AMD Radeon RX 480 review: Redefining what's possible with a $200 graphics card

The $200 Radeon RX 480 is the first graphics card built around AMD's 14nm Polaris GPU, and it changes the game.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider favors GeForce cards—which makes it even more impressive that the Radeon RX 480 trades blows with the overclocked EVGA 970 FTW across the board. It’s also the most drop-dead gorgeous game I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

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AMD’s new card falls between the custom, overclocked R9 390 and R9 390X here, and it utterly demolishes the older $200 graphics cards.

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At a Glance
  • AMD's first graphics card built around its cutting-edge Polaris GPU delivers big performance and better power efficiency for just $200, or slightly more for an 8GB version.

    Pros

    • Dirt-cheap price
    • No-compromises 1080p gaming, good 1440p gaming
    • Can power virtual reality headsets
    • Big leap in power efficiency over past AMD cards

    Cons

    • Still not as power efficient as GeForce cards
    • Stability and performance issues with slick new overclocking software
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