AMD RX 480 Hits US Stores, Supply 25x Larger Than GTX 1080 At Launch

Khalid Moammer
Posted Jun 24, 2016
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AMD’s RX 480 is now beginning to hit US stores. In quantities that are allegedly more than 20 times larger than GTX 1080 shipments at launch. We’ve reported a couple of days ago that the supply for AMD’s RX 480 graphics card is “strong” according to several of our industry sources. And that the RX 480 will be in-stock in substantial numbers at launch.

The photo you see at the top of the article was taken by reddit user sirbeers. It’s of a brand new Gigabyte RX 480 8GB shipment that has just hit a Microcenter branch in Baltimore. We’ve seen several RX 480 shipments arrive to retailers in various parts of Asia and Europe over the past few days. However, this is one of the very first that we have seen hit a US store.

Some retailers don’t receive any release date guidelines and will stock the cards as soon as the shipments arrive at the door. We’ve seen this happen with the Radeon 300 series launch. A lucky few got to leave with their brand new 300 series card well before its official launch date. We could see a repeat of that, especially that we’re seeing RX 480 shipments arriving so early before the June 29 launch date.

AMD RX 480 Shipments Hit US Stores, Supply 25x Larger Than GTX 1080 At Launch

Interestingly, yesterday a Microcenter branch in Overland Park Kansas revealed to a customer that they’re receiving a shipment of 100 RX 480 cards on the 28th of June. That’s exactly 25 times as many GTX 1080 cards the same branch had at launch, which was only four. We called the branch & confirmed. We were also told that their stock of GTX 1080 cards is currently limited to one per customer due to limited supply.

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The RX 400 include the RX 470 and RX 460 in both 8/4GB & 4/2GB variants. How many of each of those will be available at launch is still unconfirmed. However if the numbers above are anything to go by then it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a lot of cards.

One thing that we’ve managed to confirm is that all RX 400 series cards at launch will be reference designs. Although, custom AIB partner models will be available shortly afterwards. Speaking of which, Powercolor has just launched a giveaway for a yet unannounced card they’re launching. The giveaway is part of a teaser involving the company’s new “Devil” graphics card.

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Powercolor’s Devil series has always been the comapny’s highest-end single GPU offerings. They have traditionally bore the highest clock speeds and the company’s best cooling solutions. What’s interesting is that the giveaway ends on July 11. Which could be a hint at when we could expect to see the new Devil RX 480 graphics card come out.

As the RX 400 series launch grows nearer, we’ve been seeing more and more leaks surface to the web. Including gaming & 3DMark performance benchmarks, overclockingnoise, power & thermal testing. So stay tuned as we bring you the latest.

AMD RX 400 Series Specifications

Graphics Card NameAMD Radeon RX 480AMD Radeon RX 470AMD Radeon RX 460
Graphics CorePolaris 10 XTPolaris 10 ProPolaris 11
Process Node14nm FinFET14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Boost Clock 1266Mhz1206Mhz1200Mhz
Peak Compute5.83 TFLOPs4.9 TFLOPs2.2 TFLOPs
Memory4/8 GB GDDR54/8 GB GDDR52/4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface256-bit256-bit128-bit
Memory Speed8 GHz6.6 GHz7 GHz
Memory Bandwidth256 GB/s211 GB/s112 GB/s
Power150W120W75W
MSRP$199 (4 GB)
$239 (8 GB)
$179 (4 GB)
$109 (2 GB)
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