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.