XFX Radeon RX 480 uses the stock cooler with factory overclocked core!
The launch of AMD Radeon Polaris, including RX 480, is just a few days away. But that would never dampen the mood for those to leak information, this time about XFX. The upcoming Radeon cards are getting a lot of attention due to high hopes and high prices of Nvidia GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080.
Based on the product images, the XFX Radeon RX 480 uses the reference style lateral blower GPU cooling design. It’s obvious that there is a backplate with some space between it and the PCB. Speculation at best based on observation, but that is more than Nvidia’s currently released Pascal reference designs.
The GPU cooling unit and the choice of video output connectors are the only part that can relate with the stock variant. This card will be using tall-new Polaris 10 GPU with 2304 GCN cores but with an overclocked 1288MHz base clock. The reference’s clock speed is expected to be 1080 MHz base and 1266MHz boost.
According to the leak that came from XFX when they accidentally posted the specs, it uses an 8GB GDDR5 with 256MHz memory interface, 8000 MHz memory frequency and a TDP of 150w. The launch price for reference/stock clocked editions is to be $199 . The AMD Radeon RX 480 is a dual-slot card with a requirement to pull power from a six-pin PCIe connector. If you also notice, there are no DVI-I connectors at all. Just 4x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort. Nvidia GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 have still kept DVI-I on their founder edition cards. It’s uncertain if GPU makers would provide a converter. Time will tell!
The ‘Beast Mode’ RX 480 cards will have additional PCIe power connection and higher factory clock from various card manufacturers. For now, it’s that this is XFX’s ‘Beast Mode’ card as it has a single six-pin PCIe power input. This card’s reference cooler looks to be longer than the PCB. One would be curious with its non-reference variants will have a GPU cooler on the PCB without any such extension.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) June 18, 2016