ASUS RX 480 STRIX OC 8 GB Review 198

ASUS RX 480 STRIX OC 8 GB Review

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AMD's Radeon RX480 Series was released in late June and is the company's first graphics card based on its new "Polaris" GPU architecture, and its first chip built on the 14 nanometer FinFET process. It is also the first AMD GPU made at GlobalFoundries, which is a deviation from the year-long relationship with TSMC.

The silicon driving the RX 480, which is based on "Polaris," is codenamed "Ellesmere" and is externally referred to by AMD as "Polaris 10". Polaris 10 on the Radeon RX 480 comes with 2304 shaders enabled, 144 texture units and 32 ROPS that are connected to a 256-bit wide memory bus with 8 GB GDDR5 memory.

In this review, we are taking a first look at a custom-design Radeon RX 480 version. This one is by ASUS. The ASUS STRIX series is well known and covers pretty much every segment of the graphics card market. ASUS uses a dual-slot, triple-fan thermal solution with heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU.

For this generation of STRIX cards, ASUS has included RGB lighting, which includes a backlit ASUS ROG logo they integrated into the backplate.

We are reviewing the RX 480 STRIX OC Gaming today, an overclocked version of the regular RX 480 STRIX that's also available, which uses the same design but comes at reference clocks of 1266 MHz.

Exact pricing is unknown. Graphs in the review use an estimated price of $259, which is $20 more than the 8 GB RX 480 reference-design price.

Radeon RX 480 Market Segment Analysis
R9 390
GTX 970
RX 480
R9 290X
R9 390X
GTX 980
GTX 1060
Radeon R9
Radeon R9
Fury X
GTX 980 Ti
GTX Titan X
GTX 1070
Shader Units2560166423042304281628162048128035844096281630721920
Graphics ProcessorHawaiiGM204EllesmereEllesmereHawaiiHawaiiGM204GP106FijiFijiGM200GM200GP104
Memory Size8 GB4 GB4 GB / 8 GB8 GB4 GB8 GB4 GB6 GB4 GB4 GB6 GB12 GB8 GB
Memory Bus Width512 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit512 bit512 bit256 bit192 bit4096 bit4096 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock1000 MHz1051 MHz+up to 1266 MHzup to 1310 MHz1000 MHz1050 MHz1126 MHz+1506 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz+1000 MHz+1506 MHz+
Memory Clock1500 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz500 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz
Price$260$265$199 / $239unknown$270$310$360$249 / $299$530$600$440$1150$379 / $449
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