We have long awaited the release of AMD’s new Polaris architecture and for AMD to use this new architecture in their cards. At Computex, AMD have released the first graphics card to use this architecture, the AMD RX480. This graphics card is VR Ready and despite having all these premium features, the graphics card will retail for a mere $199 for the 4GB edition of the graphics card, which is amazing to see. The RX480 is “the most affordable solution for premium PC VR experiences”.
With the new Polaris architecture, AMD is aiming to bring more affordable VR Ready desktops, as currently in the market, there are very few VR Ready graphics cards such as the NVIDIA GTX 1080, coming in at $599, and GTX 1070, coming in at $380. This means that AMD’s new card is astounding and much better than NVIDIA’s graphics cards, especially as right now it is hard for NVIDIA to beat without lowering prices of their current graphics cards.
With the new Polaris architecture and especially the AMD RX480, it can achieve more than 5 teraflops of computing power, which means the graphics card is really powerful. It is possible to get the graphics card in either 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 memory configurations and either way, the power required to use the RX480 is really low coming in at 150W. This means that it will not require a large power supply. It also allows for AMD Freesync and there are 1.3/1.4 DisplayPorts, which allow for HDR support.
However, the AMD RX480 will not be the best for gamers as it is not aimed for them. Despite that, it was pointed out that it will b able to run games such as Doom. We were also told that you can run two RX480’s simultaneously in Crossfire. With this configuration, it managed to beat a single NVIDIA 1080 in some games, such as Ashes of Singularity. When you think about it, you can get two RX480’s at $400, for the price of one 1080 at $600.
If you would like to purchase the graphics card, you can purchase it on the release of it on June 29. It will be available in two memory configurations of 4GB and 8GB, and whether you purchase one or two graphics cards, it is your choice.