It’s just two days to go until the AMD Radeon RX 480 officially becomes available on the market, but it appears that the technology rumor mill is pretty much up to speed on what to expect from AMD’s new Polaris-based graphics card. One thing that we noted a week or so ago was unconfirmed news that the company would be updating its somewhat dated AMD Overdrive app, a utility that allowed limited GPU tweaking from within the OS. Today it seems that the news has been largely confirmed with a the new tweaking app apparently rebranded as ‘Wattman’.
According to Graphics Card rumor-masters at Videocardz.com, Sapphire briefly posted a webpage showcasing the new RX 480 card which included some features under the heading ‘Game Changing Control’, a title that would appear to indicate how AMD is actually trying to woo consumers who want to actively tweak and push their VGA card. One of the bullet points mentions ‘Wattman’ as being the successor to ‘Overdrive’:
“Radeon Wattman (formerly AMD Overdrive). Push your hardware to the limits. Radeon settings takes customization to a whole new level with per state control over clocks, voltages and temperature.”
It certainly appears that AMD is actively encouraging enthusiasts to tweak and push the new RX 480 cards something they haven’t done in the past. It’s also a move that is in many ways in contrast to the stance from Nvidia for example who are usually much more concerned with limiting the tweaking experience for the most part. In truth though, I have to say that although ‘Wattman’ as name does indicate the ability to adjust voltages, it’s not exactly the catchiest, or most attractive of names.
You can find his the full story here on Videocardz.com.