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Review: AMD Radeon RX 480 (14nm Polaris)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 29 June 2016, 14:00


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Power, Temperature and Noise

We've compared the RX 480 favourably to the R9 390 Nitro in the preceding benchmarks. Power consumption is a whole league better, but the more powerful GTX 1070 doesn't consume a whole lot more. We had thought that RX 480 would come in 10-15W lower.

The reference card's heatsink-and-fan unit is basic, lacking a vapour chamber or any quality technology. The end result is a temperature that, in some cases, causes the board to throttle.

The single fan cranks up to 2,000rpm under graphics duress. This means it produces a steady but noticeable hum when running full chat. Partner boards will be able to improve this characteristic markedly, one would think.