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 480AMD Radeon R9 390XAMD Radeon R9 390AMD Radeon R9 380
Stream Processors2304
(36 CUs)
(44 CUs)
(40 CUs)
(28 CUs)
Texture Units(Many)176160112
ROPs(A Positive Integer)646432
Boost Clock>1.08GHz1050MHz1000MHz970MHz
Memory Clock8Gbps GDDR55Gbps GDDR55Gbps GDDR55.5Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width256-bit512-bit512-bit256-bit
Transistor Count?6.2B6.2B5.0B
Typical Board Power150W275W275W190W
Manufacturing ProcessGloFo 14nm FinFETTSMC 28nmTSMC 28nmTSMC 28nm
ArchitectureGCN 4GCN 1.1GCN 1.1GCN 1.2
GPUPolaris 10?HawaiiHawaiiTonga
Launch Date06/29/1606/18/1506/18/1506/18/15
Launch Price$199$429$329$199

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