The people at AMD have made an official announcement about the release of their new next generation graphics card, named the Radeon RX 480, and from many points of view, it seems to have an upper hand on what Nvidia are offering, at least for the time being. The Radeon RX 480 has been a long time in the making, but it looks like it will be just as good as they said it would be. This powerful graphics card is VR ready and made with AAA gaming in mind.
Its real competitor is Nvidia’s GTX 1080, and the 2 graphics cards are pretty evenly matched. The thing is, there’s a huge price difference between them, and that’s not the only thing working in AMD’s favor. The GTX 1080, which has a GP104 chip and is said to deliver performance better than the Titan X, will cost gamers anywhere between 600 and 700 dollars. Now that’s a lot. AMD have set the price of the Radeon 480 at 200$ for the 4GB card, and 240$ for the 8GB model, although they first said the latter will cost 230$. The other major issue working in AMD’s favor is the fact that the GTX 1080 is out of stock at most sellers, and the ones that do have it available for purchase are overpricing it to the point of absurdity. Nvidia’s lesser version, the GTX 1070 has a price range of 380$ to 450$, still way more than the Radeon 480, and is also difficult to find in stock.
Reviewers who have tried and compared these graphics cards on the latest and most demanding games say the Radeon RX 480 is better in some games, and in the ones where the GTX models have the upper hand, the difference small or in some cases unrecognizable if not for the numbers.
Moor Insight & Strategy’s principal analyst, Patrick Moorhead, had this to say:
“By lowering the cost of ownership and increasing the VR TAM, the Radeon RX series has the potential to propel VR-ready systems into retail in higher volumes, drive new levels of VR content investment, and even drive down the cost of VR headsets.”
Here are the specs for the AMD Radeon RX 480 :
- Core Clock: 1266 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1733 MHz (not yet official)
- Stream Processors: 2304
- VRAM: 4GB or 8GB
- Memory Clock: 8 GHz
- Compute Performance: 5.5 TFLOPs
- Memory Bandwidth: 256 GB/s
- Memory Bus Width: 256-bit
- Transistors: 5.7 billion
- TDP: 150W
- Manufacturing Process: 14nm FinFET