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AMD RX 480 Offers Best-in-Class Performance For $199/$239 99

Reader Vigile writes: It's been a terribly long news cycle, but today is finally the day reviews and sales start of the new AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card based on the company's latest Polaris architecture and built on 14nm FinFET process technology. With a starting price tag of $199 for the 4GB model and $239 for the 8GB, the RX 480 has some interesting performance characteristics. Compared to the GeForce GTX 970, currently selling for around $280, the RX 480 performs +/- 5-10% in DX11 games but PC Perspective found that the RX 480 was as much as 40% faster in DX12 titles like Gears of War, Hitman and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Compared to previous AMD products, the RX 480 is as fast as a Radeon R9 390 but uses just 150 watts compared to 275 watts for the previous generation. Chances are that NVIDIA will have a competing product based on Pascal available sometime in July, so AMD's advantage may be short-lived; but in the meantime, the Radeon RX 480 is clearly the best GPU for $200.AnandTech has more details.
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AMD RX 480 Offers Best-in-Class Performance For $199/$239

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  • Rx480 (Score:5, Funny)

    by thoper ( 838719 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @05:14PM (#52416131)
    No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.
  • by SlashdotOgre ( 739181 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @05:22PM (#52416183) Journal

    A quick glance at the Vigile's submission history shows that every one of his or her post links to Never heard of the site, and definitely not going to check them out now. If you're going to submit posts like this, at least making your conflict of interest be clear.

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      A quick glance at the Vigile's submission history shows that every one of his or her post links to Never heard of the site, and definitely not going to check them out now. If you're going to submit posts like this, at least making your conflict of interest be clear.

      Well before this it used to be's shill, so at least they're doing some variation.

    • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @05:53PM (#52416339)


      It's just another hardware review site and it wrote about a topic of interest to the /. crowd.

      I'd like to remind you that /. is a news aggregator. That means someone submits stories. Whether we accept them is ultimately up to the firehose and the people here.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm not sure what the point is you're trying to make. People promote the blogs they work for, big deal. MojoKid [] works for Hot Hardware and itwbennett [] works for IT World/CSOO Online, and we see gobs of posts from them, sometimes once or twice a day.

    • If you have never heard of PCPer than you shouldn't be reading articles about enthusiast PC hardware components at all. You will find MacRumors or more to your liking. Don't bother watching This Week In Computer Hardware on either, you will see some guy named Ryan Shrout that you never heard of before and remain befuddled by the audacity of Twit to have someone host a show you don't know personally.

  • The person who reported this story is a known AMD shill. Don't get me wrong, I am actually a big AMD fan and am excited about their upcoming new CPU architecture, but this should be taken with a grain of salt. Let the real reviews come in. Maybe the card really will be this great, but I am not going to consider one based on this biased review.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Dunno why everyone is bitching about this being an "ad."

    You've got 2 choices when it comes to discrete video cards. You know, that component you're using to read what I'm writing. (This is /. apologies to anyone who is reading this without a gpu.)

    One of those companies just released a new architecture, with a 2 generation die shrink. Some douche links to his review and the editors link in anandtech. And you morons bitch about it being an ad. What would you rather have on this site? More SJW articles about w

  • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @06:25PM (#52416479) Homepage

    It goes toe to toe with the GTX970 for $199/239, with the lesser card already having 0.5GB more memory in practice. If the GTX1060 pricing rumors of $249/299 for the 3/6GB version are true, they'll enjoy a substantial time alone at the $200 price point and that $50 difference really matters. They'll move a lot of "boring" value cards, it's maybe not exciting for enthusiasts that want to see them push the envelope, but this looks like the best business move AMD has done in a long time.

    I don't think their technology quite competes with Pascal but the leap from their last generation to this is huge, it's around Maxwell 2 class efficiency. Still it's in the realm of performance where I think nVidia will cash in on their advantage rather than try for the killing blow by reducing prices.

    • by Nemyst ( 1383049 )
      Nvidia has no interest in killing AMD off since they'd get regulated to hell and back. They'd have no competition at that point (no, Intel doesn't count). It's much better to keep AMD around in a roughly stable but weak state (which they will probably manage to do because Nvidia still carries a better reputation as a brand, and in part for good reasons) so they can't be a concern, but keep the regulators off their backs. It's the same logic Intel is following, at a guess.
  • I am all for AMD making a comeback (would especially like one in CPUs though) in order to drive competition, but this particular product seems a bit weaker than I'd expect in power consumption, which worries me. At 150W it has about the same power consumption as the much larger and faster nVidia GTX 1070. Unless GloFo's 14nm node has some sort of disadvantage (over the 16nm process nVidia is using), it would seem that AMD's design is not as good, which might mean they will not be competitive enough this rou

  • by Misagon ( 1135 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @10:38PM (#52417335)

    Tom's Hardware tested the power consumption [] of AMD's reference card and saw that could draw more power from both the motherboard and the 6-pin power connector than the PCI Express specification allows for either of them.

    I would wait a while before this issue is resolved. Maybe the issue could be fixed with a driver update, in which case only benchmarks done after the driver update would matter.
    Maybe a non-reference card will be released with an 8-pin power connector and better power distribution.

  • Hell yeah (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    These cards seem to work great with open source drivers on Linux. Check out the comparison between open source driver and Pro driver here:

    And two of these will blow away GTX 1080 at 1/4 of the price! And for 1/2 of the price of 1070!

    On top of that, with the two cards, I can setup KVM with VGA passthrough and play games in KVM without ever rebooting into windows!

    I am sick of having to install the damned propr

  • by wonkavader ( 605434 ) on Wednesday June 29, 2016 @11:13PM (#52417409)

    OK, I'm off-topic, but what's the best fanless video card? I want to run a 4k screen on my Linux box but don't care much about performance (no games) and want my machine to be quiet/silent.

    • Oh, and I want to drive the 4k screen at 60Hz, so displayport is a requirement.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      With a new CPU? It's inbuilt GPU. If you're doing no gaming whatsoever with browsing as your most graphics intensive application it's the same as running four 1080P screens, not really a big deal by itself.

      • Yes but motherboards with the Displayport out are a rarity, especially with AMD motherboards for APU.
        Low end graphics cards get no love either : the semi-current AMD low end is R7 240, and has no Displayport. It's not even low end enough for fanless. You could get an R7 360 : it's way overpowered (similar to Xbox One) but with a big fan and modern power manamagement it would be quiet ; it supports the "AMDGPU" driver on Ubuntu 16 and such. It has the same tech revision as an APU like AMD A8-7600.
        There is nv

        • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

          Yes but motherboards with the Displayport out are a rarity, especially with AMD motherboards for APU.

          Newegg lists at least 77 motherboards that support displayport and Intel 6th generation (skylake) CPUs that will do 4K. I beleive 5th generation Broadwell-H CPUs will also do 4K over displayport. Why are you stuck on just using AMD motherboards with APUs?

  • what nonsense is this? All reviews I saw is that the RX480 doesn't even outperform the 2 year old 970 in most games, it does have a slight increase on DX12 games, but marginal.. The RX480 cannot make it's promises true in real benchmarks (as in actual games etc).. Yes it's cheaper than the 970, but the 970 is a little bit faster on a lot of games. And especially on powerconsumption the RX480 is a real let down, for a GPU which was manufactured on a much smaller size..
    I certainly would wait before buying thi

    • for a GPU which was manufactured on a much smaller size..

      Unfortunately, we don't live in that kind of technology advancement period anymore. You can't hope for the kind of efficiency jumps that we had in the past.

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