The majority of the reviewers out there are cherry-picking games that are known to use more than two-threads (Doom (2016), Witcher 3, GTA 5, Battlefield 4/1)
games? The best-selling, very popular ones?
It is no shock that you see considerable returns, however they are the exceptions not the rule as far mainstream applications are concerned.
He said gaming performance, which means he's talking about games for which performance matters. Thus, no, we're not talking about minecraft, and no, we're not talking about "mainstream applications".
The benefits of going beyond quad-core are even smaller with the aforementioned games unless you do CPU streaming at the same time.
I have a 4C4T CPU playing Battlefield 1. I would absolutely recognize the benefit of having more than 4 cores. It could potentially double my minimum frame rate.
But, yeah, I just cherry-picked that one along with the 2-3 million other people who bought it for the PC (and 15+ million who bought it overall).
I find it bloody hilariously that the same gaming crowd that harp on Ryzen's "poor gaming performance" and brushing off its content creation and general compute prowness while claiming that 7600K/7700K is all you need now suddenly treats the entire 6-core Coffee Lake line-up like it is best thing since sliced bread.
I find it sad that you're laughing at something airmantharp didn't say.
He said two threads to 6+ threads.
Work on your reading "prowness."