Sapphire Radeon RX 480 NITRO 8GB Spotted Along with Reference Design
AMD recently revealed the Radeon RX 480 based on their next generation Polaris architecture and the industry-leading 14nm FinFET process technology. While we are expecting to see first reviews in the coming days, leaks have already started making their way to the web. In the latest, we get to see the first Radeon RX 480 with custom-designed cooler.
Folks over at HWBattle have leaked Sapphire Radeon RX 480 NITRO card featuring a brand new silver cooler shroud, packed in dual-slot and dual-fan design. From the looks of it, Radeon RX 480 Nitro features LED illuminated Sapphire logo, the colors of which change depending on the fan speed, or GPU temperature. There is also an option for users to create a custom-profile configuration for lighting, the source reveals.
In addition to this, the render of Sapphire’s own RX 480 reference design was also recently spotted in the wild. The leak reveals the front shroud will be painted in white, while having a fancy backplate at the back. Further, the Radeon logo on side will be replaced by Sapphire’s.
According to the source, some European stores have already received Radeon RX 480 stock, and they are ready to put the cards on sale. Chinese PowerColor brand called Dataland has also reservation lists in place for RX 480 sales.
Meanwhile, lets take a quick look at the product’s specifications as revealed by AMD. The Radeon RX 480 includes 36 compute units (CUs), and a total of 2306 shaders. The card is expected to feature a core clock speed of 1,266MHz, and up to 5.5 TFLOPS of compute performance.
In terms of memory, the RX 480 is equipped with 8GB GDDR5 across a 256-bit memory, delivering a total of 256GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Further, the TDP is set at just 150W, and will be powered by a single 6-Pin connector.
Performance-wise, AMD demoed the RX 480 CrossFire which was shown offering much better graphics performance and efficiency for less than $500 as compared to the GTX 1080 which retails for $600. However, benchmarks are controversial as some reviewers claimed the Polaris based card was running at different settings than the Nvidia solution.
In addition to this, alleged Radeon RX 480 3DMark 11 score hit the web yesterday, which suggests the card offers performance close to that of an Nvidia GTX 980, but is more capable of VR. Speaking of VR, AMD claims the Polaris based GPU is capable of “delivering VR capability common in $500 GPUs,” bringing virtual reality to the masses.
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.