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    Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    And a black version of the Sapphire Radeon RX 480 NITRO is spotted.
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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    I've decided not to bother with a reference 480 but these look good however 970s are appearing for £200... Decisions Decisions...
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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    At least the Sapphire card appears to have a DVI port. My monitor predates DisplayPort (though has HDMI), so I'd either have to get an HDMI cable or use an adaptor if I went for the reference design.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    hoping these show up soon :-)

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    If they can get the price back to its intended £180 price point, I'll jump. Until then...

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    Quote Originally Posted by flufflogic View Post
    If they can get the price back to its intended £180 price point, I'll jump. Until then...
    Emm,the 4GB version was the one touted at $199,which with VAT comes to nearly £180. OcUK sold 100s of the 4GB model at around £175.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

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    Quote Originally Posted by flufflogic View Post
    If they can get the price back to its intended £180 price point, I'll jump. Until then...
    Emm,the 4GB version was the one touted at $199,which with VAT comes to nearly £180. OcUK sold 100s of the 4GB model at around £175.
    They're up to £189 today, but the coolers are a bit naff looking at the reviews, so I'll be waiting for the non reference models before jumping in.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    The DVI on the Sapphire card makes this more appealing to me with my monitor being an older Asus 1080p (no HDMI), hoping that the MSI Gaming card will have DVI also as I do prefer the MSI cards and the Twin Frozr cooling.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    AiB partner designed cards sure look nice, much better than the reference cards. I'm waiting for the release dates and the reviews before making any decisions.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral View Post
    The DVI on the Sapphire card makes this more appealing to me with my monitor being an older Asus 1080p (no HDMI), hoping that the MSI Gaming card will have DVI also as I do prefer the MSI cards and the Twin Frozr cooling.
    But on the other hand, since reference designs are always blowers, not having DVI enables the exhaust to be essentially a full slot. Both HDMI and DP to DVI leads and adapters are very cheap on ebay though.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I've decided not to bother with a reference 480 but these look good however 970s are appearing for £200... Decisions Decisions...
    I would get a custom 480 tbh, much better DX12 performance so should be more future proof.
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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I've decided not to bother with a reference 480 but these look good however 970s are appearing for £200... Decisions Decisions...
    I would get a custom 480 tbh, much better DX12 performance so should be more future proof.
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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    I've decided not to bother with a reference 480 but these look good however 970s are appearing for £200... Decisions Decisions...
    I would get a custom 480 tbh, much better DX12 performance so should be more future proof.
    Yes - probably. Just more waiting. I've had just under £250 burning a hole in my pocket for 6 months waiting for this card (was going to get a 380x). Really thought AMD would do a better job with the stock cooler. Never mind... just two more weeks with my aging 580 GTX...
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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    They all looks good, but I have a penchant for Sapphire cards, especially with the DVI port and the 8-pin power connector, though I doubt I'd realistically be wanting to overclock over as I prefer cool and quiet operation.

    I'm personally hoping to find out whether it's possible to install an old Thermalright Shaman on an RX 480, as this is what I have installed on my Sapphire HD 6950 and it's a monster of a heatsink.

    I've tried to find information on this, but my German is too rusty to understand one article I found on www.pcgameshardware.de which has looked into this, though I think they're suggesting it doesn't fit, which is sad if true.

    Update: I've spent more time with the article here and with the help of Google Translate and a bit of patience, it seems that the Thermalright Shaman "[cannot] be mounted on the RX 480" as "the coldplate of the cooler is a few millimetres higher than the GPU die". Schade.
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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    Quote Originally Posted by anselhelm View Post
    I'm personally hoping to find out whether it's possible to install an old Thermalright Shaman on an RX 480, as this is what I have installed on my Sapphire HD 6950 and it's a monster of a heatsink.

    I've tried to find information on this, but my German is too rusty to understand one article I found on www.pcgameshardware.de which has looked into this, though I think they're suggesting it doesn't fit, which is sad if true.

    Update: I've spent more time with the article here and with the help of Google Translate and a bit of patience, it seems that the Thermalright Shaman "[cannot] be mounted on the RX 480" as "the coldplate of the cooler is a few millimetres higher than the GPU die". Schade.
    It's good you've looked into this - the pictures of the reference board in that article show that the VRM capacitors are fairly close to the GPU. That Shaman is a beast of a cooler, and its heatpipes extend horizontally quite a way before curving around - it's these heatpipes conflicting with the capacitors that's keeping the coldplate from making contact with the GPU die.

    On the other hand, the reference RX 480 board layout is similar (though shorter) to my current card - a HIS HD 6850 on which I use an NZXT G10 adaptor to mount a basic AiO cooler. I like the water cooler's low noise under max load, and the extra OC headroom is a nice side benefit; unfortunately the GPU socket location means the G10's secondary fan hangs off the end of the card so I've had to do a bit of ghetto ducting. From the photos of the reference RX 480 there seems enough clearance to mount the G10, but the adaptor body & fan will protrude even further beyond the end of the card. I wonder if the partner cards will be any different.

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    Re: Asus and MSI tease custom design AMD Radeon RX 480 cards

    Sapphire Technology Club currently teasing a Nitro+ version with 2x HDMI for VR purposes...

    https://www.facebook.com/SapphireTec...type=3&theater

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