MSi is jumping full force into custom RX 480s with its upcoming line of Radeon RX 480 Gaming series including factory overclocked Gaming X and (slightly lower end) Gaming cards in both 8GB and 4GB SKUs. All four of the new graphics cards use a custom 8 phase power design, custom PCB with Military Class 4 components, and perhaps most importantly a beefy Twin Frozr VI cooler. The overclockable cards will be available by the middle of next month.
Specifically, MSI will be launching the RX 480 GAMING X 8G and RX 480 GAMING X 4G with 8GB and 4GB of GDDR5 memory respectively. These cards will have solid metal backplates and the highest factory overclocks. Below these cards sit the RX 480 GAMING 8G and RX480 GAMING 4G with the same TWIN FROZR VI cooler but sans backplate and with lower out of the box clockspeeds. Aside from those aspects, the cards all appear to offer identical features.
The new Gaming series graphics cards feature 8-pin PCI-E power connectors and 8-phase power design on a custom PCB that should allow users to push Polaris 10 quite a bit without running into issues of overheating the VRMs. The Twin Frozr VI cooler uses a nickel plated copper base plate, three 8mm copper heatpipes, a large aluminum fin array, and two large fans that spin down while the GPU temperature is under 60°C. The heatsink results in a larger than reference card that is both wider and longer at 276mm, but the size is made up for by offering 22% better cooling performance according to MSI. Further, RGB LEDs backlight the MSI logo on the side of the card. The metal backplate on the X variants should help dissipate slightly more heat than the non X models.
All for Polaris-based graphics cards offer a single DL-DVI, two HDMI, and two DisplayPort video outputs. The inclusion of two HDMI ports rather than three DP ports is allegedly to more easily support VR users by allowing them to have an HDMI connected monitor and headset connected at the same time without using adapters.
|RX 480 Gaming X 8G||RX 480 Gaming X 4G||RX 480 Gaming 8G||RX 480 Gaming 4G||RX 480 Reference|
|GPU Clock (OC Mode)||1316 MHz||1316 MHz||1292 MHz||1292 MHz||1266 MHz|
|GPU Clock (Gaming Mode)||1303 MHz||1303 MHz||1279 MHz||1279 MHz||1266 MHz|
|GPU Clock (Silent Mode)||1266 MHz||1266 MHz||1266 MHz||1266 MHz||1266 MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||8GB or 4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock||8100 MHz||8100 MHz||8000 MHz (?)||8000 MHz (?)||8000 MHz|
|MSRP||?||?||?||?||$249 for 8GB, $199 for 4GB|
The GAMING and GAMING X RX 480s offer two tiers of factory overclocks that users can select using MSI's software utility. The non X GAMING cards will clock up to 1279 MHz in Gaming Mode and 1292 MHz in OC Mode. In Silent Mode the card will run at the same 1266 MHz boost speed as AMD's reference design card. Meanwhile the RX 480 GAMING X cards will boost up to 1303 MHz in Gaming Mode and 1316 MHz in OC Mode. In addition, MSI is bumping up the memory clockspeeds to 8100 MHz in OC Mode which is a nice surprise! MSI's announcement is not exactly clear, but it appears that the non X versions do not have factory overlcocked memory and it remains at the reference 8000 MHz.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but the cards will reportedly be on sale worldwide by mid August.
I am looking forward to seeing how far reviewers and users are able to push Polaris 10 with the Twin Frozr cooler and 8-phase VRMs!
LOL … “I am looking forward
LOL … “I am looking forward to seeing how far reviewers and users are able to push Polaris 10 with the Twin Frozr cooler and 8-phase VRMs!” I’m not … I can already tell you … its the under-preforming Twin Frozr cooler so … if the card is able to do max of 1316 .. again not the actual clock speed of this card but if you use their horrible software … or are smart and use AMD’s utility instead of installing that crapware on your system … then you are probably looking at a max OC of about 1320. I guess since this is a lower wattage card that the cooler may be able to cool a bit better even though its total crap .. so maybe you could get 1350 out of it if you win the silicon lottery.
Sorry to say guys .. you aren’t doing good with your reviews if you praise MSI. MSI has horrible video cards .. well at least for AMD .. Sapphire is a much better option. MSI’s software is horrible trash … MSI’s cooler is absolute trash (at least for the R9-300 series). They misrepresent their cards and say its a 1316 clock speed but out of the box its probably 1303 unless the user does something about it. Yes if you read the fine print but not a lot of people do and MSI counts on that .. they can list their cards as the fastest even tho they are the same speed out of the box as others are selling but the other companies are advertising it for the actual clock speed not what can be achieved with added software.
They put an under preforming cooler on the 300 series then put a 0rpm fan on it that doesn’t run until the GPU hits 60 degrees… Why even bother .. with that horrible cooler the card runs at 67 degrees at idle unless its 65 degrees F. in your house. The fans sometimes don’t work when the computer comes out of sleep and will peg the temps at 99 degrees which forces you to reboot or change resolutions which is the only way to get the fans to turn on again (unless you use a 3rd party software like Speedfan which actually works when you come out of sleep). When you contact them they say its fine and it will run around 85 degrees gaming… that is horrible.. how can they even release a product that poorly designed.
With my experience with MSI 390x and their tech support / customer service… I will never buy anther MSI product. I don’t trust a thing MSI says anymore and sorry to say .. reviewers are losing integrity points by just repeating what MSI tells them about their cards instead of actually looking at the quality or claims of the company’s product and actually testing them to see if they are true or just marketing BS. MSI has seemed to have taken the marketing BS over creating an actual decent product.
Agreed. Those of you who
Agreed. Those of you who choose MSI to save a couple bucks, remember…. MSI is cheap for a reason.
KitGuru and Hexus.net both
KitGuru and Hexus.net both posted review of the ASUS ROG Sitrix Radeon RX 480 OC.. a bit too long of a name I think… but still.
On Kitguru site, overclocking using GPU Tweak reached 1400Mhz (only because the slider maxed out at 1400), where as AMD’s WattMan hit 1380Mhz. be interesting to see what PCPer gets.
Finally side note is the R9 Nano, outside of the 4GB memory, power wise is slightly higher ~8W over the ASUS ROG. outside of the price (which I am still hopefull AMD will adjust as in current price FURY/NANO no one wants one)
OK, I must sound kinda dumb
OK, I must sound kinda dumb here, but does a backplate do anything other than looking good?
The main purpose of a
The main purpose of a backplate is to get the card support to keep it from sagging due to weight.
If engineered correctly, it can actually act as a good heatsink in addition to support and aesthetics.
Middle of next month!? A bit
Middle of next month!? A bit late to the party by then.
My reference XFX 480 OC has a
My reference XFX 480 OC has a stock boost clock of 1328 and holds it steady with a minor boost in power limit and fan speed. Why on earth would these non-reference designs not push at least 1328 if not significantly higher higher????
Power draw and heat. Polaris
Power draw and heat. Polaris chips run very hot. This card begs for water cooling ($100+) but even then you need a good chip from the lottery. Sorta defeats purpose of budget card if you have to add water cooling to it.
Most people would be better off getting power sipping 1070 for around same price because it will still beat even max overclocked Rx 480 in nearly everything.
checked newegg and amazon and
checked newegg and amazon and currently at the time I typed this:
newegg has cheapest 1070 at $429
amazon has cheapest 480 at $299
these are NOT “around the same price”
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ekwb-rx480-water-block-amd,32246.html These run $110-$118.
Reading comprehension please. Retail of Rx 480 is $200(4) and $240(8). With a water cooler on Rx 480 $310 for 4gig and $350 for 8 gig. it will be close to the price of a 1070. Retail price of 1070 is $379 non founder’s edition. Demand is high for the cards now and may be for a month or two for both to drop to MSRP.
Puts you pretty close given the performance difference.
1070 is 34% better than Rx 480 in the AMD biased benchmark Ashes of the Singularity.
Yes, I do admit not reading
Yes, I do admit not reading that part and that is my bad, however that doesn’t change that your argument is wrong.
But wait, don’t forget the cost of the custom loop in addition to the 480 and water block…
Your argument is that the chips run too hot and can’t be cooled properly? Custom cooled cards are more than adequate to keep a card cooled. I bet you forgot all about the R9 200 series launch and how those cards were basically roasting themselves, but once the custom coolers came out it was a non issue, just like it is with the RX 480 cards.
Don’t be silly, even Ryan Shrout sees the idiocy of spending all that extra money on water cooling a $200-$240 card, it is simply a very bad value. If you want to spend only less than $250, then the RX480 is an excellent value. If you have $360 or more to spend on a card, don’t get 480 and custom water cooling, you spend that money on a higher end card.
I even said it would be a bad
I even said it would be a bad value to add water cooling. You could maintain a solid clock speed with water but on air maybe not. The Strix version seems to be the best so far for Polaris. It is a great card for the price. Just don’t expect to hold a high clock speed or overclock it much.
Still can’t beat a 1060 Strix even with the 1060 at factory overclock 480 Strix at max overclock. Water might help here but probably not enough to justify cost.
Temps good at 68c but still more than 1060. Look at that power consumption 49 watts more and 3.2 decibels louder than 1060 strix.
But that is exactly my point
But that is exactly my point in my original comment. If my crappy reference cooler can dissipate the heat of the chip running at a constant 1328 and keep the card from throttling without excessive fan noise, why on earth can’t an aftermarket cooler do the same?
It’s not a problem of binning, as many of the $200 RX480s can hit 1350Mhz…
Think I’ll stick to my R9 390
Think I’ll stick to my R9 390 a while longer. Too many unknown factors with this card, it’s like sticking a fork in the toaster.