While we await the launch/availability/reviews of AMD's first Polaris-based products it's good to see a big retailer with some UK prices for RX 480 graphics cards. Amazon UK has a pair of XFX RX 480 Radeon graphics cards for sale – but listed a "temporarily out of stock". They are available to order and will be delivered when available. Please note that these cards are "Dispatched from and sold by Amazon," not third parties.
Amazon has described both XFX RX 480 8GB models as 'Black' editions in the heading but only the more expensive one is actually described thus on the packaging. The XFX RX-480M8BFA6, priced at £212.99, has a default 1288MHz GPU clock, and the XFX RX-480M8BBA6, priced at £222.99, has a 1328MHz GPU clock. That's £10 for the 40MHz faster 'Black Edition', before you do your own OC tinkering with WattMan.
Other key specifications of both versions of the XFX RX 480 are supplied as follows:
- 2304 Stream Processors
- 8GB GDDR5 8Gbps Memory
- 256-Bit Memory Interface
- 3x DisplayPort 1.4 & 1x HDMI 2.0b
- 3.9 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm, 1.2Kg
In both listings it states that the "date first available" will be today. Inside the box XFX supplies the card itself (regular or Black Edition), a 1x 6-pin to 4-pin power cable, and a driver CD.
Overall, as mentioned in the intro, it's good to see some solid prices for the 8GB version of the AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card. We have a good idea of US pricing from AMD and various leaks/spills - but extrapolating pricing across the Atlantic is never an exact science. So despite the collapse in value of the pound following Brexit (today a pound is worth $1.34 but last Thursday it was worth $1.50), we look to be getting a better than 1:1 ratio on pricing including VAT.
Later today there should be many more UK retailers with Polaris graphics cards priced up, and in the coming weeks we can look forward to AiB partner cards helping price competition further. On top of that there is said to be plenty of stock flowing to retailers worldwide.