For general users Intel Kaby Lake platform boards are likely better value as a 7700K costs $200 less than an 1800X chip. Value may differ for lower-end AMD CPUs but we haven’t been able to test those processors yet. However, if you’re into rendering, encoding - or you want to stream a video game on the same PC as the one you’re playing on - or your favourite game runs better on eight cores - or you’re betting that your future applications will run better on octacore processors - or you’re an enthusiastic overclocker (who shouldn’t be reading this review anyway) this is a decent platform even with our limited knowledge of the competition. Compared to a dedicated workstation with a $1,500 octacore Core i7 CPU, it's a bargain.
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