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Pros: -Value.$199 with serious performance. You can't find anything to beat it. Unless you can get a GTX970 with the same price, then you maybe close.
-More value. This is 4G version. However, physically it has 8G VRAm in it. AMD blocks the rest 4G via BIOS. I found out this immediately after I received it because they put "4G" sticker paper on top of original package where shows "8G" ... You can flash 8G BIOS via ATIFLASh in a breeze. I have no problem after VRAM unlock. (Disclaimer: I should be the first group of people who received this item. I think AMD may cancel this "benefit" in the later production. Or merchandise will manually remove the "4G" sticker paper and unlock the bios on their own then sell for the 8G price. If you're looking for unlockable products, try your local retailers first. Maybe they still have some early productions left. Do it at your own risk)
-Quite. I know people complain about the design of reference card. I don't think the design is the best for the performance sake. But I only play GTA V/ Witcher 3 kind of games. Not running 3Dmarks all day long. I'm pleasant when I just normally load it.
-Easy overclock. With AMD's new Wattman app you just slide to tune the frequent. Easy and beautiful. I'm running max @ 1350 MHz. I'm working on a mic-ATX build. So the cooling is not optimistic. Maybe I'll try more.
Cons: -No back plate. I don't like to see the PCB directly. Looks cheap.
-Cooling performance. Poor. Needless to say. Wait for the custom cards if you can. With better cooling system, this card has a huge potential.
-Shortage. AMD promised they have abundant supplies. But RX480 is still running out everywhere.
Pros: For $200, You really can't get better performance than this card. I am able to max out most games at 1080P with 60 FPS+. Card idles around 50C and loaded at 80C. I don't think the 8GB version is worth the $50 extra since you won't be able to run 4K with this GPU, And 4GB should be enough for most games at 1080P or even 2K.
Cons: I run dual monitors: Usually you do one HDMI and one DVI with most video cards. Unfortunately this one has no DVI nor included a display port to DVI/HDMI adapter. Display port monitors are still not very common right now and I do not want to throw away my perfect good monitor for one uses display port.
Overall Review: Fortunately I was able to find a display port to HDMI adapter elsewhere for $2 and solved the problem, But I really wish it was included.
Pros: It performs better than the GTX 960
It is very quiet no coil whines
I am not sure to call it a Pro but the highest temp on the card only gets to 77c under full load
Cons: The only con about the card is that GTA V stutters and lags like crazy regardless what graphic settings I use and I have no clue why but I have no issues with Hitman Doom and other games so I dont have an answer about GTA V.
Overall Review: I am currently running 16.7.2 drivers and the power issues and performance is much better than before so great job AMD.
When I learned some of the 4 GB cards were rebranded 8 GB cards I did the research about maybe if I could unlock the additional 4 GB. I did not inspect it to see if it did have 8 GB so I took a leap of faith and was able to flash the BIOS and now I have an 8 GB RX 480 and it runs butter smooth so thank you Powercolor you are awesome. But I will not recommend everyone to do it because you may not get that luck of the draw like I did. So flash the BIOS at your own risk
Pros: gtx 970 performance for 100$ less
nice large framebuffer
Cons: a little loud and hot but it is a reference design
Overall Review: if someone is saying it has power draw issues do not listen to that the issue has been fixed.
Pros: Easily flashed from 4GB to 8GB. Don't have to worry about running out of VRAM for high texture settings, or mods. Card runs quiet at normal operating mode. Undervolted the last two P states to reduce temps, power consumption and increase overclocks.
It's a great deal for $199. Thank you AMD!
Cons: Wish there was a DVI port for older monitors
Cons: Temps are higher than I expected but are still lower than my outgoing gtx 770 which reached 87c.
Overall Review: Amazing value at $200. Upgraded from gtx 770 and saw huge gains. DOOM, Forza 6, CoD Black Ops 3, all 1080p high/ultra with solid 60fps.
Black pcb looks real nice.
Temps max out at 84c in my setup.
Pros: easy install
fast and great for the money
no problems at all with the install or after install!
Cons: None at this time and that is in a 5 year old machine!
Overall Review: would have gotten the 8gbb if it was in stock when i ordered it. Super performer
Pros: Excellent in 1080p, I`m not sure about higher resolution like 1440p or 2k. Worked great in 1080 though, plays Dirt and Witcher at high framerate. Got dirt playing 120-140fps
Cons: fan design seems cheap
Overall Review: great budget gpu.