AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 480 8GB card won’t be that expensive after all

amd price tag 8gb radeon rx 480 rx480 3
Matt Smith/Digital Trends
Whoops! While we’ve known from the start that the 4GB version of AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 480 card will have a suggested retail price of $199, AMD Poland appears to have spilled the beans on Facebook in regard to the 8GB model. The company previously flashed a listing on the social network showing a suggested retail price of $229, but that post was presumably removed by AMD Poland once the price tag went viral.

As a refresher, the two Radeon RX 480 cards will be based on AMD’s Polaris 10 XT architecture and 14-nanometer FinFET process technology. They’ll have a base clock speed of 1,266MHz and 2,304 stream processors cranking out a compute performance of up to 5.8 TFLOPs. The 150-watt cards are backed by a 256-bit memory bus interface, a memory speed of 2,000MHz, and a memory bandwidth of 256GB per second.

A recent post on Overclockers UK implies that consumers won’t see custom designs when the Radeon RX 480 cards hit the market later this month. Even more, AMD reportedly “nailed it” in regard to the cards’ cooling system, as they’re quiet, look great, and “perform.” No other information regarding the two AMD cards was provided.

The idea behind the new Radeon RX Series is to pack better performance per watt, meaning AMD wants to reach a larger audience by offering cards that perform great but don’t break the bank. The launch is part of the company’s new “Water Drop” strategy in cranking out new graphics architectures to high volume segments. In other words, AMD wants to bring affordable, VR-capable graphics solutions to the general consumer for very little money.

“The Radeon RX Series will address a substantial opportunity in PC gaming: more than 13.8 million PC gamers who spend $100-300 to upgrade their graphics cards, and 84 percent of competitive and AAA PC gamers,” the company said during Computex in early June.

“With Polaris architecture-based Radeon RX Series graphics cards, AMD intends to redefine the gaming experience in its class, introducing dramatically improved performance and efficiency, support for compelling VR experiences, and incredible features never before possible at these prices.”

In addition to the two RX 480 cards, AMD also has the Radeon RX 470 and Radeon RX 460 graphics chips slated for a launch in late June as well. These should be even cheaper in price, the former utilizing 4GB of GDDR5 video memory and the latter using only 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. The RX 470 is based on the Polaris 10 Pro architecture and will have a 1,206MHz clock speed, slower memory bandwidth and speed than the RX 480, and a thermal envelope of 110 watts. The Radeon RX 460 is based on the Polaris 11 architecture and will have a thermal envelope of around 75 watts.

That all said, the price of the 4GB and 8GB Radeon RX 480 cards are actually expected to be higher than their respective $199 and $229 suggested price tags, especially in regions where supply will be limited. We shall see how much consumers will actually be required to fork out when they go retail on June 29.


Nvidia’s new GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 graphics cards for laptops start at $799

Nvidia announced the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650, two new mobile graphics cards to flesh out the Turing lineup for laptops. These GPUs don't have the ray tracing capabilities of the RTX 20 series, but start at much lower prices.

AMD's upcoming Navi graphics cards are incoming. Here's what to expect

AMD's Navi graphics cards could be available as soon as July 2019 — as long as it's not delayed by stock problems. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles like Sony's PlayStation 5.

AMD will launch anniversary edition Radeon VII and 2700X to celebrate 50th year

Ahead of its new hardware lines launching this summer, AMD will celebrate its 50th anniversary with special editions of its top-tier gaming hardware: the Radeon VII and Ryzen 2700X.

AMD’s 2020 Ryzen CPUs could have a big boost in power efficiency

The sequel to AMD's Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 CPUs is slated for a 2020 release and when it arrives, could leverage the new Zen 3 architecture to deliver impressive gains to performance and power efficiency.

From simple work tools to high-end gaming peripherals, these are the best mice

If you're looking to buy the best mouse for you, whether it's for gaming or work, we have something for you. We've put together a list of our favorite mice, all of which have great features and sell at a great price.

Amazon drops deals on Razer, Netgear, and Western Digital PC accessories

Grab these deals while you can: As part of their Deal of the Day promotion, Amazon is offering deep discounts on a wide variety of PC accessories including premium gaming mice, external hard drives, and even Wi-Fi routers.

Tired of choosing between Windows and Mac? Check out these Chromebooks instead

We've compiled a list of the best Chromebooks -- laptops that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run Google's lightweight Chrome OS. From Samsung to Acer, these are the Chromebooks that really…

WWDC 2019 Complete Coverage

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is a key tech event each year, and for Apple fans, it will be one of the two best times of 2019 (along with "new iPhone day," of course). For the last few years, Apple has debuted much of its…

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.

Working hard or hardly working? Do it right with these versatile PC desks

Looking for a new piece of furniture that will fit in your office, dorm, or gaming cave? Here are some of our favorite computer desks on the market, whether you're a serious gamer looking for an upgrade, or just moved into a new space.

Time to upgrade your storage? Here are the best SSDs you can buy right now

Solid state drives provide superior speed and more affordable than ever. Interested in buying one? We've found the top drives that range from $100 to $1,000 in price, so you can get the most bang for your buck.

Boost your PCs power by learning how to overclock your CPU

Is your PC just chugging along, a little slower than you'd like? Sometimes you just need a little more power under the hood. Before you pick up some new hardware, learn how to overclock your CPU.

Leaked memo: If your MacBook keyboard dies, Apple will fix or replace in one day

If your Apple MacBook keyboard is problematic, getting it fixed at a Genius Bar just got a lot easier. Apple has now mandated that its Geniuses repair or replace MacBook keyboards by the next working day.

In 2019, laptops are better than ever. Here are the best of the best

The best laptop should be one that checks all the boxes: Great battery life, beautiful design, and top-notch performance. Our picks for the best laptops you can buy do all that — and throw in some extra features while they're at it.