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AMD RX 480 Overclocked To 1.6Ghz+, Cooler Tear Down & Production Line Photos Leaked

Khalid Moammer
Posted Jun 20, 2016
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AMD Radeon RX 480 overclocked to 1600Mhz+, reference cooler torn down & detailed and card’s production line photographed. That and more in perhaps one of the biggest leaks surrounding AMD’s new and highly anticipated $199 graphics cards to date.

So let’s get straight into the juicy bits. A few days ago we reported in an exclusive story that the AMD Radeon RX 480 can hit clock speeds upwards of 1.5Ghz and that AMD is launching a brand new overclocking tool with a new host of features among which is voltage control. Well only yesterday we were tipped about a specific source in Asia who we had a close eye on for the past week. The source will remain unnamed to protect their identity but suffice to say this individual has had an RX 480 for close to week and has been leaking pieces of info about the card ever since.

AMD RX 480 Overclocked to 1607Mhz

So far everything that this particular individual has leaked we’ve managed to corroborate and confirm with our sources. So we know that his leaks are genuine. Interestingly, this person streamed live gameplay running on an RX 480 yesterday. In the video, which has now been removed, it was revealed that the particular RX 480 sample that was being used had been overclocked to 1607Mhz.

RX 480 Overclocked to 1607MhzThe screenshot above shows an AMD Radeon RX 480 running at 1607Mhz.

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Interestingly, it seems that not all of AMD’s add-in-board partners intend to launch reference RX 480 graphics cards with the reference 1266Mhz boost clock speed. XFX for one is preparing an 8GB RX 480 reference design with a boost frequency of 1328Mhz right out of the box.

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The GPU-Z screencap also confirms pretty much all of the specifications that had been leaked a month ago. The RX 480 will feature 36 compute units with 2304 GCN cores. A 256bit memory interface connected to 8Gbps GDDR5 memory for a total of 256GB/s of memory bandwidth.

WCCFAMD Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon R9 390XNvidia GeForce GTX 980
GPUPolaris 10 XTGrenada XTGM204-400
Process Node14nm FinFET28nm28nm
Compute Units 3644NA
CUDA CoresNANA2048
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 2.0Maxwell 2.0
Boost Clock1266Mhz1050Mhz1216Mhz
Peak Single Precision Compute5.8 TFLOPS5.9 TFLOPS5.0+ TFLOPS
Memory Bus256-bit512-bit256-bit
Memory4/8GB GDDR58GB GDDR54GB GDDR5
VRAM Speed8Gbps6Gbps7GBps
Bandwidth256GB/s384GB/s224GB/s
TDP150W275W165W
Typical Power~100W~250W~165W
Launch Price$199$429$549

AMD Radeon RX 480 Cooler Torn Down & Pictured

We’ve already detailed the reference design cooler for the RX 480 in our exclusive story about the card’s stock clock speeds, power consumption and temperatures five days ago.

AMD Radeon RX 480 Reference COoler
The cooling design features a single peripherally placed 75mm blower fan that pushes air towards an Aluminum fin heatsink with a copper contact heatplate placed on-top of the GPU die, exhausting all of the heat out of the back of the card. Custom AIB cards on the other hand will feature open air solutions with dual and triple fan designs.

XFX’s Radeon RX 480 Reference Card Comes With A Backplate

XFX AMD RAdeon RX 480 Production Line

The reference RX 480 design doesn’t feature a backplate. However, we’re seeing AIBs such as XFX and Sapphire adding their own custom backplates to their reference cards. The XFX and Sapphire backplates differ slightly. XFX decided to make a backplate that covers the entire length of the card. While Sapphire chose to design a backplate that only covers the length of the PCB.

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Sapphire RX 480 BackplateSapphire’s solution, while less aesthetically pleasing, does not affect the width of the card. Which improves cooling in tight crossfire configurations where the cards are installed right next to each other.

Before I bring this article to close I should mention that we have confirmed one additional piece of info. And that is on launch day, 29th of June, only reference RX 480 cards will be available. However, custom RX 480 graphics cards from a host of different add-in-board partners have been in the works for sometime and will be available shortly afterwards.

Finally, I’d like to give a big shout out to tugasdocrl who has created all of the awesome wallpapers that I’ve been using in my most recent RX 480 articles. Check out his imgur page. He’s got a bunch of cool stuff that I’m sure many of you AMD Radeon fans out there will appreciate.

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