With two more weeks to go until the availability of the Radeon RX 480, more details are leaking out. As you may know, this card focuses not on performance but promises to deliver kickass price/performance thanks to its $199 starting price for the 4GB GDDR5 memory. The version with 8GB GDDR5, which is expected to be more widely available, will likely cost around $29-$39 more, and the custom overclocked cards are expected to go for up to $299.
WCCF Tech heard from its source that the Radeon RX 480 draws around 100W under typical gaming loads and that the GPU runs at around 60°C in an open air bench.
Performance-wise, the card is reportedly faster than the GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon R9 Nano:
Although very excitingly, according to what we’ve learned, AMD’s RX 480 and even the RX 470 put on a better show in actual games vs what we’re seeing in 3DMark. Especially in DirectX 12 games. So if the cards end up showing better gaming performance come June 29th than what’s indicated by the 3DMark scores we’ve seen, do not be surprised.
Regardless, the mere thought that gamers will be able to get R9 Nano & GTX 980 performance for $199 — that’s less than half of what we would’ve had to pay just a couple of weeks ago — at the end of the month is simply astounding.