This is really sending up red flags for me. Gonna wait for confirmation on the Intel story.
AMD chose to implement HBM2 on consumer cards not because of performance increases, but because it halves the power consumption of GDDR5, and they were so desperate for that power savings on Vega that AMD would pay 3x the cost of GDDR5 to get it.
The product pipeline is in a terrible place if they are forced to make those kinds of decisions even after an 8 month delay on a thin product launch. Worst of all, the raw performance difference between Fury X and Vega has been shown to be nonexistent when locked to the same clock speeds. This shows AMD relied purely on clocks for its perf gains, something they can not do again for its next generation chip. And they can't adopt HBM2 because they're already using it. Raja's departure tells me Navi is not in a good place and there are no last ditch desperate options left to improve it.
I hope I'm wrong, but given AMD's marketing decisions with Vega I won't trust anything AMD publishes until reviewers have Navi in hand.
You have to admit, they hit the nail on the head a lot these days. It seems more and more plausible that these supposed "leaks" are deliberate. Not that there isn't a lot of trash as well.
Even a shotgun blast will hit its target, if you ignore most of the shot that missed. That site runs all
the rumors, just so they can claim they ran the leak that pans out.