AMD’s RX 480 is out, and it’s an exciting card. It may not be as revolutionary or as powerful as many had hoped, but it does what it says on the tin: offer VR-capable performance on a budget.
AMD’s dimpled reference design is understated and classic. Simple, and a case of function over form. But what of AIB partner boards? What sorts of graphics cards will other vendors be making. What will they look like, and importantly, how will they be boosted over the regular card?
Well MSI’s got a card coming based on the reference design, but according to a press release, there’s also a Gaming X version of the RX 480 on the way, and it takes its cues from the company’s 1080 and 1070 GTX cards. Like those cards, it’ll have cooling supplied by the company’s TWIN FROZR VI solution.
ASUS, too, has a 480 coming based off its current Strix lines of cards. Asus fans know that means you can expect a card utilising the company’s DirectCU III cooling system, which means 3 fans and a semi-passive cooling solution; the fans won’t spin unless it’s necessary.
Reviews of the reference RX 480 hit yesterday, all based on the standard reference design. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of boosted clocks and cooling solutions AIB vendors are able to achieve with AMD’s more power and heat efficient Polaris chipsets.
And while the RX 480 is currently the king of the price to performance, Nvidia’s 1060 may throw a spanner in AMDs works – especially if its own Pascal chips can reach or exceed GTX 970 performance for a similar price.
Last Updated: June 30, 2016