AMD Radeon R480 Specs
|Data Rate (Effective)||8Gbps|
|Memory Size||4/8GB GDDR5|
|TDP / Power||150W
AMD also specifies that its RX480 is “VR Premium,” which seems to be what every manufacturer on the planet is doing right now. We're not keen on this branding for products, obviously, but there you have it.
The RX480 supports FreeSync, HDR, and uses 8Gbps GDDR5 dies. This memory speed is fairly standard for GPUs of the mid-range-and-up class.
More interestingly, the RX480 announcement specifically pointed toward notebook inclusion. AMD's more-or-less absent from the notebook market right now, and Polaris 10 & 11 look to be posturing to attack that market. At 150W TDP and with >5TFLOPS compute, the RX480 would challenge nVidia's notebook lineup (GTX 970M: ~95W; GTX 980M: ~125W).
AMD's mostly making noise about Virtual Reality support with its RX480. For more traditional gamers, the card will fill the mid-range and dodge challenging the new $450 GTX 1070 (reviewed here) and $700 GTX 1080 (reviewed here). One item of note is that there will be GTX 1070s as low as ~$380, but at $200 for an RX480 – or maybe $250 for the 8GB model, we're not sure – the two should mostly exist in separate market segments. It is the GTX 1060 that AMD will make AMD look over its shoulder.
More coverage on Polaris and the RX400 series of GPUs as it becomes available for posting.
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