Apparently, AMD took it upon themselves to launch this driver resulting from AMD's well documented DAG performance decrease for Ethereum mining hashrates. Specifically, in accordance with Legit Critiques, the Radeon RX 480 went from an anticipated 14.8 MH/s at DAG #199 (down from 24.6 MH/s at DAG #130) to a potential 24.8 MH/s DAG #199 efficiency in accordance with Claymore's benchmark script. Performance enhancements from the non-blockchain-geared driver launch appear to face at round 10-15%, which is not too shabby from a single, Beta driver launch.
This transfer from AMD might open up a proverbial can of worms, nevertheless, within the sense that it could begin to appear to be AMD's focus is not on gaming anymore. This is smart - the one focus of any firm is to earn money - so the truth that AMD is tapping the mining market with elevated, extra predictable efficiency and longevity is not unusual. That is very true if one considers Vega's current positioning against NVIDIA's parts, if current pricing trends remain. This transfer from the corporate, whereas wise from an financial perspective - a graphics card offered is a graphics card offered, interval - could carry the corporate some pushback from avid gamers, who merely need to have the ability to buy AMD's graphics playing cards for their historically-intended goal - gaming. That's already laborious to do - nigh inconceivable - at MSRP costs for AMD's most up-to-date architectures. And Vega appears to be happening the identical highway.