AMD’s new Radeon RX 480 graphics cards are already available in local computer stores locally, but the company recently held a media event to officially welcome it here, while unveiling a series of other cards which will be hitting the shelves here sometime soon.
The idea behind the development of the Polaris chip that powers the RX 480 is the fact that virtual reality gaming is starting to become a big thing, but the cost of ownership is astronomically high. The RX 480’s starting price tag of USD199 aims to fix this problem by making the components needed to play VR games more affordable.
There is an estimated number of 1.3 billion PCs around the world right now, but out of that number, only 13 million PCs are able to utilise VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. With the launch of the RX 480, AMD aims to increase the number of PCs that are VR ready, whilst providing non VR games with the best gaming experience at an inexpensive price.
With the RX 480, AMD also unveiled its new overclocking app called Wattman, which allows users to adjust various settings like core clock speeds, voltage levels and VRAM speeds. The app is also well-designed so that it gives you a look at what to expect from performance levels when the cards are overclocked.
Another feature that AMD touts in its new RX 480 cards is asynchronous compute. What this does is it allows the GPU to run both compute and graphical tasks concurrently without having to stop one or the other. This increases efficiency of the card in a way that its resources is always fully utilised without sacrificing performance one way or the other.
At the event, AMD also revealed that the RX 460 and RX 470 will be launched in Malaysian markets “soon”. We did manage to get a look at the card at the event, and it is an impressive little thing, as it was hooked up to an Oculus Rift unit, and was able to play Eve Gunjack without any noticeable lag whatsoever.
Cards from partner companies were also seen at the event, with names like ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, HIS and Sapphire to name a few were showcasing their own variants of the RX 480, which includes varying types of shrouds, coolers and fans.