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 AMD Launches the VR-ready Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card
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Message Text: Today AMD launched the Radeon RX 480 graphics card designed to deliver enthusiast-level gaming performance and features, and a value proposition to gamers around the world.

The Radeon RX 480 introduces new technology engineered to deliver greater performance/$, democratize VR and deliver a wide range of future-proof technologies supporting current and forthcoming game and video standards.

The cards will start at SEP $199 USD for the Radeon RX 480 4GB card, and SEP $239 for the Radeon RX 480 8GB card.

The cards are based on AMD's new Polaris architecture and they are produced using 14-nm FinFET process technology. The Polaris 10 GPU on AMD's Radeon RX 480 graphics card isn't a high-end monster like the GP104 chip powering Nvidia's first 16-nm FinFET cards, though. Instead, the RX 480 puts a $200-and-up price tag on VR-ready performance.

  AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB) AMD Radeon RX 480 (4GB)
Stream Processors 2304
(36 CUs)
2304
(36 CUs)
Texture Units 144 144
ROPs 32 32
Base Clock 1120MHz 1120MHz
Boost Clock 1266MHz 1266MHz
Memory Clock 7-8 Gbps GDDR5 7Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
VRAM 8GB 4GB
Transistor Count 5.7B 5.7B
Typical Board Power 150W 150W
Manufacturing Process GloFo 14nm FinFET GloFo 14nm FinFET
Architecture GCN 4 GCN 4
GPU Polaris 10 Polaris 10
Launch Price $239 $199

The Polaris 10 GPU on the RX 480 will run at 1120MHz base and 1266MHz boost speeds. Expect AMD's board partners will push those reference numbers up a bit as part of their usual process of tweaking and tuning. At those stock clocks, this card has a rated board power of 150W.

AMD is giving its board partners freedom to adjust GDDR5 speeds, but it's set a 7 GT/s floor on the speeds those vendors can use.

The RX 480 has three DisplayPort 1.3 ports and an HDMI 2.0b port with HDCP 2.2 support. The DisplayPorts are DP 1.4-HDR-ready, too.

For ore information, read our review for the AMD RX 480 graphics card.

 
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