AMD RX 480. What are your thoughts?

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    After hearing/reading about it, I was thinking of getting one. I currently run an Nvidia 560 Ti in my system from 2011, but since then, I have done various upgrades, like to an i7 4770K and whatnot. The video card is pretty much the only thing left to upgrade. I'm not looking for "best-of-the-best", but something that'll last me for a good while, and with the RX 480 being only $200 (not taking into account variations from suppliers), it seemed almost too good to be true.

    What does everyone else think about AMD's reveal here?
     


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    Gonna wait until we see the 1060 proper until I make any judgements, though if it's anything like it has been the past 2 gens, the 480 should crush the 1060.
     
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    Wait for benchmarks.

    If it lives up to the expectations and leaked benchmarks and is >970/390 performance for $200, then it should be a great card, but I would wait to see if it actually performs as expected before buying.
     
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    That pretty much what I'm waiting on, but considering what I'm running (which runs hot and loud even with trying the Dead by Daylight beta on lowest settings), I will need to upgrade to something better soon. It's on my radar for the time being.
     
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    Same here. I would use the AMD cards just because of how cheap they are, but I'm dualbooting OS X and would like to be able to use my graphics card on that partition as well.

    I guess time will tell as to whether or not Apple will use AMD in their next Mac Pro (but I somehow doubt it)
     
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    OSX and Driver support are two things that do not go in the same sentence when you're describing what OSX has.
     
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    If it's really 80% of the power of the 1070 for half the price then I'm there. But otherwise, yeah, wait for benchmarks.
     
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    From what I hear, the 480 will be pretty much 970 level, so I don't think it'll be near 75% of the 1070. Especially since the 1070's direct competitor will be the 490, which I think will be Vega.
    Course, that's all speculation, I could be completely off, though seeing what what we've seen on Green's side, like the 1080 and 1070, I wouldn't be surprised if it was pretty close to the actual result.
     
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    I thought I read that the RX 480 was close to or possibly beat an GTX 980 (not Ti). Maybe I misread.
     
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    Could be. Rumours I've read said 970, but being rumours were probably wrong. I haven't actually really looked around so there's probably also rumours saying it's 980 level. (I hope not my 980 will feel extremely underwhelming)
     
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    Leaked bench puts the 8GB model on par with a 980.

    http://www.3dmark.com/compare/3dm11/11263084/3dm11/9468744#

    At this point, it's all speculation.

    We have AMD saying it's to bring VR to mainstream, and min specs for that are 970/290 and a leaked bench that puts it against a 980.

    All that can really be said right now based on what we have, is it's going to be somewhere between 970/390 and 980/390X performance.
     
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    That's funny. It's listed as Generic VGA in that benchmark. :P
     
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    Not gonna lie, if it really comes close to 390/970 performance at $200 and only around half the power draw, I'll be mildly disappointed that I paid $250 for a 390 just five months ago. I have serious doubts about 980-level performance, though.
     
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    just wait for reviews later this month, nda is still in effect so won't be seeing anything except fake benchmarks
    right now its presumed to be 980/390X power for $200 is pretty impressive
    don't know the heat output though
     
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    150W prob means it'll be pretty reasonable
     
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    If it really ends up as 980 performance then that's awesome, you can buy one now for a really good build for cheap and then just upgrade with another one in a year or so.
     
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    To continue with this discussion, let's say I will get one no matter what. Now, there's the reference model by AMD themselves that would come in 4GB and 8GB flavors at $199 and $229 respectfully. These are coming out first, with custom ones by partners later on that do their own things, like a backplate heatsink, variation in cooling, etc for a premium price (however extra that would be). AMD says that they've got the cooling down compared to previous attempts with their reference cards, but I dunno. We'll have to wait and see.

    Going by partners, I keep reading that for AMD's GPUs, the two that seem to be preferred are either XFX or Sapphire. The former used to do a lifetime warranty (which now is only through Best Buy if I'm not mistaken), while Sapphire has better cooling and possibly increased/stable clockspeeds. What choice in graphics AiB (add-in-board) partners do you all prefer if not the default reference model?