AMD R9 480 Offers Performance Close to R9 390X at Half Its Power-draw
With the launch of AMD’s next gen Polaris GPUs only three weeks away, the rumor mill is in full swing these days. Just last week, a report surfaced online claiming the high-end Polaris 10 chip would perform “close to” Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti (and AMD’s own R9 Fury X).
Now, new numbers from an early GFXBench run suggest that the cut-down Radeon R9 480 (non-X) will offer performance levels equivalent to the R9 390X. This doesn’t come as a surprise considering the base and X variants are off by about 10% in performance. Which sort of confirms the earlier rumor and puts the R9 480X just above the GTX 980 Ti.
If the latest leak is accurate, this means the R9 480 (which succeeds the current gen R9 380) would offer performance rivaling the $400 R9 390X at a $300-ish price point, and at half its power-draw. This appears to meet AMD’s claims that the Polaris architecture will be a “true generation leap” rather than tweaks to the existing tech.
Earlier, AMD’s Raja Koduri said the company is trying hard to reach out a wide audience that will be pleased with Polaris. They aim to gather gamers ranging from entry-level to enthusiasts by offering them a sweet deal in terms of performance per dollar.
We’re looking at the entire gamut of players, how many millions of them are there, what they buy, the performance per dollar aspect. How do we make it sweet for them from the performance per dollar aspect!