Polaris finally shines today
AMD finally starts flogging its new RX 480 GPU today.
For those who came in late, the RX 480 uses the company’s latest Polaris architecture which is built lt on 14nm FinFET process technology.
The starting price is $199 for the 4GB model and $239 for the 8GB and has some interesting performance characteristics. Compared to the GeForce GTX 970 which sells for $280, the RX 480 performs is about five to ten percent better. But when it comes to DX12 games like Gears of War, Hitman and Rise of the Tomb Raider it is about 40 per cent faster.
Compared to previous AMD products, the RX 480 is as fast as a Radeon R9 390 but uses just 150 watts compared to 275 watts for the previous generation.
Rivals Nvidia are expected to have a competing product based on Pascal available sometime in July, so AMD’s advantage may be short-lived; but in the meantime, the Radeon RX 480 is clearly the best GPU for $200.
Of course the world is also waiting to see AMD’s entry into the CPU league tables with the much touted never seen Zen chip, which should be in the shops in December.