Announcements of non-reference Radeon RX 480 cards are finally making their way through the grapevine to us, and today's comes from the Dragon Army. MSI is strapping its Twin Frozr VI cooler on AMD's Polaris 10 GPU to produce a family of Radeon RX 480 Gaming cards. These custom-designed Radeons each have an 8-pin PCIe connector and use eight power phases to feed their GPUs. Meanwhile, the Twin Frozr cooler lends them all of the same heatpipe goodness and RGB LED accents of their cousins in the other recent Gaming X families.
That big, fancy cooler allows MSI to push the Polaris GPU's boost clock from the reference 1266 MHz up to 1316 MHz on the Gaming X variants. If you'd prefer silence over speed, the Gaming (non-X) cards have a more modest 1292-MHz boost clock and should be whisper-quiet, although they lack the backplate included on the Gaming X cards. All of the Radeons in MSI's new Gaming series come with an extra HDMI port over the reference design, giving them a pair each of HDMI and DisplayPort. A single DVI-D port is also included for those of us clinging to older displays. MSI says the Gaming and Gaming X series cards will be available in 4GB and 8GB versions in the middle of August.