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Like I said in the piece, I was fully prepared for AMD to be dropping mildly-refreshed Polaris cards in to fill out the 500-series below the top-end Vega-powered cards, but it does have me a little worried if we're only going to get a likely low-volume, high-margin part sitting outside this new series of GPU instead of an actual range.
And realistically I can't see AMD releasing an RX 580 for less than the £200 you can pick up an 8GB RX 480 for right now.
As for the corruption claims, in all my time working in the industry I've not experienced anyone trying to buy/strong-arm reviews in the UK, though I obviously can't speak for your experiences.
Probably an engineering test to see how well the GPU performs with older CPU and south bridge hardware. I doubt this is the actual real performance from the GPU itself. PCI-e 2.0 x16 is a decent jump from PCI-e 3.0 x16 in terms of bandwidth. I'd expect more test leakage like this with the newer hardware AMD is releasing at Computex for real testing purposes. For actual data, that is.
you mean pci-e3.0 is a decent jump from pci-e 2.0 which it is technically though no single graphic card released sees more then at best ~3% gain using one over the other, which is more or less within margin of error or if put into a FPS number ~1FPS at most, SSD and the like which can actually hit pci-e very hard sees a very large gain on going pci-e 3.0 vs 2.0 graphics cards at this point and time do not, now, if your motherboard limits the amount of lanes to give for multiple graphics cards etc and limits to say x16-x8-x4 or even x8-x8 type thing then yes it will have an impact, but running a single card at x16 2.0 or x16 3.0 differences in given performance are negligible for more then one reason.
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