Pascal overclocks pretty well. So we think Nvidia are more waiting to see what kind of performance Vega gives. And then they will adjust the core clocks of their 1080Ti to match or just exceed that performance. They will do this instead of having to spend more money to get more performance thus increasing the price of their GPUs. If the 1070 and 1080 are anything to go by with the amount of OC legroom they can afford, it might not be a big deal for Nvidia to just boost the default clocks to match the performance.
Nvidia is lying in wait or AMD
Pascal does overclock well. But it throttles badly once you overclock it as it’s limited by heat build up. Even with a water cooler, the performance gain isn’t that impressive on a water-cooled GTX 1080. GTX 1080 throttles more than a 1070 when overclocking and the RRP prices are insane. $1200 for a GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme, or $2899 for an EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN X.
However, we’re only expecting Vega to match 1070 performance for a similar or lower price point. And be named the RX 490 with more higher end GPUs to compete with the 1080 and 1080Ti in the line. We’re not expecting Vega to be worlds apart. And offer twice as much performance as a 1080 or 1070 for €400. It’s just not going to happen.
We genuinely think there won’t be any big surprises here. We’ll just see comparable performance with the juicy tidbits of info being around the price of said GPUs.