AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card Review – Polaris Arrives

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Power Consumption

AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card

For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 3840×2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter.


Power Consumption Results: The AMD Radeon RX 480 in our test system used 112 Watts at idle and 324 Watts at peak 4K gaming.  This is a welcome power savings from the R9 380X, but still a decent amount higher than the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080.

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  • BaronMatrix

    RX 480 is not designed for 4K… It was designed for VR and good 1440p with lower settings…

  • ‘Genryu’

    ‘No DVI output is present on a sub $250 graphics card, so make sure you pick up an adapter if you need one for an older display.’ Bad advice. Get a custom card, such as the Sapphire Nitro 480, which comes with DVI, detachable fans and better cooling and overclocking for not much more than the reference card. Much better deal.

  • Ry

    So the shroud is there to hide how shit the cooler is..

    • Cain Marko

      reference cards…great for price hold till water blocks available.