[quotemsg=20310526,0,2021214]I have looked at Tom's coverage of both Ryzen and Coffee Lake.
From what I could see, there is a strong preference to show intel products in a better light.
1. Pricing. THG chooses platform/processor alone costs as they see fit; any sane choice would include at least the cooling solution and, perhaps, motherboard into this. Not at THG though; I expect this to change when cheap intel mobos arrive.
2. Cooling. You guys here seem to use good cooling (as in: expensive and performing), yet you do not inculde the costs into the equation. Combined with better thermals of competitive AMD offerings, this is smelly.
3. Hand-picked benchmarks - blender and lux-what? included, POV-ray and Cinebench excluded. You guessed it, AMD hardware tends to have upper hand in the latter (excluded ones).
4. Looking thru fingers at contest rules. RX 480 was over the TDP, you named and shamed it. i9s were over their respective TDPs, you failed to clearly state so.
I no longer find this website serving just information for me to make educated purchasing decision.
I am fed up. From a regular reader back in '90 thru early this decade, I decided to leave this site for good.[/quotemsg]
Core i5-8400 drops into a LGA 1551 interface, but as we know from our previous Coffee Lake reviews, it isn't backward compatible with 200-series motherboards. That means you'll have to step up to a 300-series motherboard, even though that means getting no new features in the process. Worse, a rushed launch means the Z370 chipset is your only option for now. Cheaper B- and H-series motherboards, which will cost a lot less, arrive at the beginning of next year. The Core i5-8400 is a locked processor anyway, so the reason most enthusiasts would have had for spending extra (overclocking) doesn't apply here.
Back when they were still referring to Ryzen CPU's by the architecture name, Zen, AMD relentlessly promoted Blender benchmarks. Everywhere, during IDC, Computex, during launch, and live onstage and in posted videos. At the Threadripper announcement, even during gaming demos.
And the big issue with the 480 was that it violated the PCIe spec by drawing more than 75 watts avg from the slot, not that it exceeded TDP. It wasn't the first card to do it. Other cards were also found to be out of spec including cards from Nvidia, and while not to the same degree, it was the 480 findings that brought the issue to light so it caught the most flak.
Not everything is some sort of grand conspiracy.
Edit: Mr Shatner types (or thinks) way way, faster than I do.