Radeon RX 480 availability check: act fast before they’re gone

Howdy! We're guessing you have absolutely no idea what a Radeon RX 480 is, nor have you been waiting for it with bated breath for six months. We're also certain you're not at all wondering if you can get your hands on a $240 graphics card that's performance-equivalent to a GeForce GTX 970. No, sir, not at all. And we totally did not look into if and where you can buy one right now.

Newegg has by far the widest selection of RX 480 cards available among the shops we surveyed. Almost every model we've looked at precisely matches AMD's reference design, right down to the red "Radeon" lettering next to the output section. Clock speeds and video outputs likewise match the reference model (save for a single exception), so what you're really choosing is just a manufacturer and a warranty.

On a brighter note, companies are sticking close to AMD's suggested price of $199 for the 4GB card and $239 for the 8GB version. Most listings for the 8GB variant are for $239.99, and only a few companies are charging a little more at $249.99.

The cards were quickly flickering in and out of both listings and stock during the writing of this article. The cards we saw in stock for longest were the XFX, Sapphire and Powercolor RX 480s. XFX is listing its card at $249.99, while Sapphire and Powercolor are selling theirs for $239.99. Though they're out of stock at this exact moment, they were available for a while before publication, so your odds are good.

The Gigabyte 8GB RX 480 is a card whose availability is also volatile at the moment, and it's selling for $239.99. That's an understandable fact given that the company is among the best-regarded when it comes to graphics cards. Asus also ranks among the top dogs, but its $239.99 8GB card is either not selling yet or going so fast that we could never spot it.

The single specimen whose specs deviate a little from the norm is XFX's "RX-480M8BBA6", whose GPU comes slightly overclocked from the factory at a maximum clock speed of 1328 MHz. This model is currently sold out, however, and XFX charges a small premium for the extra oomph, setting a sticker price of $269.99. Radeon RX 480 cards are also available in 4GB capacities, but these are practically nowhere to be found. Newegg has a listing for a Sapphire RX 480 4GB card at $199.99, but it's unsurprisingly out of stock too.

That's all we could spot after our hunting session, folks. If you manage to spot any of these wabbits in stock, let us know in the comments section below.

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    • Delta9
    • 4 years ago

    The Rx 480 is available at the Microcenter in NJ, along with Nvidia’s 1080 and 1070. The 480 is going for $250, the 1080 is going for $700 (Founders Edition), and the 1070 FE for $450. They have a decent number of all these cards available. I realize not everyone is as lucky as myself to live 5 minutes from a MC.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    It’s almost pitiful how everyone now suddenly wants GTX 970-class performance because they can already afford it.

    Kinda like folks who don’t even consider buying a BMW. Well, price them like a Corolla and let’s see them go on a feeding frenzy over it.

      • travbrad
      • 4 years ago

      I’m pretty sure people have always wanted as much performance as possible, so of course they are more likely to get it when it becomes affordable. Not really sure what your point is…

      • Krogoth
      • 4 years ago

      Protip: The bulk of PC gamers are in the $199-299 GPU demographic. High-end market has always been a vocal minority.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Yeah, act fast before all these noisy reference cards are gone! /s

    As for me, I’m in no hurry to buy so I’ll just wait for newer models with better coolers to come out. And who knows, prices may have stabilized already by that time. And a mature 14nm process could also mean cooler chips.

    Come on guys, clear the channel already. Make way for the next batch from which I’ll be getting my card from!

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Looks like the Rx 480 has finally tied the GTX-1080!

    Inasmuch as neither one is really available on Newegg right now.

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Except with the 480 a lot of folks are already actually holding it in their hands.

    • slaimus
    • 4 years ago

    I’m also disappointed that there was no price drops from Nvidia to coincide with the RX480 launch either. The GTX 960 4GB is still around $200, and the GTX 970 only seems to have more mail in rebates.

      • kvndoom
      • 4 years ago

      I’m gonna hold out for a few weeks to see how NVidia responds. I bought a GTX950 not long ago and realize now it was a mistake.

      • travbrad
      • 4 years ago

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see some cheap 970s in the coming weeks (there are already some down to $260-270) unless they plan to just counter it right away with a 1060.

    • nizer
    • 4 years ago

    I really liked the table that Cyril and others made back in the days:
    [url<]https://techreport.com/news/18168/availability-check-the-last-generation[/url<] But I know it takes a lot of work, and Nowinstock.net does kind of just that, eg: [url<]https://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/amd/rx480/[/url<]

    • Plazmodeus
    • 4 years ago

    I’m a bit disappointed, and no less confused than I was before.

    I live in Canada The 1080’s are $920CDN, the 1070’s are $620CDN. Both of these prices are more than I would like to spend.

    The 8gb RX 480 is running $330CDN, about $50 less than what a 970 costs.

    To my mind, the 1070 is too expensive for a (albeit powerful) ‘mid-range’ card, and the RX480 is not powerful enough (i.e. not powerful enough to play above 1080p) to justify the price.

    I’d like to drop $400-450CDN on a good 1440p card with 8gb of ram. I was hoping that the RX480 was going to clarify that decision, but it hasn’t. Has anyone seen any RX480 Crossfire benchies?

      • CScottG
      • 4 years ago

      If the 1060 (6 GB) gets its early release then you won’t have to wait that long for what you are looking for.

      [url<]http://videocardz.com/61583/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-to-be-released-on-july-7th[/url<]

      • tipoo
      • 4 years ago

      Just early availability price gauging for the 480 as usual. I think I saw a few running for the direct conversion before all the stock was depleting.

      • juzz86
      • 4 years ago

      What’s a 980Ti worth second-hand up your way? Any floating about on Kijiji?

      I faced exactly the same predicament and went that way for just under AUD$600 (EVGA Classy). 1080s here are ~$1200, 1070s are ~$800.

      If you’re not watching every Watt, it may make the most sense from a price point-of-view. Still a very potent card and, as someone who had a 295X2 before it, I’d suggest rethinking your CrossFire path. Unless all the games you play are getting profiles, of course 🙂

      • travbrad
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]and the RX480 is not powerful enough (i.e. not powerful enough to play above 1080p) to justify the price. [/quote<] Funny how so many random enthusiasts seem to realize this but not most of the reviewers and benchmarkers.

      • End User
      • 4 years ago

      Wait for Vega.

    • CScottG
    • 4 years ago

    Whohoo!

    ..an R9 390 for $20-$80 less. (..when looking at the 8GB version.)

    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125792[/url<] Yes, there is some added value - but not much. When the early-adopter fad wears-off, people will start to realize that it might not have been such a great purchase after-all. And in a few months when the 1060 arrives, things will look even less "rosy". ..don't get me wrong though, the premiums that the 1080 and 1070 are currently commanding are even more absurd, even if they represent far better performance (value-for-dollar). ..and the 1060 is likely to have similar period of price-gouging.

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 4 years ago

      Christ. So many people bought the hype. Good for AMD though.

        • CScottG
        • 4 years ago

        True. In fact I hope that Nvidia does NOT come out with their 1060 sooner (than their typical 4 month delay). AMD really needs that cash infusion, and Nvidia needs the extra cash about as much as I need an extra hole in my head.

        • ronch
        • 4 years ago

        They had to build hype and sell as many cards as they can before Nvidia responds.

        Yeah, crazy how everyone acted like AMD is giving away free meals. It’s almost pitiful.

      • bwcbiz
      • 4 years ago

      1060 will only be able to price gouge if it outperforms the RX 480. Otherwise there’s competition to keep them honest. AMD isn’t competitive against the 1070 and 1080 so nVidia can pretty much charge what they want to maximize their earnings relative to their production capacity.

        • CScottG
        • 4 years ago

        I don’t think that’s going to be in question.

        My guess is 980-level performance (..6 GB version). (..but it will almost certainly cost more than prior ’60-series on a retail basis.)

          • DoomGuy64
          • 4 years ago

          Not if it has 32 ROPs. I doubt the 1060 will match 980 performance, and will instead be around 970 level. Polaris may even have the edge, depending on clockspeed.

    • Freon
    • 4 years ago

    [url<]https://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/amd/rx480/[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Incidentally, the GTX-1080 is in stock at a similar number of locations: [url<]https://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/nvidia/gtx1080/[/url<]

        • slowriot
        • 4 years ago

        That site… has issues or at least doesn’t update fast enough to be useful. It lists some cards as in-stock that are actually out-of-stock and vice versa with some listed as out-of-stock but are actually in-stock.

      • nanoflower
      • 4 years ago

      Out of stock at all locations except for Ebay where you can buy a RX 480 for the low low price of $350. Does anyone ever fall for that sort of trick? It’s not like there won’t be many more 480s hitting the marketplace over the coming days.

        • chuckula
        • 4 years ago

        Yup, Newegg was erroneously flagged as having it in stock, but clicking the link shows it is out of stock (there is some delay with that aggregator service).

          • morphine
          • 4 years ago

          As I pointed out in the article, stock was literally appearing and disappearing. I’d write a paragraph, refresh the page, then it’d be different.

    • Dposcorp
    • 4 years ago

    All I spotted was multiple “down votes” for my FIRST POST!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Where?

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        The same place 480s and 1070s are available!

      • chubbyhorse
      • 4 years ago

      Welcome to Tech Report… where every thing’s reported , and the points don’t matter!

      • Neutronbeam
      • 4 years ago

      Wait until you see what happens to your SECOND POST!

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 4 years ago

      [url<]https://imgflip.com/i/16n5ix[/url<]

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