Now that we know that AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7 will be coming out in February 2018 and that Intel Coffee Lake CPUs are going to be coming out starting the 5th of October the major question here is should you buy the upcoming Intel Coffee Lake CPUs at launch or should you wait?
What we know so far is that Intel Coffee Lake K series SKUs will be coming out first with the Z370 motherboards. So what you have here is an offering for the enthusiast that wants some major performance gains as compared to the previous generation CPUs. We also know that with Coffee Lake users will get 2 additional cores.
With 2 additional cores, you get a lot of multithreaded performance. We also know that the frequencies of these upcoming CPUs will be higher but on the other side of the coin, we have AMD that has the upper hand with 8 cores and 16 threads featured in AMD Ryzen 7. Considering that AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7 will not be a major overhaul and will feature the same number of cores and threads what should you do?
To answer this question, first, you must ask yourself, what are you going to do with the PC? Are you going to play games or are you going to use other applications? What are you planning on doing with the additional power? You also need to take into account the pricing of the CPUs.
Remember that with Intel Coffee Lake you are getting more cores as compared to previous Intel CPUs but the pricing is higher too. On the other hand, we know that AMD prices their processors competitively as compared to Intel. If that is indeed the case with AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7 and you are going to use content creation applications like video editing tools then AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7 is what you should wait for.
AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7 will give you 2 additional cores over Intel Coffee Lake i7 CPUs and that will translate to faster rendering and less time wasted. You could even render 4K video if you wanted to. Talking about the other side of things, if you are looking to play games on your system then we know that Ryzen is not too good with games.
AMD CPUs are better as all-rounder chips rather than gaming oriented CPUs. Having that said it is better that you go with Intel Coffee Lake if you are just going to be playing games on your PC. As of right now, this seems like the best course of action. We will keep you updated as we get more information regarding AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7.
One of the major features of AMD CPUs is that they are overclockable out of the box and will automatically overclock themselves depending on the cooling solution that you are using. Intel CPUs are mostly locked and you need to pay a premium for the K SKUs.
Let us know if you are going to for wait AMD Pinnacle Ridge 7 or you are going to buy Intel Coffee Lake when the CPU hit the shelves.