2 weeks ago my brother gave me a computer with a Ryzen 6 core and I finally stopped feeling like I was operating in the crawl space I'd been in since I started using virtual instruments/effects in 2012. Unfortunately I connected a USB DVD burner to the wrong power supply after finding it didn't recognise discs and the processor or board died. Anyway, I have a Ryzen 8 core arriving by tonight to replace it. If it keeps working it will be the answer as far as I'm concerned. I will find out in due course. We tried my system in another machine he had (using a CPU heavy VSTi and multiple Virtual FX) and what had used 0-2% of the CPU with the six core was using 11% in the other machine. He didn't think there was much difference between the machines, but he only plays games. It was all the difference I needed to decide to buy the 8 core. If it was the motherboard that got fried, I'll have to spend the last of my money on one of them too but I'll then presumably have a spare processor, So I'll be happy enough with that. (I'll update, if it was the motherboard).
Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio Build 413 (32/64bit)
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Eight Core 3.00 GHz, 16GB RAM, Windows 10
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st Gen, USB2)https://iancraig1.bandcamp.com/