No, I think people are overdoing their fear . Would definatley not recommend buying one if people are thinking about turning off HT. On the gaming topic, at 1440P overall there isn't much between any of the recent CPU's in average FPS IMO, and by average I mean averaging out across say 20+ games too. But having said that, I would recommend moving away from quad cores though. Although there might not be much difference in average FPS, reviews can't always cover smoothness. Since moving away from a 6700K to a 9900K for gaming and work uses, there's definatley a smoother experience with the 9900K when gaming. Even if todays release shows the 9900K king of gaming, there's still likely going to be hardly anything in it at 1440P and above especially. I think most should focus on how much willing to spend and how many cores they really need (computing is not all about gaming) . I wouldn't recommend buying <8 core CPU's now personally. 8 cores is I think the sweet spot or more if you have use cases that will actually make use of them. I was waiting on the Ryzen 3*** series but needed a new build about 8 weeks ago and couldn't hold out any longer. Running the 9900K OEM at 5Ghz has been easy and I'm happy with the CPU. It's still a good CPU given the limitations(14nm, based on old skylake).I'd definitely be looking at AMD's release today if buying now tho.