Well because epyc generally sucks for gaming,
because of the lower clock speeds of certain sku´s.
I mean Epyc is really great for a server platform,
just for those situations that you need allot of parallel threads.
For gaming its just not really a great platform.
You cannot really compare Epyc to Threadripper i think.
Because both platform serve a totally different work type envoirement.
In terms of pricing the higher core count or clockspeed Epyc,
systems are going to be significantly more expensive.
To be fair, in terms of comparison to intel, FX are way better than FX were back in the day, in light of all the performance hacks vs. security that intel clearly made in everything with core in the name.
I’d still love to see benchmark revisits of Bulldozer vs. Nehalem in a post meltdown/spectre/etc. world with all security mitigations applied.
I mean, as i recall - bulldozer was i5 ish performance. And now to be secure with intel on machines of that era, hyperthreading must be turned off. Thus turning i7s into i5s.
The problem with bulldozer architecture (and I own / owned a few) is that the performance was VERY workload dependent. So if you did workloads that ran well on these chips then they were great. But if you didn’t then they generally weren’t very good.
I had an FX6300 and I still have an A10-7700k, I was in AMDTestDrive also and had an A10-6800k and I built a few FX machines for friends / family.
I also had an x4 845 (Excavator) and built a few x4 860k machines for people as budget gaming setups. They were great for the price (motherboards used to be $40-70 and the 860k was regularly $75 or less).
However they just didn’t stack up in heavier workloads mostly due to cache problems. Even on the FX6300 that had the L3 cache… cache misses caused huge performance dips and sometimes stuttering depending on what you were doing.
Unfortunately AMD was too poor to bring Steamroller or Excavator (both of which were definitely better at everything) to FX and put all their resources into Zen.
It hurt them then but with hindsight; I’m glad they made that move as Zen has proven to be great and is now setting the standard for other architectures to follow.
On A final note I did grab one of these servers before they were gone