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AMD's new Radeon RX 480 GPU aims to make VR affordable

AMD's new Radeon RX 480 GPU ai...
AMD has announced the Radeon RX 480, a VR-ready GPU at a low-end price which the company hopes will drive up adoption rates of virtual reality
AMD has announced the Radeon RX 480, a VR-ready GPU at a low-end price which the company hopes will drive up adoption rates of virtual reality
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AMD has announced the Radeon RX 480, a VR-ready GPU at a low-end price which the company hopes will drive up adoption rates of virtual reality
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AMD has announced the Radeon RX 480, a VR-ready GPU at a low-end price which the company hopes will drive up adoption rates of virtual reality
The Radeon RX 480 features over five teraflops of power, comes in a 4 GB or 8 GB model, and can support monitors that provide 1.4 HDR and AMD FreeSync
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The Radeon RX 480 features over five teraflops of power, comes in a 4 GB or 8 GB model, and can support monitors that provide 1.4 HDR and AMD FreeSync

Getting VR-ready requires a pretty beefy rig, and there's usually an equally-beefy price tag attached. AMD is looking to lower that barrier with the US$199Radeon RX 480 graphics card.

That $199 will net you the 4GB edition of the Radeon RX 480, which AMD says packs the punch of a $500 GPU in terms of VR performance. With this price point the company hopes to drive up adoption rates of VR, encourage developers to create more content for the platform and drive down the costs of VR-ready computers and equipment.

"Cost remains the daylight between VR being only for the select few, and universal access for everyone," says Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect of Radeon, at AMD. "The Radeon RX Series is a disruptive technology that adds rocket fuel to the VR inflection point, turning it into a technology with transformational relevance to consumers."

The Radeon RX 480 features over five teraflops of power, comes in a 4 GB or 8 GB model, and can support monitors that provide 1.4 HDR and AMD FreeSync
The Radeon RX 480 features over five teraflops of power, comes in a 4 GB or 8 GB model, and can support monitors that provide 1.4 HDR and AMD FreeSync

AMD says the Radeon RX 480 is based on what content developers will tune for over the next three to four years, and is the first card to use the company's low power, high-performance Polaris architecture built on the 14nm FinFET manufacturing process.

The 150 W RX 480 has over five teraflops of processing grunt and will be available with either 4 GB or 8 GB of GDDR5. Along with VR support, the card will be compatible with monitors that feature AMD FreeSync, a technology to smooth over tearing and artefacts at high frame rates, and the high dynamic range of DisplayPort 1.3 and 1.4 monitors.

The Radeon RX 480 is due to launch on June 29.

Here's the full AMD presentation from Computex 2016:

AMD Live at Computex 2016

Source: AMD

2 comments
Daishi
Anandtech is guessing that it will fall somewhere between the $330 R9 390 and the $430 R9 390X. Both of those cards are 28nm and 275 watts vs the RX 480 at 14nm and 150 watts. I wouldn't be surprised if they are sold out for a couple months after launch.
Steve Jones
But will VR get cheaper? Or, when Rift 2.0 and Vive 2.0 come out - about 18 months from now - will the minimum specs simply leap up to the point where the second generation costs the same as the first?