After Nvidia GeForce with Pascal, it is the turn AMD to introduce its first graphics card built around a GPU manufactured using a new generation of process. No headshots in terms of performance, AMD has tried to benefit as many players as possible to its Polaris GPU through more affordable cards. Successful bet ? Should we jump on these first Radeon RX 480?
energy efficiency increasing, performance / aggressive price and new features are part of the benefits highlighted by AMD thanks to a new manufacturing process that allows equipping chip smaller and consume less transistors.
Since the Radeon HD 7970 and the inauguration of 28nm TSMC process, almost 5 years have passed, never seen in the small world of the GPU. It was as it finally moves and it is with enthusiasm that we welcome the new chips manufactured in 16nm TSMC 14nm or Samsung / GlobalFoundries. Nvidia chose TSMC, its traditional partner while AMD has opted for GlobalFoundries operating a process that has been developed by Samsung. The strategic and commercial choices which can obviously have a significant impact on the final products if any process is more efficient, even if it is difficult to extract the individual's share of the benefit of a map graphic.
AMD has developed two small chips in 14nm: Polaris Polaris 10 and 11 with the strategy to attract maximum players through aggressive pricing on the segments middle and low end. The first graphics card to enjoy the Radeon RX 480 is built around Polaris and launched 10 to 260 € in 8GB and € 220-230 in 4GB version. In terms of performance it is the Radeon R9 390 or yet the GeForce GTX 970 that are described and as is often the case only a reference board is currently proposed. Is it compelling? That's what we'll check on this issue by not failing to look at commercial samples of Sapphire and XFX.