MSI’s Radeon RX 480 Gaming family will arrive in mid-August

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.

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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Every time I look at one of these overbearing graphics card coolers from MSI, Gigabyte or Asus it’s like a part of my brain is frying. Typical Asian technology company design language, I guess.

      • DoomGuy64
      • 3 years ago

      Asus and Giabyte yes, MSI no. Some people complain that stock coolers are too bland, and MSI is usually a nice compromise between bland and gaudy. Black/Red is the standard color scheme for Radeon, so it matches tastefully. Their coolers are also some of the better performing designs as well.

      MSI & Sapphire are my top two for aftermarket coolers. Everything else is meh/ugh.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        Well, maybe not for you but this MSI right here fizzles a few synapses in my head. Oh and recall that MSI ‘trash can’ PC featured here on TR not too long ago. Crazy Taiwanese design language one would expect from them.

    • puppetworx
    • 3 years ago

    Better late than never?

    • tay
    • 3 years ago

    These cards, along with the Sapphire’s announced last week, are shipping with laughable overclocks. It isn’t even 5% which indicates how poorly this GPU overclocks. Thanks GloFo!!!
    Anyway, this is all hypothetical as there are so few RX 480s to be found, that most people will give up and get a GTX 1060.

      • xeridea
      • 3 years ago

      The 1060 was a paper launch, it is virtually non-existant on Newegg (1 soldout, marked-up listing). 480 launched in large quantities, there is just a really high demand for it. There are custom 480s around the corner that pretty much match 1060 performance for cheaper.

        • tay
        • 3 years ago

        They have stats of when the item was last in stock, how long for etc. Plus check the comments. It’s really a shame as I think the 4 GB RX 480 variant is a fantastic value but both versions are essentially MIA.
        [url<]http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/amd/rx480/[/url<] [url<]http://www.nowinstock.net/computers/videocards/nvidia/gtx1060/[/url<] You can see the 1060 goes in and out of stock frequently and few people are complaining.

          • mkk
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, RX 480’s with 4GB at the same clock speed as the 8GB could have been something. Now it seems that smaller retailers tend to avoid the current crop of 4GB models altogether.

          Since 3rd party designs are taking their time to appear (understandable since the PCIe power factor is likely to be fixed on-card) and the overclocking margin so far has been slim (on the chip, while mem is quite decent); I’m eyeing a deal for a local sale of Fury cards for not much more. I should simply wait for Vega, but Battlefield 1 dammit.

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 3 years ago

      I’m more concerned about quantities.

      • DoomGuy64
      • 3 years ago

      You could have at least said “Thanks Glo[i<]Fail[/i<]." That said, it has been reported that the 480 can OC to around 1400, so it's really up to the individual card / user.

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    I really don’t get why people care for back plates. Like they’re ok, but i don’t get why it’s a”feature” worth paying more for.

      • Farting Bob
      • 3 years ago

      Its just because high end cards have them, usually because they are longer and the cooler weighs more so its nice to have a backplate to prevent the board from bending over time. So they market it as a high end feature and slap it on smaller, cheaper cards which dont need it.

      • PBCrunch
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe it is a feature for morons that remove their video card regularly? If the card has a backplate, all the surface mount components are protected if the card is laid on its back.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 3 years ago

        “Morons” like video card reviewers?

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          That’s a pretty damn small market.

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      It’s for those times when your CPU cooler bracket breaks and your frickin’ heavy CPU cooler falls on your graphics card. Think of the back plate as some sort of shield for your [s<]Nvidia[/s<] graphics card.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]If you'd prefer silence over speed, the Gaming (non-X) cards have a more modest 1292-MHz boost clock..., although they lack the backplate[/quote<] I'm guessing 24MHz isn't going to make a bit of difference in the noise department. They use this same cooler on [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127872<]much more power-hungry GPUs[/url<]

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      I’m also guessing it isn’t going ro make much of a difference in terms of performance. Should be a pretty simple over clock.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    At least the color scheme meshes with Radeon branding for these HSFs.

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