Originally Posted by orlfman
awhile ago i came here inquiring about 480's in crossfire... been wanting to mess around with amd again so i finally decided to box up my 1080 and pick up two asus rx 480 strix oc's to mess around with.. so far being having a blast with them.
i really like the strix cooler and pcb design. the cooler works really well in a single card configuration. runs very quiet and stays cool both on the core and vrm's. since both are open air designs crossfire the top card was getting quite toasty and thermal throttling (saw the vrm's hitting 90c and the core once in a WoW session hit 90c as well!). i blame mostly my high ambient room temps. so i took advantage of the pwm fan headers on the cards themselves and modified my 400c and added two 120mm fans to the side panel connected to the top gpu and that took care of that issue. top card now runs in the 70's on both core and vrm's and the bottom cards stays in the 60's. both cards staying locked at 1310mhz.
i really like how asus added the pwm fan headers on the back of the cards. its nice having two dedicated fans following the cards temperatures.
overall price the strix series is a premium. and this premium price hasn't been a 480 exclusive. the new strix series has been priced as a premium for all series that far under its banner. from my own strix 1080, to even the 1060, which last i saw was selling for $330 on newegg. it does damper the 480's price to performance ratio but when you compare it to other strix cards it balances out. its marketed as the premium 480 for those seeking a premium... 480.
the nitro i find to be the best price to performance 480 on the market if all you seek is the best price to performance 480. clocked similarly to the strix and offers similar features.
right now i've been playing WoW rigorously since legions launch and the 480's run it like a champ at max settings. near 100% usage across both cards. performance stand point i cannot tell the difference between them and my 1080. i'm sure the 1080 is faster in the end but the performance delta is small enough where i can't notice it without running some benchmark.
i dabbed a bit into cs:go, doom, and fallout 4. cs:go has been fantastic. at first ran it with crossfire but it was overkill... set crossfire to disabled with a profile and one 480 is still overkill for it lol. doom is self explanatory and fallout 4 with crossfire performed as well as my 1080.
ran heaven and i scored 106fps at 1080p with everything maxed which is 2 fps higher than my old evga 970 ftw (clocked at 1.5ghz) in sli scored so pretty happy there. in time spy i benched identically to my 1080.
for the price the 480's really pack a punch and really impressed with how fast AMD has been turning out new drivers / bug fixes. i've been completely thrilled with them and loving polaris.
As I'm about to go crossfire with my rx480, is fallout 4 smooth in 4k? I get mid 50s as my min with 1 480 oc to 1435mhz in 2k v-sync. Just wondering if I'm going overkill on that game for 2k or do I have a shot at getting 4k working half way smoothly? maybe 3840 by 2160 instead of 4096 by 2160? I haven't done any of the fps fixes for the game other than forcing border-less full-screen. I use v-sync. TechPowerUP says 60fps 4k in that title on the launch drivers, but they somehow turn off v-sync in the ini and their test system has faster cpu/ram than mine. Open world games are very cpu dependent. (there's not an option in the interface to disable v-sync because it breaks physics I think. It always did in older versions of the same engine anyway.) I'm about 20 hours or so into fallout4 but I switched up to DX:MD for now. The frame timing is a lot less smooth in DX:MD than it is in fallout4 it seems to me though I haven't measured. Fallout just looks smoother for the same fps. Same with ROTR.
Too bad Just Cause 3 wont support crossfire. I get 60fps 2k in that with one card OC. I was hoping for a 4k experience with that game. Oh well.
The two games that are coming out soon I'm hoping for decent performance on are Mafia III and Watchdogs 2. Watchdogs 2 is supposed to be dx12 and might be well optimized for AMD for once, but I had to shut down the first watchdog every 45 min or so and restart it to get proper performance. So we'll see. Here's hoping they learn to fix bugs.
As I got deals on both of my 480s, I'm about at $380 for both cards before my water blocks. As I'd only get one 1070 or 1080 due to price, I have to count one of the 2 water blocks in the price so... $497. (Any card I get would have to have a block, but 1080 would be only 1 block vs. 2 for crossfire. The 1080 block is about $20 more expensive last I checked but I don't know so I'm assuming for comparison that they are the same price.) For now there are times I wish I'd splurged and gotten a 1080, but that's still a huge price difference for not that much performance difference. Is it worth an extra $185 or more to not have to deal with crossfire or slI? I don't know. I tend to wait a few months after launch before i buy games anyway, so if crossfire will be supported at all it normally is by then. I'm over all pleased with my 1 480 and I'm hopeful I will enjoy playing with two.. I figure even 2 will mostly be a 2k experience with some 4k gaming mixed in and if need be some 1080p over the course of around a 3 to 4 year functional life. With better dx12 optimization and with PS4 pro/project scorpio both using polaris based gpus I have to think optimization will get better, maybe we'll see more 4k gaming with two than it currently seems. 2k looks fine for me at 7 feet on a 50 inch with the tv upconverting it to 4k anyway.
Thanks for your impressions.