GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card Review: Page 5 of 8

Posted by Paul Malfy on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 8:00am

Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming Engine

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card

Here is how the Xtreme Gaming Engine first looks when it's opened.

The Xtreme Gaming Engine from Gigabyte is their software, much like the MSI Gaming App, where you can control every aspect of your Graphics Cards or peripherals from Gigabyte. I was first introduced to the software when I reviewed the XM300 gaming mouse from Gigabyte.  In the Xtreme Gaming Engine, you can set profiles for the LED lighting on your graphics card and peripherals. You can change the color and the effects of the RGB lighting as well. The Xtreme Gaming Engine also has an automatic update feature for both firmware and software.

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card

This is the Xtreme Gaming Engine’s update feature in the settings menu of the application.

When you first open the application, you’re at a screen that shows you the different Gigabyte products you have connected to your compute. These could be anything from graphics cards, to keyboards and or a mouse. From there, you have a few options as to what you can do. If you chose a graphics card, The Xtreme Engine has its own Overclocking Utility that is extremely easy to use. This is where you’ll open up to.

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card

Once you click on the picture of the graphics cards, this is where it’ll bring you.

Next, there is the Fan settings menu. Here you can use preset, or “Easy Settings” or Advanced settings. The easy settings have either auto or turbo settings. With Turbo, as soon as you get over a certain load or temperature, the fans ramp up to a max speed that you can set. With Auto mode, the fans will adjust up and down to keep the GPU under the set max temperature. You can also turn the 3D active fan feature on and off, as well as monitor and adjust fan curves.

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card

In this section, you can create custom fan curves and turn the 3D Active fans feature on and off.

The last section of the Xtreme Gaming Engine is the LED section. This is probably the most involved section. This is where you can select the effect of your LED lighting on the side of the card. It’s also where you’ll select the color for 16.8 million different colors in the spectrum. There are a number of different effects to choose from. They are Consistent, breathing, flashing, dual flashing, Variable Brightness, and Audio flashing. Some of these effects have different variations. They can be set to the GPU temperature, GPU Utilization, GPU Clock or Fan Speed. My personal favorite effect is the audio flashing. The LEDs will flash in the color of your choice to the beat of the game or music you’re playing at the time. You can also pick to use one or both of the LEDs. This is a great feature I wish all graphics cards had.

GIGABYTE Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8GB Graphics Card

The LED customization for this card is amazing. With the different effects and variations, there are dozens of combinations you can customize.