To be honest you might as well wait for Zen 2 at that price. Zen 2 is only 6 months away and on 7nm there’s a pretty damn good chance it’s going to beat Intel on 14nm++++. 7nm Zen 2 is from-the-ground-up again, started 2 years into the development of Zen with their new found knowledge of chiplet architectures. Zen 2 is designed to compete with Intel’s 10nm processors, which have been delayed into 2020. I made a write-up about this awhile back about why this is so:
Intel processors cost more not just because Intel likes charging more, but because they are much, much more expensive to produce. Basically, AMD has a multi-die design, meaning one CPU is made up of multiple dies. Intel does not, and has not started work on, having a multi-die architecture - which would take them roughly 6-8 years to create from the ground up. Each silicon wafer is prone to errors, this is the “silicon lottery”. The smaller the die process, the more complex the manufacturing of said wafer becomes, and the more errors you will get per square inch. By Zen being a multi-die design, it has much smaller dies, meaning it’s less likely to have these errors affecting one die to the point of inoperability. If you do the math, this means that AMD gets about double the CPUs out of a single wafer, if not more, than Intel. This has always been Intel’s Achilles heel, and many analysts have said that it’s going to be impossible for Intel to get to 5nm, possibly even 7nm, for the performance desktop market. Intel was supposed to get to 10nm in 2014 according to their own roadmap, but we’ve barely gotten it now in low-end dual-core CPUs.
AMD’s Zen 2 engineering samples are currently clocking at 4.5GHz… and that’s an engineering sample. The IPC uplift is 15% per clock single-threaded which puts it above Intel, and the 7nm node gives a 60% power efficiency boost.
Unless you’ve got money to throw around, wait for Zen 2.