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The volatility of the crypto-market is a concern if you're building new devices to serve it, and the problem for the AIBs is that none of this builds any sort of brand loyalty/awareness - the pro-miners just rinse and replace.
But the fact that all of the Radeon cards that were just sat in the channel going nowhere have been sold, and thousands more are being bought up as soon as they're made, means that AMD are getting a lot of ready cash they otherwise wouldn't. Most of the professional mining companies are buying from source so they're not even getting into the retailers or distributors.
You're totally right about it not being a stable market for AMD to rely on, but in a time where stock wasn't shifting they've made some very welcome short-term gains.
I think you are definitely onto something in regard to brand awareness, why should developers optimise their games for AMD when AMD has no cards left for gamers? I know the shortages have definitely impacted me and forced me into buying nVidia this generation, well that combined with the fact that Vega was delayed for well over a year due to HBM2 but the point still stands.
Jacob did some measuring and the Gigabyte 1080 would defo fit inside the chassis. The PCB is actually shorter than the 1060 in there at the moment.
Sadly the PSU is what's holding you back from dropping one of those in. To get to the size of the rig MSI have used an external power brick, like a laptop or console.
That means you're probably waiting for a micro mid-range Volta for a proper GPU upgrade.
Well shoot. Close.
As Jacob said in the piece, we do need to take the benches with a grain of salt, but realistically the chip is being tested by a host of different reviewers right now, so the results are probably pretty close to being accurate.
Playing devils advocate here though, those Ryzen performance boosts are only in a few very specific cases, and haven't seemed that repeatable.
As to your point about reviews of the AMD chips being done with slow memory, that was mostly because at launch they simply didn't cope well with a wide range of high performance RAM.
That said, I'd still question the motives (and maybe sanity) of anyone picking a $2,000 18-core chip over a $1,000 16-core part. Especially given TR's extra PCIe support et al.
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With the Trident (and any gaming PC) it's a high initial outlay, but with the benefit that years down the line you'll still be able to drop in a new, speedier GPU, maybe a touch more RAM, and still be gaming at a pretty high level for a minimal upgrade cost.
In three to five years your Xbox One X will be looking increasingly obsolete, and you'll be expected to pay out £600 for a whole new system.
With discounts and clever shopping at launch my PS4 was under £300 I seem to remember paying more when I got my GTX980 so your price comparison is way out when the consoles generally cost about the same as a high end graphics card, that is before counting the future need to change the CPU and other bits to not restrict the new GPU.
Really all marketing it as a console killer tells anyone is that the project will ultimately be a failure as it doesn't have a target audience.
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Oh man, I remember the thrill of plumbing in my first 3dfx card bundled with Quake 2. Was a frickin' revelation!
aaah, good old days, Monkey island - Loom - Atlantis ... games that took you to an entirely another dimension despite the pixelized graphics, to us it was 4k definition lol
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I just really hope laptop makers actually make use of the Zen/Vega combo. Some super lightweight machines, with integrated Vega GPU power, could make for great little 1080p gaming ultrabooks.
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Not wishing to prolong the sadness, but what was it that you liked about Raptr? I'm genuinely intrigued about what it gave you that the Radeon software doesn't.
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If you're going pro and recording audio then an external sound card might be a better bet, but the shielding on modern PCIe sound cards is usually pretty good.
You can get a great audio upgrade from cheaper USB add-ons, like Creative's $25 Sound Blaster Play 3, but the discrete PCIe ones are another level on.
I may be wrong here, but I think you might be getting confused between total platform power draw and the rated thermal design point (TDP) of the cards.
The TDP of your liquid-chilled Vega 64 is 345W, essentially meaning its cooling has been designed to dissipate that level of energy use under load.
The total platform power draw shown in the benchmarks above represent the amount of energy being drawn from the wall into our test rig's PSU. That was taken using a discrete energy meter while running Battlefield 4 at max settings and at 1440p; the same method I've used for all of my GPU tests for a good few generations of graphics card.
The temperature readings are taken from Afterburner, which we leave running throughout the entirety of our testing suite to catch the maximum temperature, as well as long term GPU frequencies too.
Well Tom's hardware did report that they recorded peaks from the standard air-cooled card (just the card, not including the rest of the system components) of 385w. Though their monitoring equipment is probably more sensitive to peaks.