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AMD adds RX 470 and RX 460 to Polaris GPU line-up

by Tarinder Sandhu on 14 June 2016, 08:46

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At the gaming-focussed E3 show held in Los Angeles, AMD CEO, Lisa Su, announced two more graphics cards for the mainstream RX series. We already know of RX 480, along with its seemingly attractive $199 price point, and this Polaris-based card is due to debut on June 29. Now, Su confirmed that it will be joined by the RX 470 and RX 460 cards at a later date. Both are based on a cut-down version of the same Polaris architecture.

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Su declined to mention specs or actual release dates for the RX 470 and RX 460, but going by the starting $199 retail price of the RX 480, one can assume AMD is further targeting the mass market with cards in the $99-$199 bracket.

With AMD pushing power efficiency to the fore, it appears as if the RX 460 is a single-slot card without the usual six-pin connector. This means it has a maximum TDP of less than 75W provided by the PCIe slot. AMD is ostensibly aiming this card at Moba players whose rendering requirements aren't as high as FPS games'. It's a smart move given the size of the market, particularly in China, so it will be interesting to see how it fares against the few connector-less GeForce GTX 950 cards currently on the market.

The RX 470, on the other hand, quite literally in Lisa's case, appears much like the RX 480, suggesting a scaled-down and frequency-limited version designed to hit a lower price and thermal point. Pricing will be key, of course, but if AMD can get it right, Nvidia will have a mainstream market-share fight on its hands.

Let the games begin.



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Do we know the release dates for the first Polaris cards?
In other words when are the rumors going to end and be replaced with facts.
Corky34
Do we know the release dates for the first Polaris cards?
In other words when are the rumors going to end and be replaced with facts.

We don't *know* it since the NDA lasts until a time itself covered by NDA. But keep an eye on June 29th ;)
wish they would release more info on the cards before they are available, im waiting to replace my old HD6950 in my upgraded Skylake PC, price wise the RX480 looks a likely replacement but i'd like some UK pricing and more benchmarks etc before jumping in, the GTX 1060 is another option but again there are no signs on this either, as the GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 are way above what i can spend on a card.
kalniel
We don't *know* it since the NDA lasts until a time itself covered by NDA. But keep an eye on June 29th ;)

The NDA has its own NDA, like one of those super injunctions. :D
We know the NDA for the RX 480 lifts on 29th June. We don't know when they'll be available at retail, although I'd hope it's not much after that; people are already leaking pictures of alleged custom partner cards, which implies that silicon is already with partners; although whether that's engineering samples or shipping silicon is another question entirely.

As I've said elsewhere, the RX 460 is the one that interests me. The sub £100 segment hasn't really seen much in the way of disruptive releases, and whilst we've got more bus powered cards recently they've been quite highly priced (the 750 Ti is still around £100 most places). Polaris has a lot of promise in that lower end segment and the tease of a bus powered, $99 with decent 1080p gaming chops is rather tantalising…