XFX Radeon RX 480 Double Dissipation images leak

XFX is one of a few graphics card vendors that exclusively deals in AMD's Radeon GPUs. It comes as no surprise that XFX appears to have its own custom RX 480 in the late stages of production. Courtesy of Korean hardware site Quasar-Zone, we have some pictures of the "Double Dissipation" board XFX could be releasing soon.

Of particular note is this card's custom board design featuring an 8-pin power connector. That choice could ensure that the card will have sufficient power for both stock settings and overclocks without straining sensitive components. XFX will surely be shipping this card with some degree of factory overclock, as the company has shipped even one of its reference designs with a mild OC. Earlier rumors placed that clock rate around 1330 MHz. Curiously, it also seems the rumors about XFX including removable fans on this card were true.

The pictured board has the same output cluster as the reference card, with one HDMI port, one DVI port, and three DisplayPort connections. Unfortunately, we don't know the actual release date or pricing for this product yet. With luck, we'll get an official release and more details soon.

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    • Sam125
    • 3 years ago

    Also, to be clear, I don’t benefit in any way from any tech company. My opinions stated on TR are a reflection of me and me alone… and occasionally of loved ones.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    I’m confused by all the DD hate on XFX. I’ve got two hot clocked 290Xs and both stay 20 degrees C under the thermal limit at 1100mhz. The coolers are silent and can’t be heard with the side window on. At 100% they make an audible noise but no where near the volume of the radiator fans or speakers. Ambient temperature is 24C during testing. People keep blaming high temps on Hawaii cooling solutions forgetting the chip is supposed to run at 94C.

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Agreed. I have a 290X from XFX and it rarely exceeds 70C. The card’s fans are inaudible at that temperature. [url=https://techreport.com/review/26092/custom-cooled-radeon-r9-290x-cards-from-asus-and-xfx-reviewed/3<]TechReport also liked the cooler's performance[/url<].

    • mcnels1
    • 3 years ago

    The reference RX 480s don’t have DVI ports.

    • Sam125
    • 3 years ago

    Looks snazzy but everyone is waiting for the Sapphire iteration of the RX 480, IMO. : )

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      I’m not sure “snazzy” is the appropriate term here. This is about as dull/subdued/understated as they come.

      • Sam125
      • 3 years ago

      :\

        • RAGEPRO
        • 3 years ago

        Do you work for Sapphire, or something? You made a similar remark on the ASUS ROG Strix newspost.

          • Sam125
          • 3 years ago

          No, I’m friends with many of the founders of the company and on the Board of Directors but I don’t work for Sapphire no. Sapphire consistently has the tightest tolerances on a non-reference board though, which is why if people can’t buy reference cards then Sapphire is my AIB of choice, due to tighter tolerances.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 3 years ago

            Tell your buddies to fix TriXX software. The UX on it is absolutely horrible. Why does clicking on the UNLABELED speedometer-style graphs instantly attempt to set the GPU or RAM clock (or voltage!) to whatever value I clicked, regardless of how insane it might be? It’s unbelievable.

            • Sam125
            • 3 years ago

            They probably wouldn’t listen to me since I haven’t been in contact with them for several years, but that sounds great, the speedometer responds instantly to your command, and if you fry your card then you’ll have to buy a new one… marketing, you know what I’m saying? :\

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 3 years ago

            [quote<]Sapphire consistently has the tightest tolerances on a non-reference board though, which is why if people can't buy reference cards then Sapphire is my AIB of choice, due to tighter tolerances.[/quote<]Was it these tight tolerances that allowed for a poor heatsink mounting on my video card, causing it to burn up? I know everyone makes a lemon now and again. Sapphire used to be my go to since once-upon-a-time they were contracted to make the ATi branded cards. However, only one company ever has sent me a video card with an improperly mounted cooler. They didn't even honor the warranty. Since then, I've been continually impressed with some of their products (they were one of the first to use vapor chambers), but I never can convince myself to give them another go.

            • Sam125
            • 3 years ago

            If you overclock then you lose the warranty. Don’t try to blame the manufacturer for your own stupidity.

      • Concupiscence
      • 3 years ago

      Or Asus’ “if it floated, it could be a boat” Strix edition…

        • Sam125
        • 3 years ago

        Whenever I see the word “Strix” I actually think, S-trix. LoL

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Are the removable fans there because they are standardized fans that can be replaced with different fans based on your cooling/noise level preferences? Or is it just a gimmick?

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 years ago

      [url<]http://quasarzone.co.kr/data/editor/1607/eda2845db1ca0c60c51ca15a7daa9195_1468495882_7022.jpg[/url<] It seems kind of money-making gimmicky to me.

      • bittermann
      • 3 years ago

      Be sure to purchase replacements on a regularly scheduled basis because “FU”, that’s why.

    • cynan
    • 3 years ago

    Ever since XFX’s Double Disappointment coolers premiered as in their woefully inadequate form on the HD 7970s, I’ve been leery of XFX aftermarket coolers. Hopefully they’re better now (or at least match the TDP requirements of the card) but why they chose to stick with that name for their more recent coolers is a bit of a mystery.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      Double Disappointment, indeed.

      I had a few 7970 DD XXX Black Editions and considering how hefty and high-quality the coolers felt, they were horrifically noisy and did not keep temperatures in check.

      I’ve bought a few budget XFX cards since, but I heard an unsubstantiated rumour that XFX bought the low-yield chips at a discount from AMD because they required overvolting to reach target clocks. So perhaps the heavy, well-made coolers weren’t rubbish, it was just that XFX were cutting corners elsewhere.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 3 years ago

        I have to say, when I was writing this up, I had to resist the urge to post that image (on the Quasar-Zone page) of the heat transfer block and how horrible the mating between it and the heatpipes is. Also how horrible the surface of the block is.

          • Mr Bill
          • 3 years ago

          Just checked out that image. Its like a cargo cult version of a high end cooler. I have an XFX DD 7870 and it runs pretty warm; now I begin to see why.

          • MOSFET
          • 3 years ago

          I guess now I know why I’ve always thought of XFX as an ultra-budget brand, not worth money.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            [url=http://quasarzone.co.kr/data/editor/1607/eda2845db1ca0c60c51ca15a7daa9195_1468492568_3199.jpg<]Where is the solder?[/url<]

      • TravelMug
      • 3 years ago

      Gave you an upvote for this. Double Disappointment indeed. Have a 380X from them with this cooling and it is woeful. Hot and loud. Can only be called silent when under 50% but that of course is not possible as the GPU would overheat. And at 45% a weird growling starts which is very annoying, fan/air noise would not be a huge problem there, but the growl is a great annoyance.

      • Freon
      • 3 years ago

      I had a 7970 DD, it seemed like a pretty good card… ?? It was smaller and higher power than the 970 that replaced it, but the cooler still seemed to be fine. I never really overclocked it or paid attention to temps, I’m sure it ran a bit toasty, but it wasn’t particularly loud.

        • Concupiscence
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, I’ve been using one in my Linux rig for a few weeks and it’s seemed just as quiet and reasonable an experience as the Asus Strix 970 that was in there previously… I’m certain some people have had problems, but to date I’m not one of them.

    • Goty
    • 3 years ago

    I feel like the only thing removable fans bring to the table is introducing another possible point for vibration and noise.

      • maxxcool
      • 3 years ago

      Too bad it’s a XFX custom fan, would have been nice to put in Noctua, Silenx etc…

        • DrCR
        • 3 years ago

        Zip ties and rubber, my friend.

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          Sugru all the things

      • TwistedKestrel
      • 3 years ago

      It probably brings down costs for XFX, as fan failure is a common reason for RMA.

      On an unrelated note, one of the fans on my XFX 7950 is on its last legs and I’m hoping it dies soon so I can get it RMA’ed. (Not angling for a free upgrade, just the sound of the wobbly fan is annoying)

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 3 years ago

    Just read that overclockers has about 1000 of the Sapphire on pre-order. That seems like a lot of demand.

    [url<]http://www.overclock3d.net/news/gpu_displays/sapphire_rx_480_nitro_uk_pricing_and_rumored_clock_speeds/1[/url<]

      • Pettytheft
      • 3 years ago

      I was a bit surprised about the RX480 card. It’s constantly out of stock everywhere and AMD was supposed to have a large stock on hand. Either this card is selling like hotcakes or their ability to ramp up production is a lie. I see more 1080’s in stock these days.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        I’d guess at “selling like hotcakes”.

        It may not be the ideal card enthusiasts are waiting for, but it’s OMFG amazing 1080p performance for the masses at a $100 discount over the GTX970. If Ford said you could have a Mustang V6 Fastback for $15K instead of $25K, you’d probably stop looking at Hondas and Toyotas, right?

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 3 years ago

          [url=http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-honda-accord-ex-l-v-6-coupe-automatic-test-review<]My Honda[/url<] is quicker than the Mustang and gets better mileage. 😉

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 3 years ago

            A GTX1070 is quicker than the RX480 and has better power efficiency as well. I think you just made his point. Significantly cheaper price often outweighs other considerations.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            You missed the opportunity to dismiss my opinion as a “Honda fanboy.” 😉

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    Does XFX still offer lifetime warranties? I’ve had decent support from them in the past.

    I wish EVGA would make AMD cards. I had an old evga mobo from way back and it was way past warranty, but had a good experience with the support, nice and quick and friendly, although they couldn’t do anything to fix it though.

    Now where are the non-reference RX470’s????

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      Nope. Was disappointed when i got an xfx 290 which they said was no longer lifetime. Sent it back.

      I’ve had remarkable support from msi in Canada.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 3 years ago

        I like MSI as well.

      • Topinio
      • 3 years ago

      No, but XFX support did not always honour it when it was a thing.

      • Kretschmer
      • 3 years ago

      You have to apply for extended warranty service within a certain period of time (30 days?) or it’s capped at two years. This happened to me with my 290X.

      Sending the latter in for RMA service due to visual corruption; glad it surfaced within the first year of operation.

    • shank15217
    • 3 years ago

    Here we go, price these cards at $250 or below and we may have a winner.

      • Vaughn
      • 3 years ago

      The price gouging won’t stop until demand goes down its why I rarely ever by any hardware at launch anymore.

      And don’t get me wrong I can afford it but why should I.

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