AMD's Radeon RX 480 is the best damned $200 video card we’ve ever seen

IDG.TV | Jun 29, 2016

The Radeon RX 480 democratizes the pixel

We’d all love to have $700 video cards, but when you’re saving up for that NASA space camp that your parents refused to send you to in the 4th grade, pennies count. The good news is AMD’s got your back.

Meet AMD’s Radeon RX 480, the first GPU that democratizes the pixel. It’s basically the first affordable graphics card that gives you 1080p gaming performance without compromise.

And by no compromise, I mean no compromise. The RX 480 is so powerful, it’ll play modern games at 1920 by 1080 at 60 frames per second or higher with all setttings on Ultra.

No other GPU has ever given you this much performance at this price. And, yes, it’ll do VR too.

How did AMD do this? The RX 480 is built on a new 14nm process which is way cooler and more efficient than previous generations of GPUs.

And here’s the punch line: it’s just $200.

In games, it’s every bit as fast as Nvidia’s $300 GeForce GTX 970 and it absolutely obliterates the $200 GTX 960.

The only real caveat with the RX 480 is that it doesn’t equal the performance of a $500 GPU, as AMD once claimed.

But what kind of an ungrateful gamer complains about getting $300 worth of performance for $200?

And now you’ll have enough money to fulfill that childhood fantasy of going to space camp.