AMD RX 480 Contradictory Benchmark Results, Can it Actually Beat GTX 980 and R9 Nano?
AMD RX 480 graphics card is the talk of the town these days. Planned to hit the market on June 29 for $199 (4GB variant) and $229 (8GB variant). The graphics card was officially unveiled a few weeks ago at Computex 2016 and has seen multiple unofficial benchmarks detailing how AMD RX 480 fares against AMD Nano and GTX 980.
TechFrag recently detailed AMD RX 480 CrossFire performance. According to benchmarks, AMD 480 CrossFire setup scored 81% more than single card on 3DMark FireStrike and beats single GTX 1080 by 1%. This goes in line with AMD claims and previously leaked 3DMark scores.
When it comes to single card benchmarks, on the other hand, the results are not as coherent. There have been multiple benchmarks of the single RX 480, each showing different results, especially when it comes to comparison against AMD Nano and GeForce GTX 980.
The first benchmark we have is of 3DMark FireStrike Ultra 1.1 using both 4GB and 8GB variants coupled with Intel Core i7 4960X CPU. These benchmark results sent to WCCF puts the $199 graphics card ahead of AMD R9 Nano, overclocked GTX 980, and overclocked R9 390. As good as these results appear, these go in line with Chinese forum benchmark charts that recently appeared online.
On the other hand, we have benchmarks coming in from VideoCardz, claiming them to be 100% legit – unlike the one appearing on Chinese forums. These 3DMark FireStrike Ultra 1.1 benchmarks in contrast to the ones mentioned earlier place single AMD RX 480 below both GeForce GTX 980 and AMD R9 Nano:
Another thing to note here is that neither of these benchmarks are conclusive of gaming performance of these graphics cards. Since there are quite a lot factors to take into consideration when it comes to gaming performance, it is better to wait until publications come up with reviews.
Even if we consider other factors including CPU, doling out this much performance is farfetched. But whatever the case be, for $199, AMD RX 480 is indeed a great value for money and if it can actually beat an overclocked GTX 980 (which I highly doubt that it can) more power to AMD.
But like I mentioned earlier, it is always better to wait for official results instead of relying on less credible sources.