Editors Liked

  • Fastest gaming performance
  • Strong in both single- and multi-threaded applications
  • Requires new motherboard socket, but compatible with existing mainstream Intel coolers
  • Chipset with upgraded networking
  • Good potential for overclocking

Editors Didn't Like

  • GPU has far greater impact on fps
  • Thermal output and cooling requirements
  • AMD's 12-core Ryzen 3900X is a formidable foil, especially at current prices
  • Z490 motherboards are expensive
  • PCIe 3.0 interface
  • Power hungry