AMD Radeon RX 480 is a Cheaper Alternative to Enthusiast Gamer, Needs to Deliver in Performance
AMD Radeon RX 480 is a mid sized beast according to AMD. It also went on to claim that in CrossFire, the card can outdo Nvidia’s mighty GTX 1080. These are big claims and it would be a shame if AMD fails to pull it off once reviewers actually get to fully test out Polaris 10 based AMD Radeon RX 480.
The good news is that early signs are very positive, we saw it running Doom in 1440p with a playable frame rate. However, on a single card don’t expect it to max out games that’s is why we recommend GTX 1070 for single card users due its impeccable price to performance ratio.
AMD Radeon RX 480 comes with 36 compute units and a total of 2306 shaders, 256-bit memory interface, 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5, and a theoretical maximum of 256GB/s of bandwidth, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support for high-end 4K functionality, and DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4. However, it takes a step back and uses the same GDDR5 memory module, even though we were hoping to see GDDR5x at least.
There is still plenty that isn’t known about the card for the time being and we to have direct access to 480 to test things out. But according to a vague statement by AMD regarding RX 480’s computational power, it goes over 5 TFLOPs.
We are looking at a 1266MHz boost clock on a 14nm FinFET chip manufacturing process which is a step above Nvidia 16nm.
Costing only $199 for the 4GB model, RX 480 is a very decent alternative for enthusiasts looking to CrossFire. Threatocally, in CrossFire is should be able to provide a very decent performance at higher resolutions. The best part about this card is that this one is not a rebrand of any kind. It is a completely new card with new features and better performance.
Benchmarks should be available in a few days but from what we have seen of the card so far, it can definitely make a name for itself in the enthusiast space with CrossFire.
AMD claims that it can out do GTX 1080 in CrossFire but running two cards always poses an issue. Just touching the level of performance provided by GTX 1080 won’t be enough as Rx 480 CrossFire will truly have to outdo Nvidia’s card in order to make it worth running CrossFire setup.
The setup itself is never the problem, devs not optimizing games correctly for such setups create is the issue. Thankfully, PC games development is seeing improvements and AMD’s software support has never been better so we expect AMD Radeon RX 480 to perform at its finest in CrossFire