TLR - Long time Intel dude is trying Ryzen and isn't hating it. Actually is mildy impressed by it. As a long time buyer of Intel, I have to say I've been impressed the last few months after actually building and owning a few "Newish" Ryzen systems. My wife gave me the okay to upgrade all the machines in the house, and after selling my venerable 5930k to another H member (but keeping my 5960x), I did a splurge and bought a 2700x, a 2600x, Ryzen 1600, and a i5-9400F for the home. I've been pretty impressed by the Ryzen systems. While they are arguably side grades to my older systems, it goes without saying for the total price of what would of been just one or two intel systems, I was able to get 4 total systems and still save money (though the i5-9400 is part of the picture). For Long time Intel dudes like me, here are things that I really liked about the Ryzens Performance and package value - It looks like the overall cost of AMD is definitely a lot lower. Not just the chips, but the mb's themselves had great features for prices that were $10~$25 cheaper than their intel counterpart. Doesn't seem like much, but it adds up when building multiple machines. Comes with a really decent cooler - The Wraith coolers are pretty darn quiet and work well. I've always hated the stock Intel cooler and how Toyota Corolla it looked, and all the Wraiths from the stealth to the prism actually look great. The 2700x does solid 1440p gaming at 165hz with a 2070. I got lucky and got a 2070 from Kyle for only $380 and have been putting it through the rounds the last week. While I know the i9-9900 would get 5~10% more on average, I don't feel any sort of lacking running the 2700x. Everyone who was getting an upgrade at the house feels like the Ryzen system they got is AMAZING. That pure new computer feel. It goes without saying it feels great when people love their new gifts. The total savings from all the AMD stuff allowed me to upgrade all the video cards in the house to at least a 1660, and that really upped the wow factor for everyones upgrade. If you can't tell, lots of happy gamers at the house right now ranging from 11 years old all the way up to me. Thank god the Ryzen cooler's are a LOT quieter then the fans on their Radeon Cards. All Radeon video cards I've owned are stupidly loud. Here's some things that I didn't like about the Ryzen systems I built. Can't always be great. Memory issues are a major bummer for all the Ryzen systems I built. It seems like D.O.C.P (whatever XMS is for Intel) really doesn't seem to work on ANY of my boards. I had major system crashes and failures and was completely frustrated the first day as the systems would either completely act up, or work for half a day and then did a complete kernal crash. Eventually from research I found out it tends to be an issue with memory speed. I ended up just putting it on auto or default, and the systems are great now, it just kinda sucks having DDR3400 ram that runs at 2400. I did read about upping the voltage to memory, but I don't really remember having these issues on the Intels, or at least issues these bad. The crashes and OS blue screens were major critical errors in the system that really sucked. Microcenters available MATX boards for AMD (and also what research has shown me) sucks MAJOR donkey balls. I went from a very capable MATX x99 board for my 5930k, and I feel like this new Asus TuF board I have is a major downgrade. Unfortunately it was the only board considered decent. For gaming, the same price 9400f with the 1660 has been running games faster and more smoothly game play wise compared to the 2600x. I haven't done proper benchmarks, but it's more just a feel thing. Both systems are just used for gaming, but those in the house have commented that the 9400f feels better when I ask. So long post short, I just wanted to share a little bit of opinion as AMD owner who hasn't had an AMD chip as their main since the Tbird 1.33ghz. While I have loved it, will probably stay intel when it's time to retire the 5960x, but gotta admit it's been super fun building those 3 Ryzen machines the last month.