Ever since Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) revealed the RX 480, RX 470, and RX 460, people have been wondering what can the AMD’s new polaris architecture bring to the table to compete with Nvidia. After the release of the RX 480 people had their hopes high. Advanced Micro Devices has offered a competitively priced card with outstanding performance per dollar.
This is something Nvidia had not expected, as Nvidia preferred to focus their efforts more on the high end GPU’s. Nvidia had lacked to supply a card in the lower price range leaving AMD to dominate the lower end sector. This was a big win for AMD, and so the polaris train continues with the RX 470, and RX 460.
According to Advanced Micro Devices the RX 470 promises amazing HD gaming for a great price, that price being below $200 (USD), it also comes with a healthy package of 2048 stream processors. There were also released benchmarks that seemed very promising, as according to the leaked benchmarks, the 470 performed outstandingly, easily getting over 60-100 frames per second on new AAA titles.
The other card that has the eyes of many gamers that play e-sports games is the RX 460, which promises to be sub 75 watts, meaning that it can be powered via the PCIE slot alone. It also comes with 896 stream processors. This is thanks to AMD’s new 14nm finfet technology, which is actually better than Nvidia’s 16 nm finfet technology. This is one of the reasons that Red Team is able to achieve 2.8x performance per watt over the previous generation.
Not introducing high end expensive cards first was a smart move by the Red Team, and that’s because around 95% of all Steam users said that they either play at 1080p or below, and most gamers around 87% have a $100-$300 GPU. This is one of the reasons that the Red Team swept the dominated the GPU market for cheaper cards. These cards will also get the full package with the Vulkan API which is making a huge impact on the GPU market as it makes the lower end AMD graphics cards compete with Nvidia’s more pricey cards.
At the moment the new polaris architecture has dominated in performance per dollar, even Nvidia’s response the 1060 didn’t beat the RX 480 in performance per dollar, this is thanks to Red Team’s aggressive pricing and their better 14nm finfet technology. The estimated release dates for the RX 470 and the RX 460 Aug. 4th and Aug 8th respectively, but this may vary as we have not gotten AMD’s word for it.
Many people are wondering where the high end AMD GPU’s are, and if you look at their GPU architecture roadmap you will see that they will most be launching their next architecture Vega, should arrive sometime early 2017, and they promise HBM2 (high bandwidth memory, version 2).