AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB Review – Polaris Is Here

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Radeon RX 480 – Test Setup

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In testing the AMD Radeon RX 480, I am using a Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard powered with an Intel Core i7-6700K. The CPU is set to run at its default stock speeds. Below are the rest of the system specifications:

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14S
Memory: Patriot Viper Elite DDR4-3200MHz 32GB
Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 480
Storage Drives: Zotac Sonix 480GB NVMe SSD, Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB HDD
Power Supply: Seasonic 1050W Platinum
Chassis: DimasTech Bench Table Easy V3.0

Below is a GPU-Z screenshot of the said graphics card:
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During my tests and benchmarking, I was using the first driver provided which is the Radeon Software Crimson 16.6.2. AMD later released 16.7.1 that addressed the issue regarding the power draw. I did test the later driver, but found no significant difference between the two. There is a tiny performance penalty with the 16.7.1 but I consider the difference negligible and unnoticeable.

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