The AMD RX 480 was announced at Computex a few weeks ago, billed as an affordable graphics card that punched way above its weight in relation to its $199 price tag. AMD is marketing the card as bringing VR to the masses, and indeed it should be a real alternative to the Nvidia’s new 10 series for PC gamers. But what about overclockers, does the card have much room to wiggle in terms of clocks and voltages? According to WCCFTech, the Polaris-based AMD RX 480 has plenty in the tank from an overclocking perspective, capable of 1.5GHz on air cooling with the company even offering an improved overclocking tool that includes voltage adjustment. According to WCCFTech:
“With the Radeon RX 480 and the RX 400 series in general AMD wants every user to be able to extract even more value out of their RX 400 series graphics card. Beyond what they’d normally get straight out of the box. The key to achieve this is to make overclocking more accessible, more convenient and more valuable. This is where AMD’s new overclocking tool will play an instrumental role in supercharging the bang behind every buck.”
“We’ve detailed sometime ago that AMD’s new RX 400 series featured more sophisticated boost function and on-chip and voltage regulation hardware. The new tool takes full advantage of that to make overclocking easier, more straightforward and deliver better results. AMD’s new overclocking tool will include an assortment of features, including voltage control.”
If this true and AMD are indeed allowing users to overclock RX 480 cards with access to voltages, it is a refreshing change from we have seen from GPU vendors in the past. According to reports the RX 480 overclocking tool is a redesign of AMD’s OverDrive utility and will include new features like clock profiles, performance monitoring and more.