The power consumption issue of Radeon Rx 480 has been solved with the launch of new graphics drivers Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.1. As promised by AMD few days ago, the new driver has solved the main issue with a reference variant of Radeon RX 480 that exceeded the recommended power consumption by PCI-Express slot. Despite this, you may think that by limiting power consumption now graphics card might lose some performance, but it is not the case because new drivers improved performance in several games by up to 3 percent. The new driver will be released on 7th July, 2016.
New Drivers Reduces Radeon RX 480 PCIe Power Draw
We promised an update today after concerns about excess consumption of the Radeon RX 480 from the PCIe slot. Although we are confident that the power consumption levels recorded by the Radeon RX 480 does not pose a risk of damage to the motherboards or other components of the PC, we are determined to address this issue and dispel the outstanding concerns. To that end, a team was formed around the world last weekend to investigate and develop a driver update to improve energy consumption. We are pleased that these new drivers, the Radeon Software 16.7.1, are undergoing final testing and will be released to the public in the next 48 hours.
In this driver we have implemented a change to address the energy distribution in the Radeon RX 480, and this change will reduce the current drawn from the PCIe bus.
Moreover, we have also included an option to reduce the total power with minimal impact on performance. Users will find this in the “compatibility” tab in the user interface in the Configuration menu Configuration Gobal Radeon. That option is “off” by default.
Finally, we have implemented a number of improvements in the performance of the Polaris architecture which results in a performance boost in popular titles of up to 3%. These optimizations are designed to improve the performance of the Radeon RX 480, and should substantially offset the impact on performance for users who choose to activate the “compatibility” option.
AMD is committed to providing high quality and high performance products, and we will continue to provide users with greater control over the performance and efficiency of their products. We appreciate all the comments so far, and we will continue to bring even more performance and performance / watt consumed and optimizations to the Radeon RX 480.