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The AMD $199 RX 480: the First Polaris-based GPU Available on June 29th

NVIDIA kicks off the GPU competition with the powerful GeForce GTX 1070 and the GeForce 1080. Now, it is AMD’s turn to show its latest Polaris architecture-based Radeon GPUs. Tons of information has been released about the upcoming Polaris architecture but we are finally able to see the real hardware as AMD the first Polaris-based GPU, the RX 480, will hit the store shelves on June 29th.

In a rather interesting move as the RX 480 is not the high-end performance GPU that we expect AMD to deliver to fight against the GeForce GTX 1080/1070. Instead, the RX 480 is a mainstream GPU with a very affordable $199 price tag. Spec-wise the RX 480 features 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors, and 256-bit GDDR5 with 8 GT/s transfer rate. The card will come either 4GB or 8GB onboard memory and carries a TDP of 150W.

The RX 480 primary selling point for RX 480 is the “premium VR” performance at just shy of $200. If the RX480 is capable of delivering a good performance, it could very well be a great upgrade for those who still owes older GPU from a couple years ago. And it would put a huge pressure on NVIDIA and also helps AMD to gain more market share on the mainstream discreet GPU market.

Source: AMD

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