Everyone loves a naked graphics card with all its parts laid bare for the world to see. The latest beauty to grace the front pages of websites everywhere is none other than the new hotness of the moment, the Radeon RX 480. Chinese website PConline somehow got their hands on what appears to be a Sapphire RX 480 8GB card, and it proceeded to do what anyone does in that situation: disassemble it and take pictures for voyeurs to gawk at.
Much like the VisionTek card we covered earlier, the Sapphire R9 480X looks like a dual-slot card with a bog-standard blower-type cooler. A single 6-pin PCIe power plug is apparently enough to feed the Polaris GPU inside. The heatsink in the card PCOnline dissected is a standard aluminum affair, albeit with a copper center. However, it's best described as "tiny," as graphics card heatsinks go. Instead of having a single aluminum piece covering almost the entirety of the card, the main heatsink appears to be roughly the size of the blower fan in front of it, and it touches the small Polaris GPU alone. A secondary metal baseplate looks to dissipate heat from the RAM chips and VRMs. There aren't any heatpipes, golfball-textured fan blades, or LEDs in sight, either.
The 8GB of GDDR5 on board this purported RX 480 card is made up of Samsung chips, and the power section is a six-phase affair. Finally, the output section comprises three DisplayPort connectors and a lone HDMI output. According to PConline, multiple store listings for RX 480s are already showing up in China at 1999 ¥, just slightly north of $300. Given that the country's VAT rings in at 17%, the card's pre-tax price is roughly $260, not too far off from the $229 price that the rumor mill is predicting for 8GB RX 480s. Look forward to June 29 for the official release of the RX 480.
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