Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 Drivers Fix Radeon RX 480 Power Draw Issues
The Radeon RX 480 is the budget king for now, at least until the GTX 1060 comes out and beats it. Even then the Radeon RX 480 will be a great card for the price. There were some cases where the Radeon RX 480 was drawing too much power from the motherboard and people were concerned that this would damage the board and reduce the life span. But AMD has fixed the issue with the Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 drivers update.
The Radeon RX 480 seemed to be drawing more power from the motherboard which seemed likely because of the 6 pin power connector limitation. But now with the Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 driver update, you will no longer be facing this problem. With the Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 driver update, you can either lower the power drawn from the PCIe slot, by the Radeon RX 480, or you can control the total power the GPU is using.
Both ways AMD has stayed true to their promise of fixing the power draw issue on the Radeon RX 480. If you were looking to buy this GPU but were turned off by this issue then you can rest assured it will no longer affect the GPU performance.
You can go into the settings of the Radeon RX 480 and configure the power so that both the PCIe slot as well as the power connector do not surpass the set limit. Giving you, even more control on how much power your GPU consumes.
Even though the Radeon RX 480 is a great card that has a fair price and is very powerful there are going to be people that will still look down upon it. Even though AMD has fixed the power draw issue. No matter what AMD does there will always be those hand full of people that will never be happy, probably because there products are still being out shined by Nvidia.
So are you going for the Radeon RX 480 now that the issue has been resolved or are you going to wait for the GTX 1060 release?
Bare in mind that the lower end version that is closer to the price point of the RX 480 does not support SLI. While you have better upgradability with the RX 480 supporting Crossfire even in the 4 GB version.