A Closer Look at the G1 RX 480

A Closer Look at the Gigabyte RX 480 8GB G1 Gaming

The Gigabyte RX 480 G1 advertises itself as a card ready for HDR and gaming.  DX12 support, 14nm, and FreeSync are also emphasized on the front of the box together with RGB Spectrum, WindForce and OC Edition.dscn1850

Here is the other side of the box showing off the WindForce 2X cooling system along with other important features of the G1.  dscn1846The model name is on the side panel.  dscn1851The G1 comes well-packed and also in anti-static bag.dscn1858The packing is good but there is no bundle, just a quick guide.  The Gigabyte RX 480 G1 Gaming is a good looking and solidly built card using heatpipes coupled with a radiator and twin fan technology called WindForce 2X to cool the GPU.  When the temperature of the GPU is below about 60C, the fans turn off completely.    dscn1859

Turning the G1 over, we see it is has a solid backplate. Interestingly, there are no ventilation holes although their lack did not seem to adversely impact temperatures.dscn1869

The G1’s connectors include 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI connection and a Dual-Link DVI connector.  The reference version of the RX 480 lacks the DVI connector.


The reference version of the RX 480 uses only one 6-pin PCIe connector which got our two samples into trouble with power draw over the PCIe slot and also upset the stability of our PC when we tried to overclock it.  On the other hand, Gigabyte wisely uses an 8-pin power connector for better stability and for better overclocking potential.dscn1873

The Gigabyte RX 480 G1 Gaming edition is a handsome card that appears to be solidly built.  Let’s check out its performance after we look over our test configuration on the next page.