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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:
amd radeon rx 480 gpuz

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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4 thoughts on “AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB Review – Polaris Is Here”

  1. Why didn’t you OC the memory when you OC’d the Card?

    Memory Oc is probably even more important that Core OC on this card

    • I did try to OC the memory. Unfortunately, I can’t make the card stable enough to finish the entire benchmark suite with its memory OCed. Some reviewers where able to OC the memory of their RX 480, probably mine was an isolated case. I am hoping to get a non-reference RX 480. Then we can compare them side by side.

      • Did you raise the power limit and Have the VRAM voltage at 1V?
        Also, you could undervolt the Core a bit to acheive better clocks and thermals


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