With the power of hindsight, I look reflect on Polaris and judge whether the Radeon 400 series was a success.
0:39 - The Story of the Radeon 4800 series
1:58 - AMD falling behind
3:31 - Polaris
4:19 - The previews
5:30 - Was Polaris like the 4800 series all over again?
7:31 - VS Geforce 900 series
8:19 - Efficiency Wars!
9:42 - The Geforce 1060
10:20 - The rest of the lineups
11:58 - How many were bought? And reasons
16:25 - Mining
17:24 - Conclusion
My Polaris Preview video: https://youtu.be/c7vAN3IVBdY
Adoredtv's undervolting video: https://youtu.be/nWDgrAQ678g
This video started as an afternoon project and became a 4 day slog, going through several different versions. I wanted to make this video easy to understand, fast-paced and somewhat entertaining, though I had to skip over some of the smaller details along the way. Behold, my disclaimers:
* I'm not too interested in getting into an Nvidia VS AMD argument, I haven't deliberately twisted the figures to make one company look better than the other. Treat this as a rough overview of the architectures, and if you want to know more then I suggest you look up detailed reviews yourself.
* There's also an 8 GB 470 and 4 GB 480.
* The 4800 VS Geforce 200 benchmarks were from Anandtech articles, not all games were included in the comparison as not all cards were shown for each. I did my best to feature all of the games that were benchmarked on all of the cards. https://www.anandtech.com/show/2556
* I don't recall the Radeon 4870 being QUITE so fast compared to the Geforce 280. I notice the 94% was in part from a strong Bioshock performance... but why not. It's still a game.
* The 400 VS Geforce 900 benchmarks were from Guru3d reviews, as they had a better range of games and comparisons. Again, I tried to find games and settings that were tested for all graphics cards in this video. https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-geforce-gtx-1050-and-1050-ti-gaming-x-review,1.html
* The Geforce 1060 3 GB was problematic as they had changed the list of games reviewed by then. Rather than to cut the games out, I decided to guess the performance from the other results and to make it clear with a big colourful disclaimer in the video itself! https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-geforce-gtx-1060-gaming-x-3gb-review,1.html
* Geforce 970 didn't seem to be benchmarked on Doom Vulkan, so the number you'll see here is from OpenGL, which may have dropped average performance by like, 1%.
* You could probably also undervolt a Geforce 1060 to get better performance.
* Pricing was also difficult. The Radeon 460 was released for more than $99, but because I was comparing it to the Geforce 1050 I used the price it was at upon the Geforce 1050's launch for fairness. I also had trouble finding the Geforce 970 and 980 prices at the time of Polaris's release. It's so hard to do!
* Yes, Steam Hardware is skewed because it represents Chinese LAN cafes as well. But that's because they're all using Nvidia cards :P
* That being said, I'm proud of what I've found in this video. I've been fascinated by how Polaris fared compared with the older 4800 series and with this video I think I've found some closure. I hope that you enjoy this video.
Impact Prelude Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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