AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card Review – Polaris Arrives

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.6.2
  • NVIDIA  GeForce 368.39 for GTX 1080/1070/960 and GeForce 362.00 For All Others

GTX 1080 Test System

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements.
Test System Settings

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K

AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card GPU-Z Info:

AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card

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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.