You are right. 6C/12T intel definitely does not suffer from 1s freezes. That must be something with OS. But as you go into not as many people benefit... there you have to face facts. And it is cost vs. benefit. That's: what you save on CPU/MB is going towards GPU. And with today prices vs. needs... Average gamer should not be getting 2700X, yet alone more expensive 8700K. They should aim at 2600X and invest saved money towards GPU. You see it at all graphs everywhere. While 8700K can get you higher fps, it is with high end GPU. It does not matter at all when you can barely afford even GTX 1060 moment you go for 8700K. So, it is better to get GTX 1070(Ti) and Ryzen 2600(X).