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- Meet Polaris and the Radeon RX 480
- Using WattMan for overclocking
- Support for VR, DirectX 12 and Vulkan
- Testing the RX 480 in 6 benchmarks
- RX 480 power draw
- RX 480 heat generation
- Stacking up against Nvidia GPUs
- Radeon RX 480: the bottom line
Far Cry Primal
Yep, we use two different Ubisoft games in our lineup—but Far Cry Primal runs on a completely different engine than The Division. Far Cry Primal uses the latest version of the long-running and well-respected Dunia engine. We test the game with the free 4K HD Texture Pack installed.
This game scales well across the board, and the RX 480 beats the EVGA 970 FTW across the board. At 1080p resolution, however, everything from the GTX 970 on up bunches together, with AMD’s $200 card delivering essentially the same frame rates as the GTX 980 and Radeon 390X. Performance gaps widen a bit at 1440p, though. And the competing $200 graphics cards never once came close to hanging with the RX 480.
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AMD Radeon RX 480 (8GB)
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.
- Dirt-cheap price
- No-compromises 1080p gaming, good 1440p gaming
- Can power virtual reality headsets
- Big leap in power efficiency over past AMD cards
- Still not as power efficient as GeForce cards
- Stability and performance issues with slick new overclocking software