I was excited to try team red again and I'm hedging my bets on better multi-core use in the future. I always felt the gaming argument was overblown. It's the same comparison we had with your 2600k and 7700k. The 2600k is only slower when there is a CPU bottleneck. A person would have to be gaming at 1080p, with a 1080ti, getting over 100 fps to measure the difference. I game at 1440p, on a mid to high end card, on a 60Hz monitor. I'll always have a GPU bottleneck and anything over 60 fps on a 60Hz monitor is arguably pointless. CPU performance doesn't affect my games. Someday I might have a 144Hz monitor and a bleeding edge graphics card but that wont be anytime soon.