I wonder what the TDP would be on a 18 Core Skylake-E, you could probably heat a swimming pool with one.
I suspect that Intel's reliance on a ringbus system rather than clusters will start to catch up to them with those sort of core numbers as well. AMD's ccx system does have some drawbacks with low cluster numbers, but their advantages get more and their disadvantages less as cores increase, while it's the reverse for Intel. That's why graphics cards all shifted to clusters rather than ringbus.
I'm a bit torn as to wether I should pick up an Ryzen 7 1700 or an 1800X while I'm at it, and wether I should/could go for an Fractal Design Celsius S36 or S24 cooler. I'll pick up a new graphics card when AMD releases their new ones. My HD7970 is still quite capable.
The X370 motherboard is by necessity since the store doesn't have any 350 motherboards that are worth it.
To me, 1800x is far too much premium cash wise for too little benefit unless there's no plan to overclock or for workstation situations where the competition is Broadwell-E. The overclock ceiling on it vs the 1700 is only 200Mhz difference, and you pay nearly 1USD/ hz for that.
That's also why I personally wouldn't consider watercooling either, unless sound is an issue. You might eke an extra 100Mhz or two on top of Wraith Spire but again that's at a hefty cost relative to benefit.
I am very much concerned with getting the best longevity/ cost/ performance balance though, so I tend to see everything through that lens.
Edited by Zoraptor, 29 May 2017 - 12:39 PM.