It is WCCF so take it with a pound of salt...AMD's $199 RX 480 Is Even More Impressive When Overclocked
With the Radeon RX 480 and the RX 400 series in general AMD wants every user to be able to extract even more value out of their RX 400 series graphics card. Beyond what they'd normally get straight out of the box. The key to achieve this is to make overclocking more accessible, more convenient and more valuable. This is where AMD's new overclocking tool will play an instrumental role in supercharging the bang behind every buck.
We've detailed sometime ago that AMD's new RX 400 series featured more sophisticated boost function and on-chip and voltage regulation hardware. The new tool takes full advantage of that to make overclocking easier, more straightforward and deliver better results. AMD's new overclocking tool will include an assortment of features, including voltage control.
That's right, this is the very first time any GPU maker has done this. In fact this move goes entirely in the opposite direction that we've seen Nvidia take in recent years with its Greenlight program. Which significantly limited the control AIBs and users had over voltage adjustments.
AMD already offers an in-house overclocking solution in the form of its OverDrive utility found in Radeon Settings - AMD's relatively new graphics control panel - and the Catalyst Control Center before that. However, the new tool substantially builds on OverDrive's functionality. The tool's host of features will include everything from performance monitoring, fan and clock profiles to voltage control and a few more unique features that we'll detail in a future article.
The AMD Radeon RX 480 Is Readily Capable Of ~1.4Ghz And Can Hit 1.5Ghz+ On Air
Now let's talk more about what the RX 480 can do in terms of overclocking. Most AIB RX 480 graphics cards and the reference designed RX 480 will be capable of ~1.4Ghz boost clocks after some very basic overclocking. The cards can be pushed beyond that with some voltage adjustments. The 6+8 pin "Beast Mode" RX 480 cards that we had talked about two days ago will come with pretty hefty factory overclocks right out of the box and some will be able to hit 1.5Ghz+.
Now, all of these are just numbers. So to put it all into perspective, an overclocked RX 480 will actually perform within striking distance of AMD's current R9 Fury X flagship. At less than one third of the cost. If that's not a good enough point to end on, I don't know what is.