You’ve been waiting long enough for a new generation of GPUs, haven’t you? The whole world has, in fact. The extended stay at the 28nm production process did no-one any favours in terms of advancement, and it forced the hands of engineers at AMD and NVIDIA to bring forward their architectural changes to offset the stagnation. While we’ve definitely gotten a few gems out of this GPU cycle, like the excellent Geforce GTX 750 Ti, and AMD’s Hawaii architecture that just keeps on trucking, this year it all changes as we move to newer processes and better technology. NVIDIA started this off with Pascal in the past month and a half, launching the Geforce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 in a manner that many claim was a paper launch.
But that was then. Today, it’s AMD’s turn, and the Radeon RX 480 is not only launching today, but it’s also on sale today. Local retailers have had stock for about a week now, and pricing should be quite reasonable. I was even told it might be lower than R5500, which makes it a fantastic bargain for the right person who was looking at their options for a mid-range card this week. Let’s get into this launch and dissect the details.