AMD Reveals VR-Ready RX480 Graphics Card for $199

With the aim of bringing virtual reality to everyone, AMD has announced its new Radeon RX480 video card. In a move that has got us giddy, AMD has tried to deliver performance that’s equivalent to high-end cards for a mere $199.

Features of the AMD RX480

Based on AMD’s new Polaris architecture, RX480 is capable of more than 5 teraflops of computing power. For comparison, Nvidia’s GTX 1070 produces 6 teraflops for $380, while the high-end GTX 1080 churns out 9 teraflops for $600.

Thanks to 14nm FinFET technology, RX480 consumes only 150W of power. That should make it cooler and quieter than previous generation cards. For comparison, take the Radeon R9 390X that’s built on TSMC 28nm technology, which draws almost double the power (275W).

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The AMD RX480 will be available in both 4GB and 8GB memory configurations and both models feature 36 compute units (CUs).  It will be equipped with GDDR5 memory and a 256-bit memory bus that will transmit that data at the rate of over 256GB/s.

RX480 comes with support of Displayport 1.3/1.4 and HDR gaming. To smooth out frame rates, AMD’s Freesync Technology support has been added too.

The company also revealed that you can simultaneously run two RX480 units in Crossfire and the arrangement outperforms NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 while playing Ashes of Singularity. That’s a $400 ($200+$200) configuration outperforming a $600 graphics card.

Both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift retail at over $300. By offering the RX480 at $199, AMD has lowered the bar of entry to VR for users. The budget card is expected to jumpstart the growth of the PC VR market.


  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Now i’m even more excited about VEGA .
    If amd is giving such awesome performance at such a (relatively) low price, i wonder how the FURY X successor will perform.
    I guess its time for red to rise ;)

  • Syed Faisal

    Thanks AMD :)

  • Ali

    Anyone tell is it good will it games like GTA 5 on PC without any lag?

    • Shaaf

      Is Google or other native tech sites / forums blocked at your side that you had to seek opinions here ?

    • CozYolo

      google “can AMD rx480 run games like GTA 5 on PC without any lag?”

      thank me later

      • Muhammad Yasir

        lol

    • Muhammad Yasir

      you must be joking , right ?!
      this plus even a 2nd or 3rd Gen i5 and 8 gb DDR 3 RAM will ABSOLUTELY SLAUGHTER THAT GAME AT 1080P AT 60 FPS with MAX SETTINGS !!!

      • Taha Najam

        Uh…no.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          ok beaconite … then what ???

  • Muhammad Yasir

    damn … it should have ATLEAST matched the performance of a 980Ti :/

    not disappointed by sad to see it beats 970 but fails to usurp the 980 … lets hope real-life benchmarks are exciting and fulfilling for the ULTRA SETTINGS , 60 FPS , 1080p Gamer

    • Akai Oni

      Dude its a mid tier card anyone who is matching this card with high tier, well they will be disappointed.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        ok :(

  • Ammar

    This card is currently available in Pakistan?