AMD Radeon RX 480 Crossfire Setup Faster Than Nvidia GTX 1080 For Under $500
AMD has unveiled the Radeon RX 480 based on their forth generation GCN architecture and the latest 14nm FinFET process technology. The first Polaris based card isn’t a direct competitor to Nvidia’s recently launched GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, but AMD claims it deliver a massive leap in performance per watt, as well as performance per dollar, making it the most competitive Radeon graphics card ever.
To show the true potential of Radeon RX 480, AMD showed off its graphics demonstration running in CrossFire setup during their press event at Computex 2016. The Radeon RX 480 CrossFire solution was compared against a GTX 1080, by benchmarking both cards in DirectX 12 capable Ashes of the Singularity.
The demo reveals the dual RX 480 offering much better graphics performance and efficiency for less than $500 as compared to the GTX 1080 which retails for $600. Further, the slide shows AMD RX 480 using 51% of the GPU power versus 98.7% on 1080.
Well that’s incredibly impressive, but some reviewers claim that the Polaris based card was running at different settings than the Nvidia solution so we’d recommend you to take this with a grain of salt until more benchmarks surface.
In the meantime, let’s take a quick look at the RX 480 specifications. While AMD didn’t reveal the specific Polaris chip that is powering the card, we expect to feature Polaris 10 SKU. The GPU includes 36 compute units (CUs), and a total of 2304 stream processors (SPs) on a clock speed that is yet to be determined.
However, a recent screenshot shows the Radeon RX 480 to feature a core clock speed of 1,266MHz, indicating that the graphics card could have a great overclocking potential.
Moreover, the card offers up to 5.5 TFLOPS of compute performance, while on the memory front, it is equipped with 8GB GDDR5, running across a 256-bit memory. This means we’re looking at a total of 256GB/sec of memory bandwidth to feed the RX 480’s GPU.
Last but not least, the TDP is set at just 150W, and will be powered by a single 6-Pin connector. AMD Radeon RX 480 will be available for purchase on June 29th at a price of $199 for the 4 GB and $229 for the 8 GB variants.
Do you think Radeon RX 480 CrossFire setup could beat a GeForce GTX 1080 in terms of performance and price? Or, is it just part of AMD’s marketing plan? Let us in the comments section below.
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