Originally Posted by akira749
EK-FC RX480 water block Tease
The irony is that, on top of the RX 480 being revealed to not be at 980 levels like promised and actually being barely at 970 levels (tried to tell people....but whatever) and the fact that information is coming out stating the the RX 480 doesn't even meat PCI-e standard specification requirements; is the fact that Waterblocks are honestly quite redundant for this card for the first time in a while actually. The main draw of the 480, and the reason AMD fanboys were screaming at the top of their lungs for the "impending death of Nvidia" was that Crossfire 480's were supposedly as fast as a GTX 1080 for only $400.
Now we hear that the 8GB model is actually $230 (for reference, custom variants will run you ~$260+ most likely); and that it's only as fast as a 970. Meaning that crossfire 480's is actually only as fast as a 1070 in most cases. So if you add to that disappointing price/perf ratio, $300 worth of waterblocks and backplates for two cards; you're looking at a total cost of ~$800 with shipping! For that cost you could pick up two reference non-founder 1070's (still only ~$750-770) and still be able to get backplates for both of the 1070's within roughly the same cost range of the 480's + water cooling. You'd be getting a HELL of a lot more performance from SLI 1070's too. And if you went with uniblocks for the 1070's your total cost would only raise to ~$850-875 or so. Alternatively you could get a single 1080 and block + plate too.
And if you just want to support AMD, you'd STILL probably be better off just getting a discounted or used R9 295x2 and EK Block really. (don't think they make blocks for that 390x2 Devil13 one do they? Too bad, i've seen that 390x2 for like ~$450-500 brand new recently and it'd be as fast as 480 crossfire pretty much out of the box.)Edited by DarkIdeals - 6/30/16 at 4:16am