At this point in time both 1st and 2nd gen Ryzen CPU’s can’t compete dollar for dollar with Intel i5’s and i7’s for a gaming pc. The exception to this is if you’re building an extreme low end, sub $750 USD gaming PC, then Ryzen can make sense. But, nobody is building such a cheap PC and planning on playing Star Citizen at decent frames.
CIG telemetry backs this up. A Ryzen 2700X vs i7 8700K are roughly the same price when you factor in motherboard pricing. With the same graphics card (GTX1080) in both systems you’re going to get 5-10% better performance out of the Intel system in Star Citizen.
5% isn’t a lot when we compare apples to apples, but what if we don’t compare apples to apples, take an i5 9600K vs the same Ryzen, the i5 system costs $150-$200 less, but with a RTX2070 beats out the same Ryzen 2700X by ~5%. Hmm that seems really strange, doesn’t it?
Single core speed, that is where Intel beats AMD, writing multi-threaded games is hard, and while CIG is doing their best, single core speed still wins the day and there is no reason to believe that will change over the next few years in Star Citizen.
So, buy Intel, you will end up with a better gaming computer and save money.
Now, if you are building a computer for other tasks, and gaming secondary, AMD can make a lot of sense… 10+ hours a week Video Editing, or doing development work all day on your PC, these are tasks which do lend themselves to multi-threaded and AMD is very competitive in those areas.
But, if you’re doing those things for a living you’re not asking for feedback on a ADI’s forums
So, no we don’t recommend AMD’s, the math is simple, and the only reason every gaming website on the planet doesn’t point this out is because it would cost them AMD ad revenue. They think up all sorts of edge cases to make the AMD CPU’s look competitive when they’re not, confusing non-technical buyers.