http://www.microcenter.com/product/...per_1950X_34_GHz_16_Core_TR4_Boxed_Processor# My brother held this baby in this hand at a Microcenter near to where he was. Not only was he excited, stated he would finally be jumping on it as soon as he could, which is about end of year or so. On the other hand, I have a 6800K, which was purchased a month or two prior to Ryzen launching in general. If Ryzen would have released within that time frame, I would have returned my CPU / MB / RAM and just went with what I was anticipating. Do not get me wrong, my 6800K works well, but for the price at MSRP compared to Ryzen, no way. At 999$ the 1950X Threadripper does exactly as its name implies. It tears through threads and extra processes like a chain saw through a mozzarella cheese stick. Do you absolutely need this for gaming? Absolutely the fuck not. But if you are gaming with the system, running beyond multiple items at the same time, tabs, windows, compression in the background, streaming at the same time, rendering, professional use, etc. This is more geared towards a beyond heavier than usual workload. There are more than enough videos showcasing the 1950X vs the i9-7900X to showcase the benchmarks between them. I am linking Paul's Hardware showdown between them and you can summarize it as you see fit. All I know is that if and when I have the opportunity to do so, I am going back to AMD for the Threadripper platform.