Today at Computex 2016 AMD launches its first Polaris 10 based Graphics card, we are talking about AMD Radeon RX 480. There is no doubt in it that this graphics card shake the mainstream market with its price and performance, so it is obvious that the “hype” for the rest of the high – end GPUs from AMD is high as folks are expecting a lot from them.

AMD Radeon RX 480 With Polaris 10 To Shake The Mainstream Market At $199


“The Radeon™ RX series efficiency is driven by major architectural improvements and the industry’s first 14nm FinFET process technology for discrete GPUs, and could mark an important inflection point in the growth of virtual reality,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “By lowering the cost of ownership and increasing the VR TAM, Radeon RX Series has the potential to propel VR-ready systems into retail in higher volumes, drive new levels of VR content investment, and even drive down the cost of VR headsets.” via AMD

We start with the obvious, the specifications of the Radeon RX 480, which uses silicon Polaris 10 (Ellesmere) manufactured at 14nm FinFET where they hide 2304 Stream Processors (at an unknown speed) that can be selected with 4 or 8 GB of memory GDDR5 maintaining a demure TDP of 150W, which is it will be powered through a single PCI-Express 6 – pin connector. The memory on the Radeon RX 480 graphics card is clocked at 8 GB/s which gives us a total of 256 GB/s bandwidth on the graphics board along a 256-bit wide bus interface. In terms of performance, it would stay near the GeForce GTX 980, although its performance will be even better under DirectX 12 titles.

According to Raja Koduri, there are more than 1,430 million computers and only 1% of them were eligible to access Virtual Reality. As in order for a smoother VR experience you must have a GPU with a price between 100 and 300 dollars and now you can achieve that goal with Radeon RX 480 for just $ 199, as it will allow access to virtual reality at a very low cost.


AMD deploys a completely new architecture for Polaris chips with enhanced features listed below:

  • Primitive Discard Accelerator
  • Hardware Scheduler
  • Instruction Pre-Fetch
  • Improved Shader Efficiency
  • Memory Compression


With this movement, we can now say that, AMD is ahead in the most profitable segment for companies while NVIDIA has pulled a segment of high – end / premium where demand for these graphics cards is much lower. With this move they provide an economical graphics card to run any game at 1080p resolution with high quality or access the virtual reality.

AMD Radeon RX 480 Specifications

 RADEON AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 380X AMD Radeon R9 390X
Graphics Core Polaris 10 (Ellesmere) Tonga XT Hawaii XT
Process Node 14nm FinFET 28nm 28nm
Die Size TBD 366 mm2 438 mm2
Transistors TBD 5.00 Billion 6.20 Billion
Stream Processors 2304 2048 2816
Clock Frequency TBD 1000 MHz 1050 MHz
Compute Performance 5.5 TFLOPs 3.9 TFLOPs 5.9 TFLOPs
Bus Interface 256-bit 256-bit 512-bit
Memory Speed TBD 6.0 GHz 6.0 GHz
Memory Bandwidth TBD 192 GB/s 384 GB/s
TDP 150W 190W 275W
Launch Date June 2016 November 2015 June 2015
Launch Price $199 (4 GB)
$230+ (8 GB)
$249 US $449 US