This is a rhetorical question since obviously nobody here would have any way of knowing this, but this is something I've been interested in for quite a while and it's baffling that even on Navi, their x264 HW encoder is pretty bad all things considered. Turing's HW encoder is pretty excellent and blows any currently-available Radeon equivalent out of the water. Navi was pretty good at other aspects of encoding/decoding but for some reason after they scrapped VCE things went south in several ways when it came to their x264 encoder. It's odd how they marketed Navi towards streamers when one of the main things that would benefit streamers, the x264 encoder, is like the worst part of the whole package when it comes to their HW encode capabilities. Yes, having a high-core count CPU and doing the x264 with that would be ideal for quality, but not everybody would be able to afford those CPUs. I just find it questionable how this aspect of the silicon and software package could somehow regress over time rather than improving. Anyone else got any thoughts on this?