Drinking the Ryzen kool-aid and streaming to Twitch!

Sup everyone!

So as you know from my last post, I decided to switch to AMD’s new CPU known as Ryzen. I grabbed a Ryzen 5 1600 Hexa-core processor and a new motherboard to support it, and boxed up my Intel Core i5-6500 for use in another project. So how is it? Great… once you get past the extreme growing pains. What growing pains you might ask? Whew boy…

When I first installed everything, I was experiencing many, many blue screens of death. I’m talking about 50-60 total, with many happening at random intervals. So I reinstalled Windows. No go. Turns out Windows needs a hotfix update to bring actual compatibility with Ryzen. Otherwise you get timing errors, memory management errors, and random, unexplained lockups. If you’re going to switch to Ryzen, be sure to download the 1703 version of Windows 10 (i.e., the Creator’s Update, build 15063), or whatever the newest version of Windows 10 is. You can find those here. Alternatively, you can also download Microsoft’s Windows 10 USB Media Creation Tool if you don’t have a DVD burner. After that, be ready to reinstall Windows and speak with MS (either via chat or phone) to get Windows reactivated (there’s a method to reactivate Windows using a troubleshooter, but it didn’t work for me).

So aside from the above bullshit, how are things? Simply put, fucking amazing! Seriously. I’ve always loved AMD, but many of their older CPUs just couldn’t hold a candle to the equivalent Intel CPUs, which is why I went Intel for my gaming machine build a couple of years ago. But Ryzen changes all of that. Single-core performance is similar enough to my old Core i5 that I don’t even notice any difference, and multi-core performance is out of this world. I seriously love it and would recommend Ryzen to anyone looking for extreme multi-core performance for a nice price. However, if you already have a nice Intel build, such as one running a 4th gen or newer i7, you’re probably fine staying where you are. But if you’re building a new system, you should definitely consider Ryzen.

In other news, I’m starting to stream to Twitch. Why? Well, because why not. It takes such minimal investment on my part, and it can be fun. I’m currently only streaming on Fridays, and it’s pretty much just multiplayer stuff, just to get a feel for quality and such. As I tweak and improve things, I’ll start branching out and setting up an actual schedule. I’ll announce it here and on Twitter when I do.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I’ll see ya guys around.

-Joe