We've known that AMD are targeting the largest chunk of PC gamers with their upcoming Polaris-based Radeon RX 480 card. After all, how can you not when you set $US199 as the price point?
Question is: what was the card going to be priced in Australia? We finally know.
Update: Major Australian retailers are now starting to unveil their prices, and one has come out with an absolute doozy. A 4GB version of the RX 480 is selling for $319, while 8GB models start from $379.
The first price for the AMD's Radeon RX 480 from an Australian retailer was revealed late last night. An 8GB model from MSI with a 3 year warranty will set locals back $419, according to a listing posted by a Victorian vendor.
The price, however, is likely to be at the low end for the RX 480. The precise cost of boards will vary from brand to brand, but two separate sources have told me that at least one manufacturer's recommended price will be $439. It's understood that the 4GB model will not be available immediately.
The news will undoubtedly disappoint some fans who were hoping for AMD to compete aggressively with NVIDIA on price. Expectations on social media ranged from as low as $300 for the 4GB model, a price point that undoubtedly will not be met in Australia.
Here's a list of the publicly known specs for AMD's Polaris 10 and 11 line, the RX 460, 470 and 480. A lot of data about the RX 480 has leaked in the past week, ranging from GPU-Z screenshots to livestreams and YouTube clips. Details on the 470 and 460, however, are more subject to change as cards land in the hands of reviewers.
|The Polaris 10/11 Line||Radeon RX 480||Radeon RX 470||Radeon RX 460|
|Core||Polaris 10 XT||Polaris 10||Polaris 11|
|Peak Compute||5.83 teraflops||Around 5 teraflops||Around 2 teraflops|
|Memory||4/8GB GDDR5||4/8GB GDDR5||2/4GB GDDR5|
|Thermal Design Power||150W||110W||75W|
|RAM Bandwidth||256.0GB/s||224 GB/s||112 GB/s|
The pricing also comes after a screenshot leaked from a Polish magazine yesterday showing the RX 480 achieving around 128fps in Metro: Last Light Redux and 89fps in The Witcher 3 using the High preset.
The benchmarks seem a little odd — you don't often see World of Tanks as a reference point, and you also don't see an Intel Core i5 CPU used in many testing rigs.
Still, more information is better than less and it's interesting to see the RX 480 against the GTX 970. Both cards are targeting roughly the same price point, with the GTX 970 starting from $400 and the cheapest RX 480 set to be a fraction above that.
AMD's NDA on the RX 480 doesn't officially lift until 11:00 PM tonight. We'll have our set of benchmarks up tonight, where you'll be able to see how the RX 480 compares against the R9 390X, as well as the top of the line offering from NVIDIA.