Here's The Cheapest AMD Radeon RX 480's In Australia

Looking to upgrade your computer with a graphics card that can handle VR, or you're looking to build a PC on the cheap for gaming at 1080p with a bit of dabbling at 1440p resolutions? That's the crowd AMD is trying to hit with their new Radeon RX 480, and it manages to do so admirably.

But just like games, you'll want to make sure you get the best possible deal. So to help you out, here's a list of some of the cheapest RX 480's in the country.

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If you want to know a bit more about how the card performs, we've got the specifications, benchmarks and more over here.

The cheapest reference brands appear to be coming from XFX and HIS, with Sapphire after that. MSI and GIGABYTE are roughly the same price point depending on the retailer, while most ASUS models are priced around $450 or higher.

PC Case Gear

PC Case Gear are one of the largest retailers in the country, and the Victorian-headquartered outlet kicked off a frenzy last night when they revealed they'd be selling 4GB models of the RX 480 from $319 a few hours before the global embargo lifted.

Stock of the XFX RX 480 4GB model isn't actually available — it's said sold out ever since the listing went online — but there is plenty of availability for the other brands.

XFX Radeon RX 480 Core 4GB: $319 (currently sold out) XFX Radeon RX 480 Core 8GB: $379 XFX Radeon RX 480 Black OC 8GB: $399 Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $419 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449

Outside of XFX'x Black OC model, the other brands are all using the RX 480's reference design.


PLE Computers

HIS Radeon RX480 8GB: $369 Gigabyte Radeon RX480 8GB: $439 MSI Radeon RX480 8GB: $439 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $469

Another prominent Victorian retailer with a decent reference offering, namely the HIS model at $369. You can opt for the other brands, but you're still paying for a reference design with reference clocks. If you're going to pay above the average, you might as well wait for custom designs to be released down the road.


Scorptec Computers

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $419 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (not available until July 4) Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449

Worth noting that the RX 480 launch hasn't caused a price drop for stock of the R9 390 or 390X, as far as I can see. The cheapest model of the latter is $500 for a GIGABYTE model, although AMD are still offering free copies of Total War: Warhammer through their rewards program.


Umart

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only) MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only) ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only) Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only)

Umart are one of the bigger retailers, particularly in Queensland, but they don't appear to be jumping on the RX 480 anywhere near as hard as other brands.


PC-Tek

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439

Smaller Victorian retailer here, but they're still offering standard manufacturer prices. Not bad if you live near the store and want to support a local business — it's not like they're charging any extra markup from other retailers for the same brands.


MWAVE

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $419 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $479

MWAVE were hugely on board with the GTX 1080 launch, but their prices for the RX 480 at launch are pretty standard.


NetPlus Micro Computers

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $479

The Sapphire card is listed a bit oddly; it's written as ATI AMD RX 480, and then you see the Sapphire brand afterwards. Slightly more expensive for the Sapphire model compared to retailers on the east coast, so if you're a local to NetPlus then you might be able to get by once shipping is factored in. (It wouldn't be the cheapest option, but then you're supporting a local store.)


MSY

Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $479

Just the one offering here, and it's not a good deal. They're still selling 4GB models of the GTX 970 for less (from ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE), which doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence if you're hoping MSY to provide an AMD bargain. That said, they're selling overclocked models of the GTX 1070 from $730, which is one of the lowest prices from an Australia retailer.


Those are all the prices I've been able to source this morning from Australian retailers for the RX 480. What do you think, particularly given the card's performance? Will you be buying an RX 480, or will you wait for either custom designs or the GTX 1060 launch?


Comments

    All I need is the 4gb variant, I was too late on PCCG :(

      The 4GB model supposedly hasn't actually released yet, they just have the listing up and waiting for when it officially goes on sale.

        Cool, thanks for the info. After doing some research I see the GTX 1060 is rumoured to be dropping around early July so I'm just going to wait another month or so to see if they price it up against the 480. I've waited this long already so another month or so won't hurt.

        Last edited 30/06/16 7:14 pm

          Yeah i've decided to do the same, though i was hoping AMD would have a little bit longer of being the only mainstream card so that they could get a bit of marketshare back but i guess now i just hope that the RX 480 is competitive against the GTX 1060 so they can at leas get some of the sales.

    Pricing on the HIS and XFX ones looks great ($US 239 to AUD plus GST is around the $352 mark, so not too much markup on those), but wouldn't want to pay above $400 for reference cards, based on the early reviews it seems they've definitely favoured cost over noise and performance with the cooler. Will be very interested to see non-reference designs later on.

    I dont see why you would bother with it. Its largely just a 970 (performance wise) with a dangerous level of energy draw from the motherboard.

      It is faster than even heavily overclocked 970 cards, it is over $100 cheaper, and doesn't have the 3.5GB slowdown problem, and has far, far superior Direct X 12 support.
      The energy draw from the motherboard is only if you go on an overclocking frenzy.

        Different benchmarks are giving different opinions based on fifferent games man. There are a fair few that are giving better performance to the 970.

        Why bother "sticking it" to Nvidia, the new cards are pretty clearly not the savior that AMD needed, which is unfortunate because it just means next gen Nvids wills be super uninspired.

          I don't see how the card isn't good news for AMD, it is a new performance benchmark for the money, for nearly all 1080P gamers the AUD$319 card will give killer performance, and they will likely be rolling out a 490 card soon.

          Even if you called it a wash with the 970 performane wise, it is over $100 cheaper, with considerably better DX12 support, and doesn't have gimped memory.

          The money is in the midrange, the NVidia cards are terribly overpriced. Also for compute, the 480 is on par with the 1070, and that makes it an absolute steal for anyone using Davinci Resolve etc.

          I currently have a Titan X, I ordered a 480 for the 1080P gaming machine after getting the 3.5GB problem raising its head on the 970 I had. I haven't owned an AMD since I can remember, but the 480 is perfect for me. I'm not 'sticking it' to Nvidia, I'm just buying the card with the best price/performance ratio for my gaming and compute needs.

          Last edited 30/06/16 2:30 pm

            This is the strongest argument for gamers like me.

            Whilst a GTX1070 would be amazing - I only game at 1080p, I rarely buy AAA titles as they're released and I don't have huge amounts of time to spend at computer gaming.

            So from a price/performance/usage perspective the AMD cards are waaaayyy out in front the Nvidia cards.

            With that said, I might just wait and see what the 1060 heralds by way of price/performance. I'm in no hurry to upgrade.

            http://www.anandtech.com/show/10446/the-amd-radeon-rx-480-preview/4

            I dont know what you are smoking but the 480 is clearly not just as good as a 1070. Its by no means a bad card, but I think people were expecting something as significant as the 10 series (a good mix of the higher tiers coming down in price and the highest tiers showing a decent jump in performance), instead we got something that is competing with close to two year old cards.

            Furthermore I am scepticle about you upgrading from a Titan to a 480. Even at its worst its still a much better card than the 480, the only thing that will redeem it is if the after markets take a much more conservative energy design.

          If you just take the SteamVR scores (I've only found one reference; http://www.gamespot.com/articles/amd-radeon-rx-480-review/1100-6441354/),

          You'll find the RX480 beating the 970, 980, nano and closing in on R9 Fury. For VR, it's pretty worth it, if you aren't going for the 1070 price range. If I already had a GTX 970 or above already I wouldn't bother.

          I feel AMD's goal was to lower the barrier for decent VR, and to do really good 1080p with this mid range card priced at low end. To that end they've done a great job. It's in the GTX 960 price category and not the GTX 970's.

            Honestly this is a side of this gen I had not really considered and if you have links to it I would gladly eat my words.

            As some one who only owns a samsungVR (S7 promo) I don't personally look into VR much

              Yeah. I only saw the link I've posted above, so far. But the 1070, 1080 and the 980Ti are the top tier for that arena. This is the first low end card to ever make it past the VR ready level.

              But we only have one synthetic benchmark, and the sample size is too small. But it's different from other benchmarks in that it evaluates the time each card spends on higher quality presets, because the benchmark reduces/increases quality in real time while trying to keep the frame rate fixed.

                I was about to edit my post, but if its not based on solid evidence then I will probably just keep an eye on it.

                  The Steam VR scores reported have been inconsistent. PC World scored it at 6.6, behind the 7 and 7.1 of the GTX 970 and R9 390 respectively.

                  http://www.pcworld.com/article/3089316/components-graphics/amd-radeon-rx-480-review-redefining-whats-possible-with-a-200-graphics-card.html?page=8

                  Earlier leaks had it scoring 6.8, sitting between the GTX 970 at 6.5 and the R9 390 at 7.

                  http://wccftech.com/radeon-rx-480-steam-vr-benchmark-most-affordable/

        EDIT: double post.

        Last edited 30/06/16 7:02 pm

        I personally think the 480 is a brilliant card, and is exactly the step in the right direction AMD needs.

        However it's slightly disingenous to (repeatedly) claim it outperforms heavily overclocked 970s.

        It beats the 970 in some games, it draws on some, it gets beaten in some as well.

        http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_radeon_r9_rx_480_8gb_review.html

        http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2016-amd-radeon-rx-480-review

        http://www.pcgamer.com/radeon-rx-480-review/

        https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/29/amds-radeon-rx-480-is-the-new-king-of-budget-video-cards/

        It's a GREAT card, but it's most definitely not "on par with a GTX980". As of course it wouldn't be, it's a shitload cheaper.

    $369-$379 is looking much, much better than $440. If only they can keep prices at a similar level for the AIB with decent coolers and hopefully 8-pin power connectors. Although given the pretty standard performance increase over the previous generation, I think prices will have to go lower still by the time the GTX 1060 is available.

      Yeah definitely, Umart will be forced to drop their prices a bit considering pccasegear have it for almost $100 less haha. So glad to see a seller not kill us price wise.

    I find it ridiculous that the conversion rate for the US RRP is ~$270AU, yet everyone is charging $400+.

    What's the point of having a 'low price point' card, if the price just gets bumped up because its 'In Australia'.

    What a joke.

      ???
      The US $199 480s are 4gb and are going for $319 AU. The $40 margin is still a lot but that could come from international shipping, currency conversion cost etc.

    Not everyone luckily, Umart have been cocky with their pricing over the last few years (having them at $450 here is an example). VERY happy to see some sellers keeping it to a more honest and realistic $300ish price point like Pccasegear.

      The $320 price is for the 4GB version, which only PCCaseGear has in the list above. All the other models are 8GB.

    Ah i wish HIS would go back to making those IceQ coolers :(

    The pricing does seem pretty good there and has me interested as ill be staying in the 1080p resolution for a few more years i think.

    Seems the 4GB XFX card at PCCG sold out almost instantaneously; Anyone able to verify it's legit, and not a paper launch?

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