AMD Announces The RX 480, The Least Expensive VR-Ready Graphics Card
AMD has today unveiled their latest graphics card, the RX 480. This new card is based on the Polaris marco-architecture and AMD says that this is the least expensive VR-ready card on the market. Pricing starts at just $199 for the 4GB model and goes up for the 8GB model. Compared to other VR-ready cards such as the GTX 970 and the Radeon R9 290 which cost significantly more, it’s pretty obvious that this new card is one heck of a deal.
“VR is the most eagerly anticipated development in immersive computing ever, and is the realization of AMD’s Cinema 2.0 vision that predicted the convergence of immersive experiences and interactivity back in 2008,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.
“As we look to fully connect and immerse humanity through VR, cost remains the daylight between VR being only for the select few, and universal access for everyone. The Radeon™ RX Series is a disruptive technology that adds rocket fuel to the VR inflection point, turning it into a technology with transformational relevance to consumers.”
Even if you’re not looking to get into VR, the RX 480 should be a spectacular option for 1080p gaming. It will have 256GB/s of memory bandwidth and 256-bit memory rate alongside the 4GB or 8GB of DDR5 VRAM. You’ll have an HDMI 2.0a port and three DisplayPort 1.3 connections available for connecting external displays. The card will have a TDP of 150W and uses just one six-pin connector for power.
AMD has said that we’ll learn more about this card later this month.