It’s all up to what the prices for the third party manufacturer cards will be when they come out in a month(?) or so. But guessing at this point I have doubts of upgrading from my R9 Fury right away. Maybe there’s some competition on price later in the year, but with these launch prices it doesn’t quite appear to me that AMD are prepared to battle for blood with Nvidia on price. Bar an unlikely performance surprise I don’t think Nvidia will find many reasons to touch their prices much.
By the looks of these coolers though I’m pretty sure the third party designs will be able to sport similar boost clocks as the water cooler model, using a triple fan design with a hefty heatsink. The performance results of the reference single fan design might well be a bit lower than what we’ll see with a more capable cooler.
Edit: Oh the TDP switch rumors came from an “old” slide, lol. Lastly if there is indeed a switch between 300 W and a 375 W TDP (likely through dual BIOS’es) for these cards, then I don’t see myself basing my decision on any 375 W performance scores. It’s just too much for my quiet build. I would be more inclined to undervolt a bit, as Vega FE has showed some promise on that part.