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Old June 29, 2016, 07:14 AM
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Is the new rx480 an upgrade from a reference r9 290?
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Old June 29, 2016, 07:32 AM
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Is the new rx480 an upgrade from a reference r9 290?
I do not know about that. Looking at this review you can see that performance is very similar for the rx480 vs R9 390 (aka R9 290). You will use less power, ~90 watts less under load... Unless I am missing something it does not look like an upgrade to me.
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That -7/11% over a R9 390X should be revisited within a few months once AMD optimizes their architecture, software, and drivers for Polaris. At this point 16.6.2 BETA is not a proper indication of mature drivers.

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I do not know about that. Looking at this review you can see that performance is very similar for the rx480 vs R9 390 (aka R9 290). You will use less power, ~90 watts less under load... Unless I am missing something it does not look like an upgrade to me.
-7 and -11% currently in terms of a performance impact but from what I have seen when it is overclocked it has better performance than a R9 390X. So if it is overclocked and once the drivers mature we will see near the performance of better than a R9 390X and a R9 Nano and GTX 980. That is a fantastic value.
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Weird, most other reviews show a 970 beating this in pretty much every case. This review shows this beating the 970 in almost all the cases and the 980 as well.
Not in DX12 so much and better for RX 480 in 1440p. Typical AMD versus nVidia
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Thanks for the review! Might switch my HTPC!
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That -7/11% over a R9 390X should be revisited within a few months once AMD optimizes their architecture, software, and drivers for Polaris. At this point 16.6.2 BETA is not a proper indication of mature drivers. -7 and -11% currently in terms of a performance impact but from what I have seen when it is overclocked it has better performance than a R9 390X. So if it is overclocked and once the drivers mature we will see near the performance of better than a R9 390X and a R9 Nano and GTX 980. That is a fantastic value.
Would it be an upgrade if it performs like a 390x/980 in the future? Side grade maybe? Personally I do not think the driver maturity is as big of a factor as others believe. Compared to years past I doubt AMD has fumbled its drivers for GCN 4.0. I also think the OC augment is miss guided. Comparing an OC'd 480 to a 390x or 980 is only valid if those cards too are oc'd. Considering that the 480 appears to not OC all that well, ATM I am doubting it will turn into a tier better card overnight.

I was quite excited about 480 and I thought it would perform better TBH. Out of the box I had hoped it would firmly have GTX 980 and 390x in its proverbial rear mirror.
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It looks like this is a great 1080p card. But it looks like I'm going to have to keep waiting for an affordable 1440p card from AMD because i got a new 1440p freesync monitor and i'm already struggling to hit 40fps on medium settings on most games with my old card. So i want a card that can do 1440p ultra settings at 80FPS+ for under $400 CAD. Maybe if there's a RX490 hiding out there somewhere :)
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ASUS ROG RX 480 incoming!!!

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$199 US translates into $330 canadian street price, which is disappointing. Not surprising, but disappointing.
Like most gamers (apparently) $2-300 is my goto price now for gaming cards, but I'd like to see if there is a 1060 coming out and it's comparison.
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$199 US translates into $330 canadian street price, which is disappointing. Not surprising, but disappointing.
Except that Canada Computers which is the first to have stock (NCIX, ME are at pre-order status till early July) listed it for $360-370 for most brands so nowhere near conversion. Infact they are adding a huge markup because they have stock and charging a premium for it (and running out quite quickly too).
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