Originally Posted by Dargonplay
Polaris will no doubt boost AMD's stocks after their next financial Q results and we get to see their improved marketshare, it's a smart and probably the only move AMD could do to get out of the hole they got in with their previous leadership.
I got out of AMD not long ago just before it went down from 4.90$ to 4.09$ after the announcement of Polaris, investors don't usually grasp the importance of a product release like this, I just made some cash and moved on, I will however Re-Enter when stocks drop even further after Polaris Launch, it might go as low as 3.90$, it'll only rise after that point when Polaris becomes a market success assuming Nvidia's GTX 1060s is as bad as its predecesor, which most likely is given the fact that Pascal is Maxwell ported into FinFet.
One thing that people seem to ignore is that Polaris RX 480 is no doubt an incredible upgrade to anyone running reference 290Xs, my reference 290 in my 2ndary ITX RIG is even worse than the 1080 Fools Edition, I can't even maintain 947MHz constantly unless I ramp up the fan to 100%, which sounds as bad as the 1080, I can't even hit stock clocks so forget about overclocking.
Current custom 390s sport 1050MHz stock and can overclock to 1100MHz easily, that alone is 15% extra performance over my reference 290 which puts things into perspective when you consider the fact that 15% is the same percentage difference between someone going from an Overclocked 980Ti to an Overclocked 1080, except this cost me 199$-219$ while it cost them near 900$, and this is assuming the RX 480 have the same performance of a custom 1100MHz 290, which is almost certainly not true and should be way above that.
If people with overclocked 980Tis/Titan X are willing to pay 900$ for 15% extra performance how come people with cards like the reference 290/290X shouldn't be expected to pay 199$ for 25% extra performance? That's not even counting the added ability of finally being able to overclock their cards and net even higher gains.
Plus P10 brings up a new command processor for the first time since GCN was designed, a new Geometry Processor and a Primitive discard accelerator.
Polaris 10 even if it's sporting the same RAW/Brute performance as a 1100MHz 290 it should in practice be way faster while gaming, especially on DX11 titles on which this new command processor should get rid of all API DX11 overhead, crushing my 290, and in Gameworks titles where Polaris should be faster than Maxwell when working on Tessellation.
This is yet to be proven by actual benchmarks and we will have everything confirmed in June 29th anyway, but saying a RX 480 isn't an upgrade for people with reference 290s/290X is foolish at best.