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This is the first enthusiast grade AMD CPU powered system that I have built for myself in many years, but with the arrival of AMD's next-gen Zen 2 architecture and its improvements in countless ways, it was time to make the switch.
AMD's new Ryzen 3000 series CPU family are the first processors from AMD that have just wiped the floor in so many ways -- I mean, we have 7nm while Intel is on 14nm. The new X570 boards have PCIe 4.0 connectivity, EVERY motherboard with an Intel chipset on the market has PCIe 3.0. IPC performance that either gets close to, matches, or beats the price-equivalent Intel CPU.
For an enthusiast, I want as many cores as you can throw at me but the gamer and ultra-enthusiast in me wants higher CPU clock speeds so I have every part in my machine either being the best on the market, or overclocking to past that point. I want to ensure I'm getting every frame I can get.
I've been running an Intel Core i7-8700K for the past few years until the Core i9-9900K arrived so I made the switch, and now into the Ryzen 7 3700X. Like the 9900K I still maintain my 8C/16T but I gain near identical gaming performance (which matters to me) but I get the new X570 chipset which has PCIe 4.0.
Sure, PCIe 4.0 is useless for graphics cards right now but for storage you can hit 5GB/sec which is insane, and I want that. I won't use it that often (to the full 5GB/sec speeds) but I damn well want it. I don't get into cars or any other main hobbies, PCs are my everything - I want it all. Haha.
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X + ASRock X570 Taichi
AMD's new Ryzen 7 3700X: 8C/16T, PCIe 4.0 ready, and all on 7nm - oh and the stock cooler kicks ass.
ASRock's new X570 Taichi motherboard is at the heart of our new Ryzen 7 3700X high-end GPU test bed.
Seriously, the G.SKILL Trident Z Royal DDR4 RAM is some of the best-looking RAM on the market.
The ASRock X570 Taichi motherboard has been serving me well through 100s of hours of benchmarking and gaming in the last few weeks, even with NVLink and SLI setups being punished on it.
The stock Wraith Prism RGB cooler that AMD provides with the retail Ryzen 7 3700X is all you need as AMD is squeezing as much as it can out of Precision Boost as it is, watercooling and AIO coolers won't provide you with crazier overclocks without really pushing things to their limits.