Now that AMD's 32-core Threadripper 2990WX and 16-core Threadripper 2950X have landed, who actually holds the desktop performance crown?
The Asus Maximus Impact, Corsair 1000D, and even Intel's Core i9-7980XE - they're all expensive flagship products, but they're also extremely important for marketing and brand image.
X470 motherboards have a huge variation in M.2 port speeds and SATA support, so much so that they risk confusing potential owners.
Precision Boost 2, XFR 2, and Precision Boost Overdrive mean that AMD has made big strides in closing the gap between itself and Intel in lightly-threaded tasks, but do these new boosting algorithms make overclocking redundant?
Cheaper Coffee Lake-compatible chipsets and motherboards have arrived, but has AMD stolen a march on Intel ?
With tweaked versions of AMD's Precision Boost and XFR coming with Ryzen 2nd Generation CPUs and Intel removing all-core boost specifications from its specifications, could this year's fight be all about boost frequencies?
Cases have too many SSD mounts, and motherboard M.2 ports should support SATA and PCIe SSDs - and I'm just getting started.
Intel has work to do in 2018: AMD is strong at the low end and the Core i7-8700K is bettered by Ryzen 7 in some benchmarks despite costing a lot a more.
2018 looks set for more CPU battles with AMD refining its Ryzen CPUs and Zen core and Intel posed to release low-end chipsets and eight-core mainstream CPUs.