After a lengthy tease from AMD we are finally seeing the new AMD Radeon RX 480 roll out. As we saw in our preview the card successfully makes leaps in its power to performance profile and brings a healthy performance jump to the mainstream market. It goes without saying that there will be custom cards coming from other vendors.

ASUS is the first to throw their hat into the ring with their new ROG Strix RX 480. This card will of course feature AMD’s new Polaris 10 core which brings us performance improvements with less power and heat. The ROG Strix RX 480 will also be an 8GB card running at 8GHz on the cards 256-bit bus, though ASUS has not yet released clock speeds for the GPU core.

The new card will be housed in ASUS’s DirectCU III cooler which will allow more performance and less noise. Around back the card will have a back plate. With both the back plate and the black metal shroud featuring Asus’s new Aura RGB lighting which will be helpful in color matching the card to a wide variety of builds.

ASUS is first to the punch with their custom cards, but many are sure to follow with the new release of the AMD Radeon RX 480. We’ll be sure to report on them as announcements come in.

Source: ASUS

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  • Shadow7037932 - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    I hope Anandtech is planning to do a 480 round up review for the various non reference designs.
  • Chaitanya - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    As long as it doesnt cost a bomb. It does looks like a proper after market treatment to a gpu.
  • xthetenth - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    That looks like it's going to overhang the PCB a lot, should be an excellent cooler.
  • Eden-K121D - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    I hope the include a 8 pin connector to avoid the PCIeGate fiasco
  • Scabies - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    We're doing a gate already? Besides I thought it was powergate. Get your gates together.
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, July 3, 2016 - link

    They're fixing that issue. I for one still hope (and assume) they include more robust power, but for overclocking reasons.
  • Laxaa - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    Any date/timeframe when we can expect these? In the coming weeks?
  • LostWander - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - link

    I can't find any info aside from the press release (which mentions no timeframe) but a few weeks is the standard time to wait for the non-reference cards to start shipping.
  • Sushisamurai - Friday, July 1, 2016 - link

    Whatever happened to Asus's hybrid fan design for their GPU's? It was first introduced on the 280X, and shortly discontinued (even on the 280X-V2) with no real reason as to why.
  • rboehme - Friday, July 1, 2016 - link

    The RX480 isn't worth a look, no matter what custom design. Not sure what AMD thought when they released it. Everyone was waiting for a top-notch card competing with NVIDIA 1070/1080.

    This is a middleclass card which is performance-wise somewhere between two year yold GTX 970 and 980.

    Until now, AMD had the excuse of not having a 16nm process. That doesn't count anymore, and this chip still sucks reagrding performance/watt. Huge disappointment.

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