AMD RX 480 PCI-SIG Integrator Listing Due To High TPD
AMD RX 480 came out a few weeks ago and it was the budget kind GPU for a month. A great offering from AMD in the attempt of getting VR to the masses. The GPU’s TDP from the PCIe slot is 75W and this has cost the RX 480 a listing in the PCI-SIG Integrator. This list is compiled for hardware that follows PCI-Express specifications to the letter. The RX 480 in this regard is off spec.
The RX 480 draws more power from the slot and hence has its name is not on the list. What this means is that AMD cannot use the PCI-Express certification logo on the packaging of the product or any kind of marketing materials used to sell the product to consumers. However, this does not affect the partners that sell their own versions of the card.
Partners may not be affected by this as some are using an 8 pin power connector instead of the 6 pin on the reference model. So they can use the certification logo is their product meets the specifications required. The reference RX 480 does not do so and needs more power than what the PCI slot and the power connector can provide.
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.1 Beta do solve these problems. Even with these issues, the RX 480 has been a very successful card. It has been selling all over the US and other parts of the world. This is one of the most difficult GPUs to get your hands on even right now. There have been various partners that have released this GPU and there are multiple variants that have come out and yet is unlikely that you are going to get one of the these RX 480 GPUs.
What do you think about these listings and will it affect your decision about buying the GPU?