When AMD revealed the Radeon RX 480, the price for only the 4 GB variant was announced, being $200. Since then, rumors about the pricing of the 8 GB variant spread like wildfire; until recently when they finally revealed the price to be $229.
Currently, AMD’s lineup for Polaris graphics cards includes the Radeon RX 480 (running on Polaris 10 XT), Radeon RX 470 (running on Polaris 10 PRO), and Radeon RX 460 (running on Polaris 11). Both, the 4 GB and 8 GB variants of the Radeon RX 480 will come out together. AMD has created an overclocking tool, which will make it easier to overclock the RX 480 beyond its reference clock speeds.
The Radeon RX 480 contains the Polaris 10 GPU core. It will feature GDDR5 memory with 8 GBps memory chips and 256 GBps bandwidth. This is higher than the Radeon RX 470 and RX 460. It comes with three DP 1.4 ports and a single HDMI 2.0 port. The design is similar to the Radeon R9 380, with some small changes. A brand new cooler has been installed, that doesn’t make a lot of noise while keeping things cool.
The price tag for both the variants of the Radeon RX 480 is understandable. The difference between prices of the 4 GB and the 8 GB isn’t too slim. If it was, the 4 GB one would not see many sales, as people would rather buy the 8 GB one. This pricing keeps the RX 480 under Nvidia’s GTX 1070, which means a superb price to performance ratio.
There isn’t much need for the 8 GB variant in the market, as for most titles these days 4 GB of VRAM seems to be enough; especially if you’re running 1440p. For 4k, you might be better off with the 8 GB card.