I have a beefy custom loop so any card I buy will be getting a block anyway, thus my non-caring about watts, heat, and noise. In fact, I would argue that the RVII seems to be one of those cards that actually rewards us water coolers as in some edge-case scenarios the performance under water goes far beyond a 2080 and lands more closely to the 2080Ti. The 2080 OTOH renders water cooling completely superfluous just like Pascal did before it, which is certainly good news for the mainstream GPU consumers but is disappointing to many of us enthusiasts on OCN who already have their loops built and enjoy seeing our new cards benefit from them.Has nothing to do with being able to afford it. More watts, more heat, more noise. I want good performance, but i also watt *decent efficiency* - not great, just decent.
Radeon VII uses like 300 watts while performing less tha 2080, which uses 200 watts.
There's no way I'd get Radeon VII over 2080. I don't want any of them tho. I'll be waiting for Nvidia 7nm/7nm+
GN touched on the topic of water cooling the RVII in a video yesterday (it was a bit rushed as they were leaving for Asia today and couldn't go super into depth about their findings), but they did point out that simply water cooling the card in and of itself netted them significant performance gains. Its really like a throwback video card to the Kepler/Hawaii days when water cooling your GPU's had tangible benefits that came with a sense of satisfaction for having designed and built a full custom loop in the first place!