So you are one of those that believe that the 380X will be as fast as the 980? Then what about the 390X?
I don't think AMD will ever release an R9 390X cause the yields for TSMC's 20nm process node isn't up to par yet to handle a ~400-500mm^2 die. I think there will an R9 490X by the time TSMC ramps up their 16nm FinFET node, the initial yields should be better than their previous 20nm node due to the fact that they both have identical transistor gate pitch so they should know the quirks better in the end and that should give AMD enough time to do an update to the GCN architecture up to 2.1 ...
I think the R9 380X should be FASTER than the GTX 980 and I also don't believe in the GM200 or GM210 hype either ...
GK110 was only able to get so many gains against GK104 because of the fact that the former had a much larger die space to work compared to the latter whereas GM204 already has a substantially large die ...
It could be...
By the way, TSMC doesn't mention AMD in the short list of 16nm FinFET adopters and that, paired with the fact that GloFo and Samsung have a partnership for a 14nm process has lead to some speculation.
Since their split, AMD has had a contract with GloFo to buy "X" (I don't know how many) waffers each year, but since almost the begining AMD hasn't reached that level of demand so they have been paying them a compensation for basically nothing while buying from TSMC. And now GloFo will have a more advanced process than TSMC with the 14nm but also with the 20nm one as they have access to Samsung's expertise on that node. Get both things together, add the fact that TSMC hasn't delivered on their schedules for the last node jumps, and you can see how AMD could skip TSMC althogether from their 20 and 14nm products and go back to GloFo.
But of course, it's just speculation.
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