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There is a valid reason to want your frame rate to go beyond your monitors refresh rate, some games inputs are tied to frame rates so the higher you go in frame rate, the lower your input lag will be. Then there is the longevity aspect where a CPU that is performing far better today is much more likely to be performing better years down the line when more and more CPU intensive titles are released. Sure, a higher core count chip has more left in the tank so to speak when compared with a lower core count chip, but for applications like games that may end up being a moot point. Remember, it's fairly hard to split gaming loads across multiple threads when compared to more predictable loads like benchmarks and encodes - this is why heavily multi threaded games are not seeing anything close to linear CPU performance scaling with more cores that render/encode loads are.
As for Ryzen being more consistent when it comes to average to minimum frame rate deltas, sure, in some cases Ryzen is more consistent. There are also cases where the 7700K is more consistent however, and there are cases where the i7 7700k's minimum frame rate is higher than the Ryzens average frame rate (benchmarks taken from here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoEcgfbhwTs&t=0s). Generally though, the i7 7700K - in games - is performing better in both modern and older titles. For now it is the better choice of CPU if your primary concern is gaming without the workstation/productivity stuff. Ryzen 5 isn't likely to make any difference here either as it's the same die as the Ryzen 7 just with cores disabled, so it's most likely going to be limited in overclocking headroom much like the Ryzen 7 currently is.
I'm not saying Ryzen 7 is a bad CPU, it's far from it, it's just it's more suited toward workstation/productivity workloads where indeed it is giving Intel a real run for its money. The most exciting Ryzen release for gamers is going to be the Ryzen 5, because it's being introduced at a price point that will make it fiercely competitive with Intel Pentium, i3 and i5 CPU's. This is an area where I think Ryzen will make a big impact and for more budget constrained gamers, will make the Ryzen platform a very compelling option.