Vega 56 is already "matched" with 1070 really, so, I would imagine the stepping stone for Vega 11 being "cut down" would be to be a bit faster then RX 570/580 similar price and raining on the GTX 1060 parade, if they can squeak the Vega 11 in there (Vega 46? 42?)) there is a happy middle ground between 1060/1070 that RX 500 series kind of hits but IMO a tad pricey most cases, and if they do it just right it will be more or less not worthless for mining purposes but excellent for those wanting/needing to upgrade at the ~$200-$300 price point (CAD$ especially..AMD really needs to hammer partners to be more attentive to price points)
I hope they really make sure is "tuned" for the maximum efficiency (i.e less power for the required clocks right off the bat) instead of running higher power than it needs AND a good cooler. RX 400 to 500 really only thing was higher clocks so faster but more power, Vega 11 done just right can give better to similar performance at lower power and temps (Vega 64 "tuned" daws 174w getting a ton of mining performance ~39-47MH/s so there is potential there IF AMD takes the bit of time to ensure is as good as it can)
Anyways, time will tell, I am not overly fond of the new not catalyst drivers TBH. but shelling ~$90 more then should if not more for an "upgrade" over my much old 7870 now not pleased with the seeming greed of makers or sellers for RX/Vega being far overpriced than what should be, we already have 1 Ngreedia do not need other joining that camp ^.^
Hehe, no it really wasn't serious. Was hoping folk might sense the sarcasm there ;)
280x is a 100% rebranded 7970 GHe, same shader, tmu, rops clocks etc from a factory clocked standpoint, if rumors are "true" RX 580 might share the basic building blocks in same shader/rop/tmu so in theory should be able to crossfire with RX 480, but, if the 580 is faster clock speeds that means it will have to downclock OR the 480 would have to clock up, not sure how this works, but the dream of being able to CF 580 with 480 might not happen..cant be sure on this however, I know AMD in the past was much more open for crossfire between different cards of same generation and/or mixing generations if one wanted to do such...I wish they had a solid reference blower cooler on there using more heatpipes instead of just as basic as it can get, can it be that hard to make stock blower style with a flip out/over portion so can easily keep it clean? That would be one thing would set them far above any other design really :)
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.