AMD Radeon RX 480 review: the best GPU in 200$
If you wanted to buy AMD Radeon RX 480, then congratulations, you can finally buy it. It has been so long wait but AMD’s Radeon RX 480 is finally here. As of now, you can order 4GB & 8GB both versions of the RX 480 online or from your local store. and if you have been waiting for gaming benchmarks then you’re in luck. Because we have them, yes all of them. So let’s check it out!
AMD has been moved from its GCN (Graphics Core Next) 3 architecture to GCN 4, codenamed Polaris. It is a fairly big shift in terms of the chip’s physical design. Gone is the 28-nanometer process used in the previous generation, to be replaced by a 14nm process. This allows for a greater number of transistors on any given piece of silicon, but without resulting in an increase in power consumption & heat.
The 14nm process is denser than the 16nm process of Nvidia’s Pascal architecture, used in the GTX 1070 & 1080, but since AMD hasn’t yet launched a GPU to rival either of these cards, direct comparisons on the effectiveness of this denser arrangement remain to be seen.
The Radeon RX 480 is AMD’s first 14nm FinFET GPU, it brings a number of improvements in it. HDMI 2.0b & DisplayPort 1.3 & 1.4 both are supported, as are emerging features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays, FreeSync (via both DisplayPort & HDMI), and a new H.265 / HEVC decoder block with support for up to 1080p240, 1440p120, or 4K60 (that’s the resolution followed by the maximum frame rate). DVI users will need an adapter if they want to use that form factor — unlike many of AMD’s older parts in this price range, the RX 480 packs one HDMI 2.0b port & 3x DisplayPorts.
AMD RX 480 has a PCIe power draw issue with old and cheap motherboards. It is drawing more power from the PCIe slot than the 6 pin power connector. This results in destabilizing of the motherboard and the system shut off. If you have an ancient motherboard they purchase only those 480s which are being released by third party manufacturers who might release a variant of this card with a 8 pin power connector.
It has been priced a lot higher in Europe and India, this is because of the high taxes imposed by governments, AMD is not responsible for those shot up prices.