- Ryzen is weaker in single-core IPC than KL, (it's at Broadwell levels) and many benchmarks are single core optimised.
- There are lots of optimisations by software vendors as well as fixes by AMD yet to come, (a couple were already released)
- Most of the coverage focuses on gaming, where Intel wins hands down, because of the better single-core performance
- The Ryzen i7 is really aimed at content creators who export a lot of photos or 4K video and developers who do a lot of compilation, basically tasks that require and benefit from multiple cores - in those categories, the $500 Ryzen is neck and neck with the $1000 i7 Extreme CPU, this is where it really shines and is worth considering.
The reason why most of the benchmarks are aimed at gamers and thus favour single-core IPC is because the PC market is such that if you want anything decent, you have to be a gamer.
Want a good mechanical keyboard? It's going to be a gaming keyboard etc. because the Pro market is much smaller than the gaming market and thus these CPUs are rarely shown in comparisons where they really shine, one exception is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIIb5uZfukU
I agree on most other points. It is sad that good equipment is hard to get without a bunch of lights and MEGA-XXXTREME!!! stickers/labeling all over the place.
I think the thing is that the gaming market is the largest "prosumer" market in the space. For real enterprises, they charge ridiculous markups on something similar to the gaming parts but labeled "professional" or "enterprise". For normal people, they produce the budget parts, because most people don't really care as long as Facebook works. The middle market in PC parts is gamers, enthusiasts who are willing to spend a little more to get decent quality/performance.