Hey guys, some weeks ago my old processor started to die, so I had to decide for a new CPU. If that would have happend in the last years it would have been an easy choice, because there was only Intel who produced viable processors. This years AMD tries to compete with Intel and well in my opinion they did really well. Nevertheless this wont be an "AMD is now better than Intel"-post or anything else. This is just my personal experience with the new platform so far and I wont go into any technical aspects(benchmarks), because there are already more than enough Reviews online. Disclaimer: This is just my own opinion! If you want further information and objective reviews, try google. There are tones of them Choosing the right CPU: If you are coming from the older AM3+ Socket or any Intel Socket you will also have to buy a new Motherboard and RAM. The current quantity of motherboards is ok. There are a lot Manufactures that have already released their X370 and B350 Motherboards so I had a good pool of boards to choose from. Meanwhile the prices for good DDR4-RAM exploded with the release of Ryzen. In the end I went for the Asus X370-Pro Motherboard + 16 GB DDR4 from Corsair. Personally I wanted to go for the R7 1700, because of it's lower price and high overclocking potential, but a day after I ordered everything I saw a deal with the better 1700X for the same price. So I sent back the 1700 and got myself the 1700X. Things that need to be considered: Both the 1700X and the 1800X come without an fan, so I had to use my own AiO-Watercooler. To my surprise it didn't supported the new AM4 socket out of the box, so I had to order an extra extension bracket für 4€ with 8€ shipping costs... Thanks [Fill in Manufacturer name]. Installing everything: Nothing new for someone who has already build an pc. Performance and daily usage: The 1700X isn't a CPU particularly for gamer, content-creators or programmers. It's a CPU for someone that does it all, or at least two of them. Its 8 Cores/16 Threads perform great in heavier workloads and get stuff done really fast, games run great without any cpu bottle-necking and videos encoding is really fast. Ryzen is a complete new platform and there are still bugs, or certain tasks it didn't work so great with, but there are nearly weekly Bios updates that improve the stability and increasing the overall performance. Overclocking: I hadn't so much time for Overclocking yet, but I'm able to run my 1700X on 4GHz(normal speed is around 3,4-3,5Ghz) constantly and without any throttling. The only thing that caught my attention was the high cpu temperatures. Even with my AiO-Watercooler the CPU idled around 45-50°C. Some researching later I found out that AMD manipulates the temperatures-readings with an offset of 20°C higher, so that it's easier to overclock the CPU with the default fan-configuration of your motherboard. I don't really like that, because I always have a bad feeling seeing an CPU idling around 50°C. Conclusion: Would I recommend the new Ryzen CPUs? Yes, if you want a CPU that works well for both gaming, rendering and other heavy workload definitely. For 330€ and 370€ both the 1700 and the 1700X are good choices. They have a good out-of-the-box performance and even higher overclocking potential. But it's nothing I would recommend for someone who just wants boost their frames in games. You guys are still better with Intel Now I would be interested in your experience if you also own a Ryzen chip and/or what you think about the new Ryzen 5?