PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 Video Card Review
Posted by Heath Coop on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 8:00am
PowerColor has released a brand new video card in the Red Devil RX 480 8GB GDDR5. It is based on AMD’s latest GCN 4 architecture designed for GloFo 14nm FinFET that delivers premium VR capability, increased level of performance, smooth VR, seamless support for next-gen gaming monitors, and CPU-free game streaming or recording. Furthermore, the model also supports AMD’s newest technologies such as Direct 12® and Vulkan™, FreeSync™, and Liquid VR.
PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8GB GDDR5 utilizes 8GB of GDDR5 memory with 2304 stream processors, ships with 1330MHz core clock speed, and has 2000MHz memory clock speed which is connected via a new high speed 256-bit memory interface. The 6+1 multi-phases board design enhances the power efficiency and stability, and also enables ultimate performance in overclocking mode with BIOS switch. In order to achieve better thermal solution in both ultra overclocking and silent overclocking mode, PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 adopts the newest fan technology called Double Blade III which increases airflows and prevents dust deposition on fans. The Double Blade III is made with triple 80mm 2-ball bearing fans, with 2pcs of 8mm and another 2pcs of 6mm nickel- plated heat pipe for the best heat dissipation.
In creating one solid card with all components, the Red Devil also includes a backplate as well as having the PCB locked in a thermal module using the method of spring screws to pin through the rivets. The backplate and the copper based thermal module hold the GPU for not only balancing the pressure of the whole board but also for avoiding the damage done to the GPU and other components if dropped.
A Bit About AMD’s 4th Generation GCN (GCN 1.3) Architecture
GCN 1.3 is the latest evolution of AMD Generation Core Next Core architecture, which originally debuted in January 2012 with the HD 7970. With the latest revision a new 14nm FinFEt process was used over the 28nm process of the original series.
Like the rest of the RX 400 series, the RX 480 is a bit different from the R9 380 it replaces. The Stream Processor count is now 2304 versus 1792. The texture mapping units have been increased from 112 to 144. The raster operations pipelines count has increased from 32 to 36. The new card also features either 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM versus 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 VRAM of the R9 380. All of this while having power requirements that are far lower than the previous card.
PowerColor’s take on the Red Devil RX 480
AMD Eyefinty Technology
Run multiple displays from a single graphics board and expand your gaming field of view across all displays.
A new design for AMD’s unified graphics processing and compute cores that allows them to achieve higher utilization for improved performance and efficiency.
AMD App Acceleration
AMD App Accelerator creates a “co-processing” environment in which the compute processing potential in your AMD Radeon™ Graphics processor works together with the system central processor, to accelerate enabled applications.
AMD HD3D Technology
Supports the latest stereoscopic 3D content and display technologies
Play 3D games, watch Blu-ray 3D videos, and edit 3D photos on your 3D Monitors, TV, or projector.
AMD CrossFire™ Technology
Multi-GPU support offers superior scalability
Increase our gaming performance up to 2x with AMD CrossFire™ technology, 2.75x for TriFire configurations, or 3.75x with QuadFire configs.
AMD HD Media Accelerator
Assumes rendering responsibility for HD encode (VCE)/decode (MPEG-4 ASP, H.264. MVC, MPEG2, etc.) and conclusively enable superior video playback quality with advanced hardware post-processing algorithms.
AMD PowerPlay™ Technology
AMD PowerPlay™ Technology dynamically adjusts clockspeeds in response to GPU load, saving power for just when you need it.
AMD PowerTune Technology
Maximizes performance under load conditions by dynamically increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused TDP headroom. Also allows users to configure their own TDP limit, within a provided range, for even higher performance or more power efficiency.
PCI Express 3.0
Delivers double the bandwidth per lane of PCIe Gen 2 for faster GPU.
Microsoft Windows® 7/8.1/10 Support
Comprehensive OS supports the latest Windows7 functionality and Driver support.
Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
GDDR5 memory provides the highest available memory bandwidth of any memory technology today, enabling higher GPU performance.
The Solidly-built Components enhance the stability, performance, efficiency and quality.
Double Blades Fan
The Double Blades Fan can absorb airflow into the center and increase up to 20% airflow compared to the traditional thermal design. It also avoids dust deposition at the bottom of the fan that helps to prolong the life cycle of the graphics card.
Integrated high speed HDMI output with 1080p 120Hz 3D Stereoscopic support, and 4K resolution display support.
Microsoft DirextX® 12
Get intense gaming performance and unrivalled image quality with stunning 3D visual effects, realistic lighting and lifelike imagery.
Mute Fan Technology
Providing noiseless environment and reducing the power consumption when the GPU temperature is low than 60°C.
Better security by helping protect the pre-startup—or pre-boot—process against bootkit attacks and faster startup times and resuming from hibernation.
Virtual Super Resolution
Get quality that rivals 4K, even on a 1080p display while playing your favorite online games thanks to AMD's VSR.
RADEON VR READY PREMIUM
Delivering immense visual power and unmatched technological innovation, AMD's VR Ready Premium solutions set the bar for enabling premium experiences on high-end VR games, entertainment, and applications.
AMD FreeSync™ technology puts an end to choppy gameplay and broken frames with fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any framerate.
Next-generation API support for high-performance real-time graphics. Taking the best and brightest parts of Mantle to serve as its foundation, Vulkan™ is going to be one new and uniquely powerful graphics API.