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MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8 GB

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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 of GDDR5 memory.

In this review, we are taking a look at the MSI RX 480 Gaming X, a custom-design Radeon RX 480. We've tested many MSI Gaming cards in the past and nearly all of them impressed with good temperatures and low noise levels. Let's hope MSI can pull it off on the RX 480 as well, a card where many AIBs have failed to produce good board designs that can compete with NVIDIA's GTX 1060 offerings.

MSI has told us pricing of their RX 480 Gaming X to be $259-$269, so we'll be using $265 throughout this review.

Radeon RX 480 Market Segment Analysis
R9 380X
R9 390
GTX 970
RX 480
MSI RX 480
Gaming X
R9 390X
GTX 980
GTX 1060
Radeon R9
Radeon R9
Fury X
GTX 980 Ti
GTX 1070
Shader Units204825601664230423042816204812803584409628161920
Graphics ProcessorTongaHawaiiGM204EllesmereEllesmereHawaiiGM204GP106FijiFijiGM200GP104
Memory Size4 GB8 GB4 GB4 GB / 8 GB 8 GB8 GB4 GB6 GB4 GB4 GB6 GB8 GB
Memory Bus Width256 bit512 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit512 bit256 bit192 bit4096 bit4096 bit384 bit256 bit
Core Clock970 MHz1000 MHz1051 MHz+1120 - 1266 MHz1303 MHz1050 MHz1126 MHz+1506 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz1000 MHz+1506 MHz+
Memory Clock1425 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz2000 MHz2000 MHz1500 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz500 MHz500 MHz1750 MHz2002 MHz
Price$210$260$265$199 / $239$265$310$360$249 / $299$530$600$440$379 / $449
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