New Intel, AMD CPUs Bring More Options to Gamers

by Matt Wuebbling
Intel Core i9 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs now included in NVIDIA’s Battlebox PC GeForce GTX system builder program.

It’s not just a good time to be a PC gamer. It’s a great time.

The new high-performance Intel Core i9 family of CPUs and AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPU announced this week at Computex in Taiwan represent just the latest major investments in the thriving PC gaming ecosystem.

Esports events are filling stadiums — and offering prize pools on par with the world’s richest sporting events. Behind those headline-grabbing numbers: an eSports market that research firm NewZoo projects will grow more than 40 percent to $696 million this year.

That market, in turn, is propelled by great games. Overwatch has surpassed 30 million gamers, and Destiny 2 is coming to PC. Overall, the PC gaming software market will grow almost 140 percent over the course of a decade to more than $38 billion in 2020 from $16 billion in 2010, market research firm DFC Intelligence forecasts.

PC gaming hardware sales are growing, too. While analyst projections vary, leading analysts estimate gaming PC hardware sales will grow between 7 and 10 percent over the next few years.

It’s a virtuous cycle. Growing sales of PC gaming hardware, new PC games and the rousing success of eSports are sparking investments that will pay dividends for everyone in PC gaming.

New Intel Core, and AMD Ryzen CPUs Give Gamers More Options

AMD this week rolled out new, high-performance versions of its Ryzen processors. Ryzen’s new Threadripper CPUs for high-end desktops will offer as many as 16 cores and support for 32 threads.

Earlier this week, Intel introduced its new high-end, X-series processor family, featuring the new Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition Processor, with 18 cores and 36 threads.

We’re more than ready for the arrival of both.

NVIDIA Battlebox PC Program with GeForce GTX: Now with New CPUs

Our GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, introduced in February, owns the PC gaming performance crown.

It’s the flagship in a full lineup of GPUs we’ve introduced over the past year based on Pascal — the world’s most advanced gaming GPU architecture. Our Pascal GPUs represents an investment of several billion dollars, and provide the performance needed for gamers to enjoy more high-definition content and new kinds of VR experiences.

For gamers, it’s an exciting time. If you’re upgrading your PC, or buying new, there are now a wide selection of CPUs available from AMD and Intel to match any budget. They pair perfectly with our GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs and G-SYNC gaming monitors, which deliver the performance that have made the PC the premier gaming platform.

If buying new, you’ll be sure to find your perfect budget match in the NVIDIA Battlebox PC system builder program, which now includes the latest CPUs from AMD and Intel.

Battlebox Ultimate combines the power of a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card with the latest high-performance hardware to bring you an incredible experience — every time.

Battlebox Essential, equipped with a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, is the recommended rig for today’s top games like Overwatch and League of Legends, and delivers optimized 1080p gaming at 60fps.

If you’re upgrading, building or buying a gaming PC, a GeForce GTX 10-series GPU is a must-have for the best gaming experience.

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  • Ricardo Buchaul

    I migrated from Xbox One to PC with GTX 1060 plus a SHIELD TV and now I have the best of worlds with amazing graphics and games that were not available on the console.

  • Quinn Shield

    I love my Shield TV especially since I have a 4K HDR UHDTV. I now either stream my media from my gaming rig (which now needs to be replaced with an Intel i9 doh!). I have now a i7-6800K OC’d to 4.0Ghz but now that the i9’s have come out I am going to have to upgrade to the new motherboard and chipset and get on that and hopefully use that to power my GTX 1080ti and hopefully very soon a Volta GPU that seems be blow 4K gaming out of the water with its power. Between my PC and the Shield TV I will never consider another brand besides NVIDIA again and the only new product I will be buying is a 34″ (35″?) 3440×1440 G-Sync monitor to pump out max settings when I am not streaming to my bedroom or living room TV. It also helps so much that the Shield TV has the ability to add storage via MicroSD and two USB 3.0 ports which comes in handy when Plex isn’t working and I think the biggest thing is its ability to connect through Ethernet. I have 150/150 FiOS so I don’t want to slow down any connection with a wireless connection since I already have two iPhones, two iPad mini’s, an iPod Touch, two Android tablets, a Roku 3 and probably another device or two pulling from my AC Router as it is. Even using my VPN I am able to get extremely fast internet using Ethernet and, as it is set up at Router level, the Shield TV nor any other wired or wireless devices (oh yeah I forgot my wired Wii U and wireless Nintendo Switch) experience any lag or buffering. The Shield TV is going to be powering my 4K TV’s for a very long time I think. Plus with Microsoft moving towards cross-platform gaming between Windows PC’s and the XBox console line I think things will only get better for those who own powerful gaming rigs and have the internet bandwidth to make the experience all the better. I think other than Nintendo the console days are coming to an end especially as NVIDIA uses GeForce Experience to even cover Macs. NVIDIA is making all the right moves at the right time and AMD does not stand a chance against Intel in the CPU market and certainly not against NVIDIA in the GPU department as NVIDIA is solely focused on GPU performance. It will be Intel/NVIDIA and AMD/NVIDIA for the rest of time in my opinion, and even those AMD die-hards will eventually see that NVIDIA has way more to offer not only with their GPU’s but with all the other products they offer through the Shield TV for example that AMD simply does not offer and will not due to their split approach in the CPU and GPU market. Loving my X1 and can’t wait to see what NVIDIA puts in the Shield TV 2. Hopefully a Pascal or Volta X2 with the power of a 1060 so it can handle 4K gaming at max through GeForce Experience and especially with the new technology they are using to pack those high-end desktop GPU’s into laptops. I think NVIDIA is going to be a household name like Intel is by 2020, especially to traditional console gamers, especially if they can work out the bugs with Steam and with Game-Streaming. I would love to be able to stream all my games but still have some controller issues. Come on NVIDIA, drop that Shield TV 2 and work out the controller mapping so I can stream XCOM 2 to my 4K HDR TV so I don’t have to wire it and use a keyboard (even if it is a wireless Logitech K400r). WOW I have said a lot but I think (I think I think too much) NVIDIA deserves the praise. Intel deserves the praise too. AMD drops a cheap 8 core processor and a 16 core CPU and BAMM!!! Intel drops an i9 and a new chipset to match that GTX 1080ti SLI setup!!! The roof is gone!