We know that the AMD Polaris 10 GPU performs really well at affordable price range, but the chip has a bigger potential that can be tapped with faster clock speeds. XFX is determined to prove that point with the Radeon RX 480 GTR Black Graphics Card. Let’s check it out.
Design and Features
An Aggressive killer instinct look? Check. LED Logo of the brand to give out the identity on your gaming rig? Check. A strong Aluminum Backplate to protect the chipset board? Check. The XFX Radeon RX 480 GTR Black features most of the gaming characteristics found on other flagship cards.
So, what about internals that can ensure the longevity and stability of the card? XFX has stuffed the card with enhanced VRM and Memory cooling technologies that can reduce graphics memory temperatures by 20 degrees, while also reducing db noise by an additional 5%. The usual GPU inductor noises and buzzes are eliminated using multiple layers over XFX’s premium quality XL inductors.
As for cooling, XFX increases the thermal efficiency of the card using the new composite heatpipe design, that consists of both liquid and capilary action heatpipes. The unibody based VRM heatsink construction additionally increases the thermal efficiency by another 40%.
A unique feature of the XFX Radeon RX 480 GTR Black is that the dual fans in the card can be easily detached using XFX’s Hard Swap technique. XFX offers different upgrade fan options for higher cooling performance or LED effects. Another great feature is that the fans remain at zero RPM most of the time to ensure a quiet working environment, and spins only when the GPU needs to at heavy loads
The card holds one HDMI 2.0b port, one DL-DVI-D port, and three Display Port 1.4 connections. Keep in mind that the card requires an 8-pin power connection. On the contrary, the ASUS Strix RX 480 OC also requires an 8-pin power connector.