Anyone who doesn't want to be fear mongered, misinformed, have its intelligence insulted or don't want to join a tech brand cult should watch these two videos for a full picture of whats going on.
There's a lot of misinformation on this thread.
To summarize things, TomsHardware's graphs show a RAW power consumption with no filtering, as PCPer says these spikes are generated because of DC conversions when turning off and on in cycles to provide power, Tomshardware gets the most precise numbers with inductive measuring and RAW data while other reviewers like PCPer have different methodology that aren't capable of faithfully showing these spikes with their filtered results as these happen in such short time spans.
Many have said that the reason why this have been blown out of proportion is because of hardware damages, but this is ridiculous because the RX 480 is proven to have short spikes to 140W compared to other cards like the GTX 960 to 240W from the PCIe Motherboard slot alone, or the 750Ti with spikes above 150W with stock/reference settings."LEAVES THE MOTHERBOARD CONNECTOR TO DEAL WITH UNPRECEDENTED UNFILTERED POWER SPIKES ON ITS OWN"
Many people see this image and are amazed to see such power spikes, they are so impressed by these results that they ignore completely the description above pointing out that these are the motherboard PCIe X16 Slot results without any PCIe Power PSU Connector and go on to reply misinformation about this being the card's total power graph, which is not.
TomsHardware inductive measurements show how spikes for the 750Ti can reach up to 150W, which occurs approximately 19 times every minute, it's especially ironic that people are crying out loud for the RX 480 when the 750Ti behavior is what end up damaging electrical components because of thermal fatigue and weak spots.
None of this was ever discussed before the RX 480, gee, I wonder why?
DISCLAIMER: THE POST ABOVE MAY CONTAIN FACTS, DISCRETION ADVISED.
DISCLAIMER 2: I BELIEVE THE RX 480 IS A POOR EXCUSE OF A CARD, THAT POLARIS 10 IS INEFFICIENT AND WEAK
DISCLAIMER 3: I BELIEVE POLARIS 11 IS A MARVEL AS IT WAS THE FOCUS OF THIS ARCHITECTURE, I BELIEVE THE RX 480 IS POLARIS STRETCHED OUT (SACRIFICING EFFICIENCY) INTO A PERFORMANCE BRACKET IT WASN'T DESIGNED TO BE IN.
DISCLAIMER 3: I NOW OWN A GTX 1070 AND NO AMD SHARES.
Thank you everyone.