Originally Posted by Kuivamaa
Consumption/thermals aside, a full polaris 10 die is comparable to a cut down GP104, so a highly clocked 480 should be going toe to toe with a 1070. If such SKUs are eventually released in AIB form and the performance is not around 980Ti/1070 levels, then there is something very wrong with polaris.
Reality is the RX480 is very far away from the GTX1070 in both performance and performance/watt.
The only area the RX480 trumps the GTX1070 is in perf/price, but not even by the huge amount we hoped it would.
If the GTX1070 was actually available for 379$ then the situation in price/perf for the 239$ 8GB RX480 would look very grim.
But the cheapest GTX1070 in Europe is 479€ and the cheapest RX480 8GB is 264€.
The GTX1070 is 46% faster than the RX480 8GB. With current prices for available cards the RX480 8GB has a better price/perf, but if both cards would sell at MSRP the gap would be much much smaller.
One thing to remember is that higher priced cards have a diminishing return (under normal circumstances). For example the Vanilla Titan at 1000$ was not twice as fast as the 500$ GTX 680.
The RX480 definitively makes the GTX1070 look better than it actually is. For around 399€ I'd definitively consider it. Sadly it's 479€ for the most ugly MSI plastic card I've ever seen.