AMD Radeon RX480 Polaris 8GB Review

Polaris

AMD Radeon RX480 8GB Review

Polaris

As we're a British website run by people of a certain age the word Polaris makes us think of the nuclear deterrent. There is probably some irony given the fact it's also the brightest star in the sky. Thankfully we're sure AMD mean it in the "bright star" sense. 

The big change with this latest GPU from AMD is the move from 28nm process all the way down to the FinFET 14nm process. This should have considerable efficiency benefits, which is good news for all of us.

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It isn't only the things going on beneath the hood that have changed, as the new Radeon Crimson Software has some very powerful overclocking tools, and indeed efficiency tools, to really let you squeeze the most from your new graphics card.

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On the subject of efficiency, by utilising Frame Rate Targeting it's possible to restrict the maximum frame rate in low detail situations, thus saving even further power. Credit needs to be given to AMD for avoiding the temptation to shout solely about the performance and focus as much attention to the efficient nature of this Polaris GPU. In a world with diminishing resources it's a wise course of action.

Lastly we're including the AMDs expected results from a particular system specification, if only to shut up anyone who wants to play keyboard warrior on our forums. Our results from our graphics card test rig are better than the expected AMD ones. So we're not "being fanboys" or "deliberately limiting results" whatever baseless accusation takes up our moderators time this week. As always we give every hardware the best opportunity to show its capabilities, and it's in everyone's interest that AMD challenge nVidia, or Intel or whomever. Choice is good.

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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2016, 09:06:13

AlienALX
OK can you please now strap an AIO to it and see if it's temp bound? Quote

29-06-2016, 09:31:24

King of Old Old School
XFX is the only company who put a back plate on where all of the other companies did a bone head move buy not putting one on.

Also the ASUS, Gigabyte & MSI are a complete rip off in pricing on this card too they are charging an extra $40-$50 more compare to the XFX card.Quote

29-06-2016, 09:34:29

theallien
and here AMD just made an "8800GT 512MB" move on Nvidia .... ;-)Quote

29-06-2016, 09:41:05

AngryGoldfish
I was expecting quite a bit little lower temperatures, and lower power draw as well, but the performance is only slightly lower than I expected which is not bad. It's the price and availability that is going to give AMD the lead here, I reckon.

I read a Crossfire 480 review... it's bad. Either drivers seriously need work—which is a given, obviously—or this is the state of multi-GPU setups now.Quote

29-06-2016, 09:43:20

King of Old Old School
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngryGoldfish View Post
I was expecting quite a bit little lower temperatures, and lower power draw as well, but the performance is only slightly lower than I expected which is not bad. It's the price and availability that is going to give AMD the lead here, I reckon.

I read a Crossfire 480 review... it's bad. Either drivers seriously need work—which is a given, obviously—or this is the state of multi-GPU setups now.
Yes for the moment but i think Nvidia is going to counter punch AMD maybe with the 1060 when it comes out, But who knows atm.

Well all know that Nvidia can do it but will they is the question.Quote
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