AMD Radeon RX 480 Beats R9 Nano in 3DMark Firestrike Ultra Benchmarks – Clocks at 1266MHz, Draws 100W Power
Last week, AMD Radeon RX 480 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks leaked showing the new Polaris based graphics card beating Nvidia GeForce GTX 980. Today some more details have hit the web, which include RX 480 4GB & 8GB performance benchmarks, GPU clock speeds, power consumption, and temperatures under load.
Let’s start with the Radeon RX 480 3DMark Firestrike Ultra 1.1 benchmarks. The RX 480 4GB and 8GB versions both clocked at 1266MHz manage to beat AMD’s last generation R9 Nano. This is incredibly impressive considering the latter is a Fiji-powered enthusiast level graphics card featuring HBM1 technology. However, compared to the 28nm process node on which Nano is based, the RX 480 is built using 14nm FinFET based design, with GDDR5 memory.
In other words, if these leaked benchmarks are to be believed, this $199 graphics powerhouse is capable of delivering performance comparable to $500 GPUs from last-gen – something AMD mentioned during the RX 480 unveiling event back at Computex.
The report further reveals that Polaris 10 based Radeon RX 480 4GB and 8GB both feature a base a base clock speed of 1080Mhz and a boost clock speed of 1266Mhz out of the box. Under typical gaming loads, the RX 480 consumes roughly 100W of power, hitting around 60 degrees Celsius on an open-air test bench.
The reference design includes a single 6-pin PCIe connector, which coupled with the PCIe slot delivers a maximum power of 150W. Custom variants will feature an additional single 8-pin PCIe connector or dual 6-pin PCIe power connector, while the “beast mode” AIB cards will feature a single six pin and a single eight pin design.
As for the pricing, the Radeon RX 480 4GB version will cost $199 and the 8GB version will cost $229. Custom cards from partners will cost more as they’ll have higher clock speeds and better cooling mechanism.
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