So far so good. X-Plane 11 shows the seperate cycles for CPU and GPU, and so far the i7 7700k is spending over half of its time idling as it is waiting for the R9 290 to do its part of the calculations. The M.2 drive is nice, but subjectively, the gains do not seem as big as the benches make you seem believe. It boots up fast and it loads fast but not so insanely fast that you’d think it blows a SATA SSD out of the water. I wouldn’t wanna return it but I would have a hard time recommending it, considering they’re about 40% more expensive than regular SSD’s.
The RAM has been slightly problematic as well. Anything running faster than 2400MHz or so requires an overclock, but RAM sold as higher than that usually has a profile set by the manufacturer at wich it is supposed to run, called an XMP profile. Unfortunatly, that profile led to instability on my system, so I had to disable to XMP’s and run at native clock speeds. You overclocked your old CPU, and these profiles are as simple as flipping a switch in the BIOS, but if you don’t want the hassle, you might want to stay away from the (O.C) marked hardware.
But for simming, the new equipment is great, and the CPU still king. The old AMD bulldozer couldn’t keep up with some of the more intensely designed missions like can be found in bunyap’s/wags’ Operation Epsom, or the ACM and BFM campaigns from maple flag missions. Combined with the old GPU it’s not a perfect 60 FPS, but good enough to turn off the FPS counter and enjoy the flight rather than watch the numbers. In games like ARMA III, wich already seemed to have some intel bias, I was able to up the view distance from 800 metres to in excess of 10 000 metres, wich made flying fast movers in that game actually kinda fun.
I haven’t really looked at the 8th gen yet, and can’t provide a meaningful comment. But I heard the new gen doesn’t support anything less than a Z370 chipset, despite being the same FCLGA-1151 socket? Might be worth it to get a Z370 chip then, to future proof yourself, unless they decide to drop support for that as well, come next generations.