This year seems to be getting quite interesting for graphics cards. NVIDIA have just launched the GTX 1080 which outperforms both the GTX Titan and GTX 980ti for less money and lower power.

Now AMD is hitting back with their own announcement with the RX 480. Unlike NVIDIA, AMD is releasing a mid-range card to start with high end cards coming later in the year. The RX 480 will be priced at a bargain price of just $199 but offer similar performance to the Radeon R9 390 from last year, which still sells for £260+, and the recently announced NVIDIA GTX 1070 which is expected to sell for considerably more.

It manages to do all this while keeping the power down to 150W. In comparison the R9 390 runs at a toasty 275W.

It comes with 2 memory options either 4GB or 8GB so it will be interesting to see how the price and performance differs from the 2 variants.

AMD Radeon GPU Specification Comparison
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 390X AMD Radeon R9 390 AMD Radeon R9 380
Stream Processors 2304
(36 CUs)
2816
(44 CUs)
2560
(40 CUs)
1792
(28 CUs)
Texture Units (Many) 176 160 112
ROPs (A Positive Integer) 64 64 32
TFLOPs (FMA) >5 TFLOPs 5.9 TFLOPs 5.1 TFLOPs 3.5 TFLOPs
Boost Clock >1.08GHz 1050MHz 1000MHz 970MHz
Memory Clock 8Gbps GDDR5 5Gbps GDDR5 5Gbps GDDR5 5.5Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 512-bit 512-bit 256-bit
VRAM 4GB/8GB 8GB 8GB 2GB
Transistor Count ? 6.2B 6.2B 5.0B
Typical Board Power 150W 275W 275W 190W
Manufacturing Process GloFo 14nm FinFET TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Architecture GCN 4 GCN 1.1 GCN 1.1 GCN 1.2
GPU Polaris 10? Hawaii Hawaii Tonga
Launch Date 06/29/16 06/18/15 06/18/15 06/18/15
Launch Price $199 $429 $329 $199

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