|Memory Speed||8100 MHz|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||8 GB|
MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480 GDDR5 8GB CrossFire VR Ready FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card (RX 480 GAMING X 8G)
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- Chipset: AMD Radeon RX 480
- Video Memory: 8GB GDDR5
- Max. Resolution: n/a, supports 4x Display monitors
- Input: 8Pin PCI-E power connector, output: DVI-D Dual Link, 2x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort
- 500W system power supply requirement
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Patent Feature: TORX 2.0 Fan
Just like in games, the exclusive MSI TORX 2.0 Fan technology uses the power of teamwork to allow the Twin Frozr VI to achieve new levels of cool. TORX 2.0 Fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance in the heat of battle.
Advanced Zero Frozr Technology
First introduced in 2008 by MSI, ZeroFrozr technology has made its mark and is now the industry standard among graphics cards. It eliminates fan noise by stopping the fans in low-load situations. This means you can focus on gaming without the noise of spinning fans.
Solid Baseplate with Premium Thermal Compound
To temper the heat generated by a powerful GPU, MSI Gaming series graphics cards use a solid nickel-plated copper base plate. The base plate catches the heat from the GPU and transfers it to the heat pipes for dissipation so you can keep cool. Every detail counts when it comes to creating the ultimate thermal design, which is why Twin Frozr VI uses a premium thermal compound.
Each LED can be controlled individually by choosing any of the animation effects available in the MSI Gaming App, ranging from responding to your game sounds or music to steady light, breathing and flashing. Of course, you can also turn them off.
Multi GPU Support
Gaming enthusiasts are always looking for more performance to get the ultimate experience. Using multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire is a great way to find out just how good it gets. MSI Gaming graphics cards fully support multi GPU technologies.
|Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8G||Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 4G||Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8G||Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 4G|
|GPU||RX 480||RX 480||RX 470||RX 470|
|GPU Clock||(OC Mode 1316 MHz) (Gaming Mode 1303 MHz) (Silent Mode 1266 MHz)||(OC Mode 1316 MHz) (Gaming Mode 1303 MHz) (Silent Mode 1266 MHz)||(OC Mode 1254 MHz) (Gaming Mode 1242 MHz) (Silent Mode 1206 MHz)||(OC Mode 1254 MHz) (Gaming Mode 1242 MHz) (Silent Mode 1206 MHz)|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Clock (Up To)||8100 MHz||7100 MHz||6700 MHz||6700 MHz|
|Bus||PCI Express x16 3.0||PCI Express x16 3.0||PCI Express x16 3.0||PCI Express x16 3.0|
|Stream Processor||2304 Units||2304 Units||2048 Units||2048 Units|
|Memory Interface||256 bits||256 bits||256 bits||256 bits|
|Display Output||DisplayPort x 2 (version 1.4 Ready) / HDMI x 2(version 2.0b) / DL-DVI-D||DisplayPort x 2 (version 1.4 Ready) / HDMI x 2(version 2.0b) / DL-DVI-D||DisplayPort x 2 (version 1.4 Ready) / HDMI x 2 (version 2.0b) / DL-DVI-D||DisplayPort x 2 (version 1.4 Ready) / HDMI x 2 (version 2.0b) / DL-DVI-D|
MSI AMD Radeon RX 480 gaming x 8GB GDDR5 DVI/2HDMI/2DisplayPort PCI-Express video card.
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- Plays most games at Ultra/High at 1080p/60FPS
- Easy and high overclocking capability
- Near reference RX 480 performance and sometimes better on a slight OC
- Holds boost clocks stable and constant under load
- 8-pin connector and good power delivery
- Awesome performance in DX12/Vulkan games
- Awesome design and LEDs
Cons: - Stock factory clocks on core/memory (even in OC mode) could be higher
- Card is really big and barely fits in my Silverstone case
- Card is overpriced by about $10-20.
- No backplate for some reason (even though MSI RX 480 Gaming X version does)
Other Thoughts: - 8GB is more future proof but most people gaming at 1080p won't notice a big performance difference so while I fully recommend this product, you can save yourself some money if you're on a budget and get the 4GB.
- Two of these in CF should be impressive
- Even with 4 less compute units than the RX 480, the power and efficiency of these chips is impressive
- At this price point ($240, same as reference RX 480) you have to wonder which sector this product is aimed at.
- If you got the extra money, spring the $50 or so and get the RX 480 version, but this card is more than enough power at 1080p/60FPS for your gaming needs (especially with more DX12 titles coming out)
- Overall very happy with my purchase and the performance of this card. Stays cool (66° C) under load in my HTPC case and can barely hear fans even at full speed (2400RPM). OCs to give extra performance when I need it and only raises temps a few degrees. Got tired of waiting for the AIB RX 480s to come in stock and didn't want to spend around $300 for what's supposed to be a budget gaming card. I felt like I had settled with the reference RX 480, but this bad boy hasn't let me down! (This is the end of the main part of the product review. Below is a pricing/buying recommendation guide.)
Pricing/Purchasing Decisions: There has been a lot of misinformation, marketing and just fanboy-ism this generation of GPUs for some reason. That along with some of the statements made in other reviews I wanted to address pricing for the RX 470, compared to the RX 480, and help you in making an informed decision, not only in whether to purchase this product but maybe lead you to another product that's right for you, if not this one. First, I've read at least a couple reviews here (for the 4GB version, I believe) stating they got this product on a certain site for a certain price (around $168) and if you pay more than that, this card is overpriced or the seller is a scalper. If you got the card for that price, good for you, buddy, but that doesn't mean that's the price the card is meant to be at. The MSRP stated by AMD for the RX 470 4GB is starting at $179, which is for the models with reference specifications (although there is no reference model, there are models with reference coolers and PCBs). The running retail price for the AIB 4GB models with custom coolers is around $199, which is still an amazing value for the performance you get. I don't recommend spending too much more than that (although the Sapphire RX 470 NITRO+ is running around $209 and XFX has a model that runs around $219 at Best Buy), but when you look at the performance of the RX 470 compared to other products (to include the Nvidia GTX 960 and 3GB GTX 1060) around the $179-199 price range it's an amazing value. The running retail price for the 8GB variant of the RX 470 (for the manufacturers who make them: MSI and Sapphire) is $239. There the value proposition does go down for the increase, if any, in performance you see over the 4GB versions. So who is this product (MSI RX 470 Gaming X 8G and other 8GB variants) for? If you want to game at 1080P 60FPS at Ultra/High details in DX11, DX12 and Vulkan games and want to be able to play at maxed out video textures (and need Nightmare Video Textures in Doom 2016) with cool temps and quiet fans and an out of the box (OOTB), plug n play (PNP) experience get this product now. If you want the same experience, but don't mind tuning down the video textures a notch in some games (Doom 2016, RoTR and Assassin's Creed Unity), get the MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4G. You will see a negligible difference in performance over the 8GB model at $199 ($40 cheaper). If you want a little higher performance but have the cooling/airflow headroom to run cards that run a little warmer, get the Sapphire NITRO+ ($10 more) or Powercolor Red Devil (higher base boost clock) RX 470 4GB at the same price point. If you want to game at 1440p (at Medium/High settings) or are interested in playing in VR and have a larger tower build with good airflow/cooling and gaming on a budget of $250 or below and want a GPU that will last you 2+ years, get the reference RX 480. It runs warm and a little loud, but it can handle it. If you can spring the extra $50-60 and want a little more performance in a card that will last you 2-3 years, a great out of the box experience, cooler temps and quieter fan noise, get the MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8G or 4G or ASUS Strix RX 480. If you want the highest performance, but have the cooling/ventilation headroom to run at warmer temps and don't mind a little more fan noise, get the XFX or Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 variant. Finally, if you mostly play DX11 games and don't really care about any current or future DX12/Vulkan games (BF1, Deus Ex MD, Gears of War UE and 4, Forza Horizon 3, Doom 2016, AoTS, Hitman 2016, Total War: WH, Civilization VI, etc.), care about cool temps and power efficiency, only use single-GPU solutions (not SLI/CF) and usually replace your video card every 1-2 years get the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB (starting at $249-300+). It handles DX11 games very capably at the 1080p resolution at High/Ultra settings (can't recommend the 3GB GTX 1060 at any price point, I'm sorry but the small amount of VRAM, even with Nvidia's efficiency at handling memory, will become a limitation if not already). You may think it's strange that in an AMD RX 470 review and comparison that I'm recommending an Nvidia product, but having come from Nvidia the past 3 generations, even I can admit it's impressive what they've done with the improvements in power/thermal efficiency in Pascall. I have my own reasons for not going with Nvidia this generation, even though the GTX 1060 is overall a better performer in DX11 at cooler temps, the RX 470/480 pull far ahead in DX12/Vulkan and I want the ability to eventually be able to CF/SLI, whether I end up using that capability or not. I hope this info and recommendations help you in making your purchasing decision. At the end of the day, I'm very happy with this product, even with the performance difference between this and the reference RX 480 at the same price, as it's out of the box settings "just work" great but has the headroom for tweaks and performance improvements through OCing/undervolting and does so at cool temperatures and quiet fan noise levels. Happy Gaming!
* Plays games at 4k when most say it won't.
* For less intensive games the fan doesn't even need to be on.
* Quality construction, doesn't feel flimsy at all.
* Worked out of the box. Plugged it in, updated my drivers all was good.
* Doom with Vulkan API is blazing fast.
* Every game I have installed looks incredible at 4k.
* At 1080p I see fps from 70+ easy.
* Fan is a little noisy (I have my PC in the family room and although they noted it was a little loud, it didn't bother anyone).
I can't say enough how impressed I am. I had all kinds of worries prior to receiving it due to some bad reviews. I was very worried about the temperature, and noise. Some reviews said it crashed there machines. I've seen none of that. I don't know if this is an issue with overclocking but I see no reason to mess with that, it is incredible as it is.
For reference here are my specs:
Corsair VS500 PSU
LG 4k Monitor
Okay after spending sometime with this card, I ran into one major issue, overheating. As you might have read elsewhere, this card gets very hot, very fast. It quickly goes to 80-84 degrees, and if you don't have good airflow in your case, the card will overheat and cause a black screen crash, forcing you to hard reset the PC. I have a cheap old case I've been using for a very long time. The card's limit is 90 degrees. The problem is in the design that MSI has done. The default cooling method has the fans on the card not spinning while idle, and the fans turn one once the card goes over 60 degrees. The problem is, because the card gets hot fast, the fans don't spin fast enough to cool the heat. It doesn't even spin at 100 percent unless its about to crash. Not good.
Fortunately there is a fix, I downloaded MSI Afterburner program. It's completely free and widely used. I used this program to create a custom fan profile to manual adjust the cooling method. I have the fans always spinning at 40 percent while idle, which you hardly hear, and the fans spin at 100 percent once it goes over 60 degrees. The result is idle temps at 30-35 and load temps at 65-70, and 75 at most. So my black screen crashes have stopped. Was thinking about taking a star away for the poor cooling design, but the benefits from the card are still great, so I'll keep it at 5 stars... for now.
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