Consider the following: The 3800X is supposed has a base clock of 3.9 and a boost of 4.5. As everyone knows, the advertised boost clocks are the highest potential clocks the CPU can achieve from factory, and do not affect all cores simultaneously. If we stick with your 200MHz bump, you OC the 3800X to 4.7GHz. That's all cores. I don't care what you think, that is a tremendous performance improvement over all cores operating at 3.9GHz. That's objectively a very good overclock. And even then... 4.7GHz on 8 cores is nothing to scoff at. Most people won't have a need to go any higher than that. Well, it isn't the only difference (at the very least, there are also more lanes and better VRMs) but PCIe 4.0 and out-of-the-box support for Zen2 is the main selling point of those boards. You're challenging everything everyone is saying. That is retaliation. Most of what you're saying is personal opinions, not facts. I don't see why you (or anyone) would think the 9900K would be smoked. Zen2 is the 2nd coming of Zen, not the 2nd coming of Jesus. I know there's a lot of hype surrounding Zen2 but there's not going to be anything miraculous. Under no circumstances should anyone, fan or hater, should take claims made by the manufacturer seriously (this applies to all brands). They should be used as flak against the company if the product doesn't live up to its claims, but these brands always cherry-pick results. Products are priced based on what they're capable of and what people ware willing to pay. Just because it's AMD, doesn't mean it needs to be 25%+ cheaper, if it otherwise has competitive performance (which, if we are to trust these leaks, suggests the 3800X is). Although I don't really see what it is the 9900K does better for its price difference (we have no proof of what the 3800X can do, good or bad), if that's really how you feel, what are you waiting for? If price isn't an issue then you wouldn't have brought it up. If price wasn't an issue you would opt for an X299 platform. If you already know Intel does what you want well, why not just go ahead and buy them? Nobody is going to judge you for buying what suits your needs with money that you are willing to devote to this build. We will, however, judge you for making claims about a product based on leaks and rumors. Yes... it does. The boost clocks almost always tell you that all cores can be pushed to the boost clocks assuming you have sufficient power delivery and cooling. As stated before, 4.5GHz is a good speed to achieve, especially when you've got 8+ cores to cool off.