A load of rubbish then?
Pretty much. Just like Polaris.
I will likely still pick up one though.
25% IPC improvement is pretty inconsequential considering they are moving to a new process.
The jump between Fiji and Vega was anywhere from 5-30% as well.
Plus we need to keep in mind that a 25% IPC improvement is not a 25% improvement in gaming performance.
Polaris, when it came out as the RX 480, was pretty good - just not the high-end chip everybody was hoping for, but a mid-range chip. It did keep up with Geforce 970 in performance/watt and performance in games. It just couldn't keep up with the 980/980Ti/Titan, and Pascal destroyed it in terms of performance per watt one year later.
I think your vision of Polaris got skewed by Maxwell and Pascal, where NVidia leaped so far forward that AMD couldn't nearly keep up anymore, but kept rehashing the chip as they had nothing else apart from Vega to show off.
And while 25% IPC increase is not 25% increase in performance, it should come pretty close at the same clock speed and CU amount. Also, don't forget the 50% reduction in power draw at the same time.
So yeah, it will be like Polaris, a good mid-range card that can keep up with it's peers from NVidia at it's release - it's just not the high-end card to compete with them at the top.
Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - on 27 May 2019