe speeds.

From the manual:
Due to the limited number of lanes provided by the Chipset, the availability of the SATA connectors may be affected
by the type of device installed in the M2. sockets. The M2M connector shares bandwidth with the SATA3 4, 5
connectors. The M2A connector shares bandwidth with the SATA3 1; the M2P connector shares bandwidth with
the PCIEX4 connector. The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2P connector. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2
mode when a PCIe SSD is installed in the M2P connector.

So you can get 3 x NVMe drives installed and all will work at NVMe speeds (with a reduced number of SATA ports and the PCIe x4 slot being reduced to PCIe x2).
DrABCD21/11/2019 21:22

1080p gaming? I was under the impression that at anything over 1080p there …1080p gaming? I was under the impression that at anything over 1080p there was no differences between the Ryzen chips and the comparable intels. And if you run more than one thing at the same time as gaming, (e.g multiboxing or watching films etc) my understanding is that the Ryzen chips are the only sensible choice?


Thanks for the feedback. Sorry didn't make my ask very clear.
Main gaming is at 1440p @target 100hz (Mon is 144hz capable but 100 is fine for my aging eyes). I also do some gaming in the TV at 4k, target is 60hz.
I have an rtx 2080, as I did a partial upgrade some time back. The rest of the system is approaching 3 years old. i7 6700k +16gb ram, 3 nvme (2!direct to mobo, 1 is is connected via add in pcie card in 2nd pcie 16x slot).
When I game that is all the machine is doing, minimal background processes.
pcgamer201421/11/2019 21:43

Event at 1080p Intel is about 5 to10 % depending on the game. This will …Event at 1080p Intel is about 5 to10 % depending on the game. This will narrow as newer games make better use of multiple cores so I think overall Ryzen is better bet even for gaming.


Thanks been considering a 3700x, but when you factor in an x570 mobo (which I want for more nvme and potential gpu upgrade down the line) there isn't much in the price between an Intel and AMD setup.
I certainly some newer games really taking advantage of those extra cores (physical and logical) but it's quite limited. RDR2 for example.

All in all, In the benches I've seen(multiple YouTube vids, guru3d site, THE, etc.), in the majority of games the Intel chip is a good 10-20% stronger. 9700k vs 3700x
Mugginz21/11/2019 23:30

Thanks for the feedback. Sorry didn't make my ask very clear.Main gaming …Thanks for the feedback. Sorry didn't make my ask very clear.Main gaming is at 1440p @target 100hz (Mon is 144hz capable but 100 is fine for my aging eyes). I also do some gaming in the TV at 4k, target is 60hz.I have an rtx 2080, as I did a partial upgrade some time back. The rest of the system is approaching 3 years old. i7 6700k +16gb ram, 3 nvme (2!direct to mobo, 1 is is connected via add in pcie card in 2nd pcie 16x slot).When I game that is all the machine is doing, minimal background processes.


No need to apologise mate. I’m just looking to upgrade my rig at the moment and everything I’ve read so far seems to suggest using a decent Ryzen, due to the lower costs. Negligible difference at 2k and above gaming and overall much better for everything else e.g video editing and multitasking / multi boxing. I do a bit of editing, and will also often run more than one game at once. And a film. So I think the Ryzen would suit me better
DrABCD21/11/2019 23:45

No need to apologise mate. I’m just looking to upgrade my rig at the m …No need to apologise mate. I’m just looking to upgrade my rig at the moment and everything I’ve read so far seems to suggest using a decent Ryzen, due to the lower costs. Negligible difference at 2k and above gaming and overall much better for everything else e.g video editing and multitasking / multi boxing. I do a bit of editing, and will also often run more than one game at once. And a film. So I think the Ryzen would suit me better


Defo sounds like the ryzen suits your use case better
Here's some of the data that helped me not make a decision yet

Digital foundry data. Worth looking at the frame time drops that occur on games you care about. Not just 1% or 0.1% lows that matter

Just raw game fps and system usage in this one but I found it useful to estimate which games utilise that near 100% mark. Some are scary close to the 100% on the Intel, temps a bit higher generally too. Not always bad but can lead to frame drops.


Rdr2 vids, DF data is pre cpu patch sadly, not sure on the GN data

Edited by: "Mugginz" 22nd Nov 2019
Decent price.

Even a used i7 8700k goes for 250-75 regularly on ebay which gets beat by the 9700k despite no HT. I've looked at many ways to get some value and performance and keep coming back to AMD, not even Xeons can help.
is it 8 cores 8 threads?
uly3322/11/2019 00:42

Decent price.Even a used i7 8700k goes for 250-75 regularly on ebay which …Decent price.Even a used i7 8700k goes for 250-75 regularly on ebay which gets beat by the 9700k despite no HT. I've looked at many ways to get some value and performance and keep coming back to AMD, not even Xeons can help.


So true! I wonder how long for though... When those in the know can currently buy (brand new) an 8 core 16 thread Ryzen 2700, B450 & 16GB Ram for just £253.94
39062877.jpgAnd if they spend a little more they can pick up the highly regarded MSI B450 Tomahawk Max for even better future proofing.
Edited by: "StinkingQuentin" 22nd Nov 2019
The Intel 9700k is still a very good CPU but when compared to AMD`s it`s pricing is the problem . £250 to £275 would be more realistic
Mugginz21/11/2019 23:57

Defo sounds like the ryzen suits your use case betterHere's some of the …Defo sounds like the ryzen suits your use case betterHere's some of the data that helped me not make a decision yet Digital foundry data. Worth looking at the frame time drops that occur on games you care about. Not just 1% or 0.1% lows that matter[Video] Just raw game fps and system usage in this one but I found it useful to estimate which games utilise that near 100% mark. Some are scary close to the 100% on the Intel, temps a bit higher generally too. Not always bad but can lead to frame drops. [Video] Rdr2 vids, DF data is pre cpu patch sadly, not sure on the GN data[Video] [Video]


Thanks! I’ll check this out
mreriksen21/11/2019 19:43

Excellent gaming CPU, OCed mine to 5.2Ghz on Air, I think I got similar …Excellent gaming CPU, OCed mine to 5.2Ghz on Air, I think I got similar score win cinebench as Ryzen 2700


Hi,

what kind of air cooler are you using to get that kind of overclock? Looking to pick up a 9700k in the next few days and want to overclock it. I have an nzxt h400i so cooler heigh is likely to be an issues so may go AIO and planning to pair it with Asus maximus xi gene (I have concerns about some of the cheaper MB's for this kind of cpu+OC) do you think this is maybe overkill?

Cheers for any advice.
kizzzle22/11/2019 16:16

Hi,what kind of air cooler are you using to get that kind of overclock? …Hi,what kind of air cooler are you using to get that kind of overclock? Looking to pick up a 9700k in the next few days and want to overclock it. I have an nzxt h400i so cooler heigh is likely to be an issues so may go AIO and planning to pair it with Asus maximus xi gene (I have concerns about some of the cheaper MB's for this kind of cpu+OC) do you think this is maybe overkill?Cheers for any advice.


I have been using MSI Frozr L, had be quiet dark rock 4 before but switched to MSI for aesthetic reasons. My temps are in mid 80s at full load (phanteks p600s case with all fan slots populated running ar 700rpm). Dunno if your mobo is overkill, but I don't think you really need that mobo unless you need the additional features it has or looking to do extreme overclocking.

You may need to got AIO route as h400 is not known for having good CPU cooling for air coolers, GPU temps are surprisingly good.
agreed, I had to go matx for my strix 1080ti for size and cooling (the mini itx case tend to choke the GPU's of this size. Ok cheers for the info I'm gonna go ahead and get this deal (its down to £304.19 now) and ill do a bit more research on the MB + cooler in the meantime.... I saw a few worrying reviews of the power phases of the cheaper boards, which was my main concern
Edited by: "kizzzle" 22nd Nov 2019
kizzzle22/11/2019 16:16

Hi,what kind of air cooler are you using to get that kind of overclock? …Hi,what kind of air cooler are you using to get that kind of overclock? Looking to pick up a 9700k in the next few days and want to overclock it. I have an nzxt h400i so cooler heigh is likely to be an issues so may go AIO and planning to pair it with Asus maximus xi gene (I have concerns about some of the cheaper MB's for this kind of cpu+OC) do you think this is maybe overkill?Cheers for any advice.


interesting video here from Linus about Air cooler vs AIO cooler - You will be surprised with the result!
Another interesting Video with the Noctua vs the Dark pro youtube.com/wat…50c
Lucifer_UK22/11/2019 16:53

Another interesting Video with the Noctua vs the Dark pro …Another interesting Video with the Noctua vs the Dark pro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLedk6al50c



I've seen some comparisions was surprised that theres not a great deal of difference, things have obviously improved somewhat in the last few years from my trusty 212evo its more the size of them thats the concern for me really I have space for a 240 rad at the front but thats pretty much my only intake too so not too sure what to do really :s
kizzzle22/11/2019 16:57

I've seen some comparisions was surprised that theres not a great deal of …I've seen some comparisions was surprised that theres not a great deal of difference, things have obviously improved somewhat in the last few years from my trusty 212evo its more the size of them thats the concern for me really I have space for a 240 rad at the front but thats pretty much my only intake too so not too sure what to do really :s


This is why case choice is so important. The market is more concerned with aesthetics and rgb than cooling and air flow nowadays lots of the cases are reliant on you choosing water cooling in some form. I would always opt for a good full tower, and that at least gives you room to play around. That being said - if you are going to oc, then maybe look at getting a bigger case even if its just a mid tower, and get a half decent air cooler and you should be able to get some good reliable speeds. Thermaltake tend to favour water cooling setups than air cooling, so there cases tend to look pretty. Coolermaster do some good big towers, and Bequiet I am fond of as they have dampening and good air flow. Corsair, dont tend to have such good air flow. Hope that helps.
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