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AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Models To Cost $229 US – No Custom Variants at Launch, Reference Cooler Delivers Great Cooling and Low Noise

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jun 21, 2016
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The pricing of the reference 8 GB Radeon RX 480 models has been confirmed to be set at $229 US. Just like the 4 GB variant which is priced at $199 US, the second variant of the Radeon RX 480 would be priced at sweet spot of under $249 US. Based on the Polaris 10 architecture, the Radeon RX 480 is designed to deliver great VR and AAA gaming experiences to the mainstream audience.

The AMD Radeon RX 480 will be hitting the sweet spot of sub-250 USD later this month.

AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Variants To Cost $229 US – Factory Overclocked Variants Around $249 US

The sub $250 US pricing of the Radeon RX series is very important for AMD as a vast majority of PC gamers fall in this market. The Radeon RX series would include graphics cards that range between the $100 US and $300 US price range. AMD’s 2016 lineup of Polaris graphics cards includes the Radeon RX 480 (Polaris 10 XT), Radeon RX 470 (Polaris 10 Pro) and Radeon RX 460 (Polaris 11 XT).

AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card will be available in both 4 GB and 8 GB variants at launch. The 4 GB models would cost $199 US and the 8 GB models would cost $229 US plus a little extra for factory overclocked variants. Even if you get a reference model, the Radeon RX 480 is promised to deliver good overclocking support as AMD has designed a new overclocking tool which would allow users to boost the graphics card beyond its reference clock speeds. The specifications of the Radeon RX 480 graphics card can be read below in detail:

AMD Radeon RX 480 Specifications at a glance:

Talking about specifications, the Radeon RX 480 will feature the Polaris 10 GPU core. AMD has used the full P10 configuration on the Radeon 480 and the cut down design will be featured on the Radeon 470. The cards will be based on the new 14nm GCN 4.0 architecture which will compete in the mainstream market with better efficiency figures than all previous GCN products.

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A picture of Radeon RX 480 graphics cards running in crossfire. (Image Credits: Extreme PC)

As stated before, the AMD Radeon RX 480 will have two variants, a 4 GB model and a 8 GB model. AMD will stick with GDDR5 memory as they want to optimize the cost of their solutions hence they will be using 8 GB/s memory chips which provide a total of 256 GB/s bandwidth on the graphics board along a 256-bit wide bus interface.

The card comes with a sweet 150W TDP while delivering high performance which is all due to the FinFET node. This allows the card to be powered by a single 6-Pin connector that keeps the card running cool and quiet. The new cooler design is same as the Radeon R9 380 along with some minor updates such as the glossy label while the logo itself is the latest Radeon version that AMD RTG has started using. Display connectors include three DP 1.4 and a single HDMI 2.0 port. Each AIB has their own stickers on the blower fan but most of the design has been retained from the reference models. The new cooler delivers great temperatures and low noise output.

AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 GPU Lineup:

Graphics Card NameAMD Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon RX 470AMD Radeon RX 470 SE/DAMD Radeon RX 460
Graphics CorePolaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 11
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Die Size232mm2232mm2232mm2123mm2
Transistors5.7 Billion5.7 Billion5.7 Billion3.0 Billion
Stream Processors2304 SPs2048 SPs1792-1536 SPs?896 SPs
Clock Frequency1266 MHz1206 MHz~1200 MHz1200 MHz
Compute Performance5.8 TFLOPs4.9 TFLOPs~4.3 TFLOPs?2.2 TFLOPs
VRAM4/8 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR54 GB GDDR52/4 GB GDDR5
Bus Interface256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit
Memory Speed8 GHz6.6 GHz7 GHz7 GHz
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s211 GB/s224 GB/s112 GB/s
TDP150W120W110W<75W
Launch Date29th June4th AugustNovember?8th August
Launch Price$199 US (4 GB)
$239 US (8 GB)
$179 US (4 GB)$149 US$99 US (2 GB)
$119 US (4 GB)
New Price$199 US (4 GB)
$239 US (8 GB)
$169 US (4 GB)$149 US (4 GB)$99 US (4 GB)
$89 US (2 GB)
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AMD Radeon 480 and Radeon 460 Polaris Day Game Demos:

AMD Radeon 480 Tested at 5K in Dirt Rally, Radeon RX 460 Tested in Dota 2 at 1080P (144 Hz) With Vulkan API and Radeon 480 Crossfire tested against a single GTX 1080. (Image Credits: Extreme PC)

AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 Rumored Block Diagram

A few days ago, we found a listing of an XFX Radeon RX 480 graphics card on a Chinese retail site. The site posted pictures and slides related to the Radeon RX 480 and one of the slides caught our eye. What we are looking at is probably the first look at the Polaris block diagram. You could see the block diagram for yourself in the picture below:

AMD Radeon 480 Only in Reference Flavors on Launch, Custom PCB and Custom Cooled Cards Later

Gibbo from OCUK revealed that AIBs will stick to offering reference variants on 29th June launch. This means that buyers who are out in the market to purchase a Radeon RX 480 on launch day will only get the reference variants which is similar to the GeForce GTX 1080’s reference offering on launch. But this doesn’t mean that we won’t get to see any custom variant after launch, Sapphire’s Radeon 480 was leaked a while back with a new dual-fan cooling design.

OCUK reveals that only reference models would be available at launch of the Radeon 480.

The custom variants will be available later next month and would be available at prices starting for $249 US depending on the clock speeds and the amount of effort went into designing improved PCBs compared to the reference variants. Expect more information on the Radeon RX 480 and the rest of the RX series in the coming weeks.

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