Here's What The Radeon RX 480's Specs Will Look Like

A major retailer has inadvertently leaked a listing of the latest GPU coming out from AMD, with fans saving pictures of the board and its specifications before it was pulled offline.

A listing for a VisionTek Radeon RX 480 board appeared on Newegg recently, with the board advertised as having a core clock speed of 1120Mhz and a boost clock speed of 1266Mhz. It's since been taken down.

This RX 480 was an 8GB model and according to the accompanying specs page, users are recommended to have a PSU of around 500W.

The information comes after a Chinese website started livestreaming their review of the RX 480. A global embargo on the card isn't due to lift until next week, but a couple of snippets of that stream (which doesn't show much beyond what the reference card looks like) have appeared on YouTube.

We'll have our own review of the Radeon RX 480 next week when the global embargo lifts.


    wondering if amd are gonna follow through with the trend of their last few cards & release a RX 490.

    coz that's what i'm sorta hanging out for.

      That'll be next year with Vega (Big Polaris, basically).

        ha damn. don't think my current machine is gonna last that long.

        i'll have to start eyeing off alternatives.

          Get the 480 (it's cheap) and then hock it next year when a 490 or whatever comes out. In the meantime enjoy gaming at around GTX980 or better levels until then, and you will probably only lose $50 or so on the changeover.

        Are you sure this year? Dates have always been pegged as late this year. Rumours have been pointing to AMD pushing out the card as early as october.

          AMD's own media pins the Vega as being a 2017 release. It was only a rumour that suggested it'll happen in October and that doesn't seem to have panned out.

      Yes they are.. but they have gone for the mainstream segment first and the high end cards will arrive later this year.

      They had a RX 490 at E3 according to one of the Kotaku E3 PC expo articles. They didn't talk about it - only displayed the physical card.

    Is this the one, dipppaaaa?

    I can't make heads or tails if this info XD

      I'm most impressed by AMD managing to ship a card with CUDA cores ;-)

    Why would this have recommended power supply 500w when the max power draw from the card has already been confirmed at 150w? Something fishy smelling here...

      Few reasons.

      1) You still need room for the rest of the components in the PC. Figuring conservatively, this can be up to another 200W with CPU, hard drives, fans etc.
      2) You really don't want to run your PSU anywhere near it's maximum power all the time. To compare with a car, while you can drive it wide open throttle, shifting at redline 100% of the time, it's going to wear out a lot quicker than driving at, say, 50% capacity instead.
      3) A lot of people neglect their PSU, and low budget PSU's quite often have a peak output well below the sticker.
      Most importantly
      4) While the total output of a PSU is given, say 500W, this isn't available in any way you like. It is split off into different 'rails' which each have their own peak output. You can't dump all of that 500W into a single rail, and instead it may be divided up into 2x 200W rails. and 1x 100W rail.

        You actually want to run a switch mode near its max supply. It's more efficient under higher loads. Max efficiency is usually around 85-90% load. It won't wear out any quicker, comparing mechanical components to electrical ones doesn't really work and most electrical components are rated over time eg, capacitors 2000hrs.

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          My analogy wasn't entirely accurate, sure, particularly in respect to wear. I guess more accurately, it becomes an issue in terms of reliability. Running a PSU at 90% doesn't give you a lot of head room, and a PC's power demands are quite dynamic. Hitting the capacity of your PSU is going to cause all sorts of stability issues.

          Possibly for some high end ones. I've seen cheaper units that have best efficiency at 55% of advertised load, and some cheaper units stress going over 80% of advertised load.

          Keeping in mind that they lose capacity over time I usually recommend at least a 20% buffer. Most people who only have 15% more power than what they need are runnimg cheap units that will stress, throw out heat and burb out quickly unless there is at least a 20% buffer.

    I hope we get to see some real world tests as well as VR tests on this card. Would really like to see the OC performance and CPU reliance tested.
    I still haven't seen a SteamVR test result for a GTX 1070.

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