A Closer Look at the RX 480

A Closer Look at the PowerColor Red Devil RX 480

The Red Devil RX 480 8GB advertises itself as a premium card ready for both VR and gaming.  Also, HDR ready, DX12 support, 14nm and FreeSync are emphasized on the front of the box.DSCN1718

Here is the other side of the box showing the features as well as the power and system requirements.DSCN1719As illustrated on the box, there are two BIOS switches which can also really be useful if you have a bad flash.  The default left side, Ultra Overclock, is for performance and the right side, Silent Overclock, is for quiet gaming.   DSCN1735

The PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 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 it prevents dust deposits. The Double Blade III is made with three 80mm 2-ball bearing fans to give what PowerColor claims is 4 times more longevity than regular fans.  Looking through the fan blades, you can see a rather massive heatsink.

Turning it over, we see that it is has a solid backplate.DSCN1745

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.  Although PowerColor’s hexagram in a circle has nothing to do with the associated modern occult Pentagram symbol which is always a similarly drawn 5-pointed star inside a circle, it may well refer to the Seal of Solomon which implies that a Devil is bound within the card.DSCN1748

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.  Looking at the card the way it would set in your PC,  the Red Devil logo is upside down.DSCN1743

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.

You can see the heatsink fins from the other side also.DSCN1742

Here is another view.DSCN1752The PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 is a good-looking card.  Let’s check out its performance with its new unlocked BIOS versus the reference RX 480 after we look over our test configuration on the next page.



    • The RX 480 4gb is the same as the 8gb one, just the VRAM changes, there’s also a 3gb 1060, so I’m unsure which one they’re using.

      • We used the Founders Edition of the GTX 1060 (6GB) for this evaluation. I just fixed the typo in the Test bed that mistakenly said 8GB. We are using the Red Devil RX 480 8GB.

  1. I just flashed the unlocked BIOS onto the rx 480, but the max powelimit i can set still is 5%. Any suggestions?

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