tech2 News StaffJun 01, 2016 11:24:14 IST
AMD at Computex 2016 in Taipei announced the launch of its brand new graphics card called the Radeon RX 480. The graphics card is the answer to AMD's graphics and VR solution for the masses and its priced to go at just $199 (approximately Rs 13,500) delivering a premium desktop graphics solution at a low price. Set for launch and availability on 29 June, the Radeon RX 480 is said to deliver an affordable solution for premium PC VR experiences, delivering VR capability commonly found in $500 GPUs.
The Radeon RX 480 is the first one to feature AMD's Polaris architecture and will look to deliver performance that is somewhat close to Nvidia's recently launched GTX 1070, and 1080 cards. The performance is not on par with Nvidia's premium offerings, but AMD's mass market approach is expected to work wonders since this card takes the do it all approach.
The card is based on Polaris architecture, and is built on a new 14nm FinFET manufacturing process that is also expected to go big on power saving. The card packs in 36 compute units (CUs) which is bump up from the R9 380 that it replaces and also packs in GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit memory bus for 256GB/s of graphics bandwidth. The card supports VR capability and is expected to deliver performance levels similar to the offerings from $500 cards.
The RX 480 will come both 4GB and 8GB configurations and will support AMD FreeSync and HDR video tech via its DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 and HDMI 2.0b outputs. As for the 14nm process, its allows the card to run with an average power draw of just 150W giving even more benefits and allowing more gamers to on board the VR express.
"VR is the most eagerly anticipated development in immersive computing ever, and is the realization of AMD’s Cinema 2.0 vision that predicted the convergence of immersive experiences and interactivity back in 2008,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “As we look to fully connect and immerse humanity through VR, cost remains the daylight between VR being only for the select few, and universal access for everyone. The Radeon RX Series is a disruptive technology that adds rocket fuel to the VR inflection point, turning it into a technology with transformational relevance to consumers.”
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