Nearly two months ago, AMD shocked the world by releasing a rather inexpensive graphics card that can handle VR applications and has very minimal power draw. The graphics card I am referring to is none other than the AMD RX 480.
Now, the reference design looks simple yet elegant but the main problem of the original RX 480 is the thermal output.
You see, even when it is running at its stock speeds, the reference RX 480 runs really hot; too hot in fact that it throttles the core clock back down so that the temperature will cool down to normal levels.
I think that is due, in part, of the cooler that the reference RX 480 has. I think this is just a poor oversight on the company’s part.
But, do not get me wrong; the AMD RX 480 is one good card at a very affordable price point. It just has to have a better cooler.
Thankfully, there are a lot of AMD board partners that are ready to rectify the faults of the reference design, especially when it comes to the coolers.
MSI, a prominent computer components manufacturer is set to release four variations of the AMD RX 480 Graphics card.
Now, the MSI RX 480 cards look identical but they have some key differences. But before I talk about the differences, I will talk about the similarities first.
MSI’s RX 480 cards will sport the Twin Frozr VI technology. This technology makes use of MSI’s Torx version 2 fans which don’t speed up as fast as other brands but it does a pretty good job of dissipating the heat off of the graphics card.
It also comes with a beefy aluminum heatsink to further cool the card down. The MSI RX 480 graphics cards also come with the Zero Frozr technology. In layman’s terms, the Zero Frozr technology allows the card to cool passively without the fans ever spinning. The fans will only spin after reaching a certain temperature threshold.
This means that, for the most part, you will have a silent system because the fans will not spin until it is required to do so.
The MSI RX 480 also comes in two 4GB variants and two 8GB variants. The gaming X editions will have a nice backplate while the Gaming 4G editions will get one only if you want it (in other words, it is optional).
Furthermore, the Gaming X editions will have a higher core clock speed at 1316 MhZ compared to the Gaming 4G edition’s 1,292 MhZ.
For the display IO, the MSI RX 480 graphics cards will have two DisplayPorts, two HDMI ports, and one DVI-D port for a total of 5 monitors.
As for the total power draw, the card should have at least 150W of power draw up to a total of 170W (if you overclock the card, however, the power draw will increase).
All in all, the MSI RX 480 looks to be an enticing buy, especially since it comes with a better thermal solution.
The MSI RX 480 graphics cards will be released in the 2nd or 3rd week of August 2016.