UPDATED ON: 2022-08-13 ▒ PREFACE WORDS As you remember, my previous daily driver was Ryzen 9590x 16c/32t. After some fun with it I’ve decided to drop it in favor to retro stuff. Intel Xeon CPU based around Broadwell chip: E5-2696v4 22c/44t became the chip of the choice. It is OEM version of top of the line E5-2699v4 . It is a bit slower, around marginal 3-4%, but costs significantly less than 2699v4.