Here's a first look at AMD's Radeon RX 480 graphics card

Information about AMD's Radeon RX 480 graphics card has leaked like a sieve the past couple days. Along with the card itself, AMD sent us a note saying that it would be OK if, y'know, we took a few pictures of the RX 480 and shared them with you ahead of the NDA lift—as long as we didn't take it apart. Let's take a quick look at the RX 480's externals.

The RX 480 reference cooler is 9.5" long, and its design language is of a piece with the fancy shroud that debuted on the Radeon R9 Fury X. AMD continues to use a blower-style fan on this reference card.

Flipping the RX 480 over reveals...well, not much. The card has a surprisingly stubby PCB, so most of the first quarter of its length is actually an intake for the blower fan. The fact that AMD uses vents on both sides of the card is a nice touch for folks thinking about CrossFire setups.

The card's rear end houses three DisplayPort 1.3 outs and an HDMI 2.0b port. From this angle, you can just barely catch a look at the single PCIe six-pin power input the RX 480 needs to do its thing. We'd love to talk more about what this card can do today, but you'll just have to wait for our full review for all the details.

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