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Posted · Original PosterOP

Today I got myself a treat

I have received an RX 480 4GB from Newegg

 

It is also the cheapest 1080p card ( I don't consider RX 470/1050 Ti or any other card a good 1080p match)

Price: 254.99 Canadian Dollars (with tax and shipping is 301.69 where I use standard Ground International shipping for 11.99 as pick up at Richmond Hill warehouse was not available sadly)

Newegg link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131706&cm_re=rx_480-_-14-131-706-_-Product

 

Don't be mistaken with a dual fan/cooler Red Dragon which also happens to be a 480 4GB

This card is even cheaper than any GTX 1060 3GB out there 

 

The price of a GTX 980 used on kjiji is around 300 CAD (a guy agreed to go 320 CAD for an Asus Strix 980)

Had to use imgur because of excessive amount of pictures I took and this time I used a high quality Canon G7 (still better than my Samsung S5 Neo phone camera)

 

First off is the front of the box. Nothing special. Oh yeah. If you look closely they did actually put a 4GB GDDR5 sticker on it. Maybe did not bother printing it or forgot about it so customer won't complain why PowerColor took half of VRAM from them. I mean you should look at it before you buy who would not do that? 

 

VR Ready? I ain't got money for VR headset or VR games

HDR Ready? AMD FreeSync? I am running a 60Hz TN panel, give me a break

DX12? Well nice. I have Windows 10. That's something nice I got out from

FinFet? Wtf is FinFet? Are there 14 of them or is that version 14?

 

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Next is the back of the box. Yeah they just give you a heads up/guide on what you need. Typical. Though I don't understand what Blu Ray has to do with all of this? Also no Windows 8 support?

AMD True Audio? But I connect to a DVI cable. Did I lose anything or do I need HDMI?

LiquidVR? Sounds like someone is trying to liquid cool a card so it can do VR

VSR is basically AMD's equivalent of DSR right? But I heard 480 is not meant for 4K gaming? Unless you tryna upscale my porn to 4K and downscale it back to 1080p :D

A display with digital port is required (HDMI or DisplayPort)? Bitch please. DVI here. See, they are lying. LYING...

And some other useless stuff like GCN and Vulkan and some logos/icons saying you should not trash it but is the green circle one means recycleble? Can I put it in my Recycle Garbage bin? It is recycable but on the other hand I can not put it to a bin. So confusing.

 

Again the sticker. Did they put a sticker for 1060 3gb/6gb cards? I would love to know.

 

And one thing. The color of the text is somewhat velvet red if you were wondering. The exact same color RX series been using. Not red.

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Inside of the box are some manuals that I threw away lol. And the CD disc of ... ATI? Whhaaat? Anyway already have latest Crimson driver installed. At the time of me writing I am already using the card. So far doesn't overheat or make any noise to me. I think I might need to replace my stock CPU cooler to hear my card better.

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And finally. The card itself. BEHOLD

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The back of the package gives us some info we will never able to see unless open the box and it's quite important. Sorry for my MS Paint skill. I had to block/erase some serial code for privacy purpose. 

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And we wait no more. Open this spoiler to reveal all of the picture of the beautiful graphics card

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BACKPLATE!!! IT HAS BACKPLATE!!!!

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6 pin PCI-E connector as expected

 

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1 HDMI, 3 Display Port and 1 DVI port. Damn the flash on the camera makes it so sexy.

 

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The other side

 

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Another side

 

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and... I fucked up. Anyway. I forgot to take a picture from the top of it with the package removed. And since it is already installed in my PC I would not want to remove it. Google it. There should be plenty.

That's it for pictures. Follow this topic for updates when I will do benchmarks, temps, noise, power of the card later.

 

Here I tag people who might be interested in this piece of crap.

 

Noise level of the GPU: Noise level

 

Pictures inside the card itself: Click for pix

 

The card as seen from the top: Click for pix

 

Temps and fan speed under load: Click

 

Cards overclocked: Click

 

>>Games benchmarked:

 

 

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reminds me of my old 750ti that had a broken fan blade, made a massive racket, and ran at 80 degrees most of the time


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This Product need external power, Please connect a power cable from power supply of system

Some amazing grammar there xD


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Y u no tell us temps? :(


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2 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

I rate it 4 out of 8

10/6.5


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Even the cheapest 480 has a bloody backplate

Fml


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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 1/4/2017 at 5:26 PM, Energycore said:

Y u no tell us temps? :(

30-40 C idle and usage is around 10% idle

GPU Z reports 0.1W power which could be true on idle or it's bullshit

 

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1 minute ago, deXxterlab97 said:

30-40 C idle and usage is around 10% idle

GPU Z reports 0.1W power which could be true on idle or it's bullshit

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Load it with Heaven though


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1 minute ago, deXxterlab97 said:

Well got a score of 76 lol. 

This is fun.

How were temps while heaven was running?


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1 minute ago, deXxterlab97 said:

We have our first benchmark results. Fans did not kick in yet. Temps are at max 45 degrees @Energycore

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You're getting 3fps in Heaven, something's wrong xD


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2 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

Gonna try DDU one more time. 

First see where your monitor's connected

Is it connected to the motherboard?

 

The GPU-Z Window showed HD Graphics 4600 so I've a feeling you're still running on the iGPU


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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, Energycore said:

First see where your monitor's connected

Is it connected to the motherboard?

 

The GPU-Z Window showed HD Graphics 4600 so I've a feeling you're still running on the iGPU

*facepalm*

Still had VGA connected from mobo despite the fact I changed to PCIE in BIOS. Well fuck that

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Just now, deXxterlab97 said:

*facepalm*

Still had VGA connected from mobo despite the fact I changed to PCIE in BIOS. Well fuck that

Your boy Energycore's here to fix all your fuckups :D


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39 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

Here I tag people who might be interested in this piece of crap.

 

Very interested;)

Seems like you got a good deal.

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4 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

No you didn't. Now it sounds like a cow on load

Like a cow? xD

Well if it's loud, what were you expecting, look at that heatsink

 

This is the point where you undervolt (need to unlock voltage control on Afterburner), then stress test. Also tweak the fan curve to hit 85C or whatever temp you think is fine.


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43 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

I rate it 4 out of 8

I figured it would be fish out of blue and a half...

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1 minute ago, Energycore said:

Like a cow? xD

Well if it's loud, what were you expecting, look at that heatsink

 

This is the point where you undervolt (need to unlock voltage control on Afterburner), then stress test. Also tweak the fan curve to hit 85C or whatever temp you think is fine.

The cow is now quieter. 

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1 minute ago, deXxterlab97 said:

The cow is now quieter. 

See? Solving all of your and powercolor's fuckups xD

 

Edit: undervolting should now allow it to hit higher clocks, weirdly enough


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