LOS ANGELES — At E3’s second annual PC gaming show, AMD CEO Lisa Su unveiled two graphics cards based on the company’s new Polaris architecture: the RX 460 and the RX 470.
These new 14nm process cards looked tiny in Su’s hands, and they’ll be compared to lower specs than the $199 RX 480 card (probably around £160), which was revealed separately two weeks ago. Su described the RX 470 as an ideal card for “1080p gaming” and will likely be based on a slimmed-down version of the chip in the RX 480, while the RX 460 promises to offer serious power for the low power requirement of 75 watts and is designed for esports games like League of Legends and other MOBAs.
Specs, pricing and release dates for these two Polaris cards weren’t formally announced at the event, but since the RX 480 retails for $199, they’ll be light on the wallet. Su also asked a rep to walk across the stage wearing a backpack complete with an Alienware PC installed inside – backpack PCs are something of a trend at the moment– which could actually be light and comfortable if AMD cranks out a small form factor with the “disruptive” $199 RX 480 card inside.
AMD hasn’t revealed any new details about the Polaris architecture, but at least we already know that it’s 14nm and that the die reduction will allow the company to dramatically improve the efficiency of the underlying GCN architecture. The RX 480 with its 36 compute units and 256 GB/s bandwidth will probably perform somewhere between the existing R9 380 and R9 380X, but at only 150 W.
Aiming for the mainstream market is a smart move by AMD for a growing market share. While the company’s Fury range of graphics cards have been good products, they still can’t compete with Nvidia in the higher end, especially now that Nvidia has released the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, the latter of which is the fastest graphics card you can buy. buy directly.