AMD RX 480 Review

by Linda Olson July 1, 2016, 1:38
AMD RX 480 Review

Since there was not enough parts to build the Radeon RX 480 4GB cards for the launch today all the at-launch cards are shipping with 8GB of 8Gbps GDDR5 memory. Asus announced that the manufacturer will soon release a Radeon RX 480 Strix. Total power draw is rated at 150W, and AMD promises 2.8X better performance per Watt compared to Radeon R9 200 series cards. Though Polaris delivers major power efficiency improvements relative to prior AMD GPUs, and has been optimized for virtual reality gaming, it mainly targets "mainstream" desktop and notebook users. Visit Radeon.com here to learn more about how the Radeon™ RX 480 4GB card is helping to truly democratize VR.

New process nodes, first in memory types and bandwidth, and first to support new gaming APIs. It's an affordable GPU capable of going the distance with DirectX 12 gaming. Instead, AMD will put connections on the circuit board, and it is up to third party manufacturers to decide if they want to incorporate a DVI slot on their versions of the RX 480.

AMD's Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB GDDR5 graphics card is available for $359 at Canada Computers.

The GPU is codenamed Polaris 10 and it has 2304 stream processors divided into 36 clusters.

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The Radeon RX480 GPU is the latest technology engineered to deliver the best performance/$ in its class, democratise VR, and deliver a wide range of future-proof technologies supporting the current and forthcoming game and video standards. The company has developed certain technologies that complement Radeon RX Series GPU in redefining the overall gaming experience for users.

The GPU on the reference Radeon RX 480 is clocked at 1120MHz for the GPU base and 1266MHz for the GPU Boost clock.

Meanwhile, AMD's FreeSync technology has also seen increased adoption by graphics card players recently, relatively raising AMD's share in worldwide PC discrete graphics card market to close to 30% in the first quarter. More information on the new Radeon WattMan is available here.

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