With manufacturers already starting to roll out their custom GTX 1060 variants, here we get to see a PowerColor RX 480 Red Devil in all of its glory, and that massive cooler isn’t just present for an aesthetic upgrade.
PowerColor RX 480 Red Devil Has Been Leaked To Feature Massive Overclocking Potential – Will Come Running At A Much Higher GPU Clock Speed ‘Out Of The Box’
Despite the fact that the specifications have not been confirmed, VideoCardz reports that the ‘out of the box’ clock speed of the PowerColor RX 480 Red Devil is said to be 1350MHz, suggesting that the graphics will easily be able to surpass the 1400MHz mark on the massive air cooler alone, assuming the clock speed happens to be right on the money. Since, this is a non-reference design, the custom board comes with an 8-pin power connector and the triple-fan cooler itself seems to be little longer than the board itself, but this should deliver much better cooling to all sections of the GPU.
Another thing that you may not have noticed is because of the non-reference design, you get another display connector on the I/O panel, and that happens to be a DVI port. RX 480 Red Devil features a full Polaris 10 GPU with 2304 Stream Processors, 8GB GDDR5 memory and 256-bit interface. There is even a specifications image given below (courtesy of Extreme PC).
AMD Radeon RX 480 is based on the latest GCN 4.0 architecture which makes use of the FinFET architecture to deliver low power consumption, lesser voltage leak and better performance. AMD deploys a completely new architecture for Polaris chips with enhanced features listed below:
- Primitive Discard Accelerator
- Hardware Scheduler
- Instruction Pre-Fetch
- Improved Shader Efficiency
- Memory Compression
As a result, these GPUs can deliver up to 1.7 times the performance per watt increase thanks to the FinFET architecture while AMD exclusive technologies will help drive this efficiency up to 2.8 times which is thoroughly impressive. In addition to the foundation of AMD’s current generation GCN architecture, 4th generation GCN introduces new features. And one of them is primitive discard acceleration, which in no certain terms is AMD’s way of revealing that its upcoming GPUs will add support for additional key DirectX12 features such as Conservative Rasterization.
Additionally, AMD Radeon RX 480 is also capable of delivering up to 5.5 TFLOPs of compute performance which is extremely impressive considering the Radeon R9 390X delivers 400 GFLOPs more while consuming much more power (275W for the R9 390X vs 150W for the RX 480). While the graphics is available in the 8GB GDDR5 variant, it is also available in the 4GB GDDR5 model.
The 8GB frame buffer will allow great gaming experience on the 1440p resolution, and the memory clock of the GPU is running at 8GHz, which brings us to a grand total of 256 GB/s memory bandwidth. Could be PowerColor variant provide consumers with the much needed enticement to purchase this over a non-reference custom GTX 1060? Tell us right away.
AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 GPU Lineup:
|Graphics Card Name||AMD Radeon RX 480||AMD Radeon RX 470||AMD Radeon RX 470D||AMD Radeon RX 460 1024 SPs||AMD Radeon RX 460|
|Graphics Core||Polaris 10||Polaris 10||Polaris 10||Polaris 11||Polaris 11|
|Process Node||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET||14nm FinFET|
|Transistors||5.7 Billion||5.7 Billion||5.7 Billion||3.0 Billion||3.0 Billion|
|Stream Processors||2304 SPs||2048 SPs||1792 SPs||1024 SPs||896 SPs|
|Clock Frequency||1266 MHz||1206 MHz||1206 MHz||1200 MHz||1200 MHz|
|Compute Performance||5.8 TFLOPs||4.9 TFLOPs||4.3 TFLOPs||2.56 TFLOPs||2.2 TFLOPs|
|VRAM||4/8 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||2/4 GB GDDR5|
|Memory Speed||8 GHz||6.6 GHz||6.6 GHz||7 GHz||7 GHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||256 GB/s||211 GB/s||211 GB/s||112 GB/s||112 GB/s|
|Launch Date||29th June||4th August||20th October||TBD||8th August|
|Launch Price||$199 US (4 GB)|
$239 US (8 GB)
|$179 US (4 GB)||$149 US (4 GB)||TBD||$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)||TBD||$99 US (4 GB)
$89 US (2 GB)