Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
If leaks are seldom accurate, are they any good?
If you look at leaks simply as wanting to know something sooner than the official announcement and having them be 95%+ accurate, they aren't any good. That is especially true if a leak is out more than a month or two in advance, because things are practically guaranteed to change before the product is launched. But that is not what I like about his videos.
I find it interesting how a single chart determines completely whether a leak is right or not. Adored's work is based on a lot of speculation, and he freely admits this. He also knows his leaks can be inaccurate, which is why he says to take them with a grain of salt. But people still see them as some sort of gospel... And then they get angry at the guy, as if he's the one producing the products.
He was completely wrong on the naming on Navi for example. He also said it would still be GCN, although Lisa announced RDNA instead. We don't really know if it's a renaming of GCN since it got some new upgrades, or if it is indeed a truly new architecture.
It might also be possible that some are trying to destroy his credibility by deliberately leaking lies to him, mixed with some true leaks. He has trashed on multiple companies after all...
But in any case, it's not a pure fact that his Ryzen leak was fully wrong, in the sense that it might simply be outdated information. It is off in many ways but some products do line up:
The R7 3700 from the table is the R9 3900X. Price is $200 more in reality. TDP is 10w more. Clocks & cores match.
Similarly the R5 3600 from the table is the R7 3700X. $150 over. Clocks & cores match.
The R3 3300X is a very close match for the real R5 3600. $70 over.
In reality we got lower frequencies, higher prices, but better IPC improvements than expected. It's quite possible that these were design goals that got leaked to AdoredTV, rather than the final products. A lot can change in a couple of months.
It's also equally possible that 5 GHz was planned to be announced, but since Intel announced a 5 GHz all core boost on the 9900K refresh, and Ryzen was only capable of having a single core 5 GHz boost when XFR is enabled, that they refrained from talking about 5GHz entirely. There are still many unknowns here...
I see no reason to hate on the guy because his over 6 month old table doesn't line up with what we got.