AMD Polaris RX 480 Runs DOOM at 1440p, Won’t Directly Compete with Nvidia GTX 1080
An AMD employee recently tweeted a picture of a FreeSync display, but the most interesting part was it being powered by an unannounced Radeon RX 480 graphics card.
This week, AMD held a “Polaris Tech Day” in Macau, where it reportedly revealed some key details about the Polaris architecture to editors and reviewers. The information shared at the event will however undergo embargo, and according to a leaked NDA paper the date expires on June 29th at 9 AM ET. Which is actually when we will start seeing first reviews on Polaris GPU.
But before the reviews go live later next month, AMD is set to give us a glimpse of their upcoming Radeon graphics cards based on the new 14nm FinFET process at the annual Computex tradeshow. One of the very same Polaris powered cards has now been teased by a Radeon employee in a tweet which was later deleted; the image is shown above.
The monitor in question is the Lenovo Y27F, a 27-inch 1080p Freesync display which can run at a higher resolution than the monitor with AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution enabled. The display is shown running the DOOM demo likely at 144 Hz, and according to a system sheet next to the monitor, the display is powered by the Radeon RX 480.
Right now, we don’t know which Polaris card is powering the system, but seeing the card running DOOM @ 144Hz, we expect the Radeon RX 480 to be an ultra high end graphics card carrying a more mainstream price point around the $250 to $300 mark.
So it’s pretty likely that the flagship Polaris GPU will perform under Nvidia’s new GTX 1080 graphics cards. In other word, AMD will let Nvidia own the relatively high end market with their GTX 1080 – which it would probably take care of when it launches the Vega GPU next year.
AMD is expected to reveal more details about its Polaris architecture on May 31st at Computex 2016.