So after getting tired of Intel's garbage thermal paste in the 7700K, I've decided to make the swap to AMD after 15 years in Team Blue. The Corsair H100i v2's bracket was kind of a ***** to remove, but the rest of installation was pretty straightforward. Swapped out my old motherboard and cpu for a threadripper and Aorus. The system gets a little wonky if I use XMP atm, so that's disabled for the moment till I figure out what's up with that. Otherwise, it's been great.
Actually it's quite sad (and a testament to Intel's cheapness) that a 16-core CPU runs over 10C lower under load than a 4-core one. They might have saved a few cents on the thermal paste, but lost me as a customer. That and also making their new CPUs incompatible with the Z270 platform. Like an extra slap in the face of customers. I like the direction AMD is going with their current business strategy, and that's what I'm supporting.