AMD Radeon RX 480 CloseUp Shots Highlight Only One 6-pin PCIe Connector
Yesterday, AMD revealed its Polaris based Radeon RX 480, a graphics card with the potential to attract more and more gamers towards virtual reality. The main reason that it would attract a wider audience is that this card is priced at $199, making it more accessible to mainstream market.
AMD claims that Polaris GPUs are a huge leap forward in performance per watt. This claim is backed by an incredible architecture being produced upon TSMC’s 16-nanometer and GlobalFoundrie’s 14-nanometer manufacturing processes.
Using FinFET transistors has many advantages, one of them is that it requires less less voltage and there is less static leakage. Which in turn becomes the reason of less power consumption without compromising performance.
AMD has released some Radeon RX 480 closeup shots, and we are going to take a closer look at them, since a picture is worth a thousand words.
If you look at Radeon RX 480 closeup shots, you will notice that it requires only one 6-pin PCIe connector to get its energy, and it is a welcome feature that AMD is looking towards more power efficient architectures, which require less cabling and power draw.
Radeon RX 480 features 36 compute units that deliver almost 5 TFLOPS of compute performance. For comparison, AMD Radeon R9 390 has 40 compute units that deliver 5.12 TFLOPS of compute performance. Despite the fact that both offer same level of performance, the R9 390 requires dual PCIe connectors (8-pin and 6-pin).
This ultimately results in lower TDP, while on one hand R9 390 has a TDP of 275 watts, the RX 480 has a TDP of 150 Watts. This lower power consumption also means that running two RX 480 in a crossfire setup is a more viable choice.
It is important to mention that according to AMD’s benchmarks, the dual RX 480 setup has better performance compared to single GTX 1080, and what is more interesting is that the dual RX 480 setup is still cheaper than a single GTX 1080. The dual RX 480 costs around $500, while a single GTX 1080 costs around $599-$699. This is quite an interesting deal, given that the dual RX 480 setup keeps up this performance in multiple games.