Sapphire spills the beans on Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 variants

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When AMD CEO Lisa Su showed off bare PCBs of the RX 460 and 470 at the PC Gaming Show, it was clear Radeon would be focusing on third party versions of these cards, instead of pumping out a reference design. Details are still scarce, but GPU OEM Sapphire may have let some info slip out ahead of schedule, if the report from Reddit user CBwardog is any indication.

CBwardog was submitting a support ticket to Sapphire, when they clicked the RX Series drop-down, and were presented with a choice of AMD RX series cards. The user took a screenshot of the page and uploaded it to the AMD subreddit.

A trio of RX 460s sit at the top of the list, with overclocked 2GB and 4GB versions, plus a 4GB version with a backplate. A pair of RX 470s hides a little further down, in 4GB and 8GB flavors, with the larger also including a backplate. All of the cards feature HDMI, DVI-D, and DisplayPort outputs, with the smaller 470 dropping Dual-Link DVI.

Keen-eyed users will also point to the very bottom of the list, where there’s a curious label for a Radeon 490, missing the RX code. While it might seem to be an indication of a higher-end version of the RX 480, punching the item’s SKU into google reveals that it’s likely referring to the matching Sapphire RX 480. That’s not to say the RX 490 might not exist in some form. Just last week AMD’s promotional materials mentioned the card by name, but were quickly pulled from the Radeon site.

Radeon is still playing its cards close to the chest, as the RX 480 is already showing up as a third-party design, and we don’t even know for sure how much RAM the RX 460 and 470 will have. With the GTX 1060 likely just around the corner, AMD is likely waiting to play its hand until it knows exactly the competition will look like.

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