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AMD Radeon RX 480 CrossFire Review

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The AMD Radeon RX 480 is an impressive graphics card that strikes a price-to-performance sweet spot for 1080p resolutions and beyond, at $239 for the 8 GB variant and just $199 for the 4 GB card. Be sure to check out our main review of the RX 480. We were wondering about just how viable the upgrade path for buyers of this card would be and had two cards lying around, which had us put them together for this Radeon RX 480 CrossFire review.

At $478 for two 8 GB cards or $398 for two 4 GB cards, Radeon RX 480 CrossFire presents an interesting alternative to buying a premium GeForce GTX 1070. What also makes RX 480 CrossFire an interesting solution are its low power requirements, which makes CrossFire with even smaller PSUs possible. You could get into this ecosystem with as little as $199 now and spend your Christmas stash on the second card a little later.

Unlike NVIDIA SLI, the latest AMD CrossFire is relatively painless, with no bridge cables running between cards. AMD is also pretty lax about its motherboard certification requirements, and so CrossFire should even work on boards with second PCIe x16 slots that are electrical x4 slots wired to the PCH.

In this review, we'll be putting this solution through its paces across our graphics benchmark suite. Its performance at 1440p and 4K could be particularly noteworthy.
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