A Closer Look at the RX 480

A Closer Look at the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470

Although the reference version doesn’t mention VR, the Red Devil RX 470 advertises itself as a card ready for both VR and gaming.  Also, Vulkan and DX12 support, Liquid VR, 14nm and FreeSync are emphasized on the front of the box.DSCN1619

Here is the other side of the box showing the power and system requirements.  There are two BIOS switches which can really be useful if you have a bad flash.  The default left side is for performance and the right side is for silent gaming.   Unfortunately for us, the left side performance BIOS was completely locked down, and we were forced to benchmark the card at stock RX 470 (1206MHz boost core) settings.  PowerColor sent us an updated BIOS much too late for this review and we will follow up in about a week with both PowerColor clocks (1270MHz boost core) and overclocked performance (TBD) testing.DSCN1625The PowerColor Red Devil RX470 is a good looking and solidly built card with twin fan technology called Double Blade III which has more fan blades for increasing airflow and prevents dust deposits. The Double Blade III is made with dual 80mm 2-ball bearing fans to give what PowerColor claims is 4 times more longevity than regular fansDSCN1632   Turning it over, we see it is has a solid backplate.DSCN1634

Very strangely, the PowerColor Red Devil card carries a hexagram inside a circle – a six-pointed star which is a symbol originating in Egypt and adopted as a symbol of the Jewish faith (“Star of David”; and as Donald Trump pointed out, could also be a “sheriff’s badge”).   PowerColor’s hexagram in a circle has absolutely nothing to do with any Devil symbol or the associated modern occult Pentagram symbol which is always a similarly drawn 5-pointed star inside a circle.

The Red Devil’s RX 470 connectors include 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI connection and a Dual-Link DVI connector.  The reference versions of both the RX 470 and RX 480 lack the DVI connector.

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The reference versions of the RX 470 and the RX 480 use only one 6-pin PCIe connector which got our reference RX 480 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, PowerColor wisely uses an 8-pin power connector plus superior 6+1 multi-phases where each phase supplies 25W instead of 22.5W as in other cards for better stability and for better overclocking potential.DSCN1638

Here is another view.DSCN1643

The specifications and the Red Devil RX 470 look good. Let’s check out its performance after we look over our test configuration on the next page.

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