Actually it is. Because Kaby isn't that far from Sandy either. And Ryzen is doing well, staying ahead of Sandy, despite a 500 MHz clock speed disadvantage compared to it. So even in gaming, the IPC of Ryzen is impressive for what it is. As the article tells us, if AMD can get the clockspeed up on Ryzen, it'll hang even with Kaby. New architecture and a new process? AMD did damned well, all things considered.And AMD should be not? Catching up on Sandy in terms of gaming after all these years is not an achievement either.
That being said, the new Intel HEDT offerings (at MUCH lower prices!) appear to be a salvo from Team Blue at Ryzen's status as the mixed-use CPU of choice. So AMD has their work cut out for them. They'll need some extra clockspeed from Zen in the near future, and some aggressive pricing from the new Threadripper line.
All to the good, though. So much more fun when I see Intel and AMD trading blows on this stuff. I missed the old days.