Where's My Damn Radeon R9 295X2 Successor, AMD?!
Throughout all of my testing, all I kept thinking to myself was "where the hell is the successor to the Radeon R9 295X2" - you know, the dual-GPU based on the Radeon R9 290X that is still a beast today.
AMD's new Radeon RX 480 has a TDP of 150W, so taking into consideration a longer PCB and a more elaborate cooling system coupled with 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, AMD could release a Radeon RX 490 (or whatever they want to call it) - maybe a Radeon RX 495X2, without going over 300W.
The reason I want to see it is that the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire are an amazing value for money option when you consider the 4GB versions are $199 each and can currently, possibly not when you read this article weeks or months from now, be flashed to the 8GB versions.
For under $400, you're getting performance at 1440p and 4K that either keeps up or rivals NVIDIA's latest and greatest GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, which costs upwards of $699. When you consider the $699 cost of the GTX 1080 FE, the allure of the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire becomes amplified. For $400, you're getting some of the best bang for buck GPUs, period. But I will note: this is when you consider the $199 price of the 4GB variant of the Radeon RX 480, but even with the $239 price on the 8GB version, it's still under $480 - a $219 savings on the GTX 1080 Founders Edition at $699.
Well there you have it - AMD's Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire kick some major ass, with some stellar results at 1440p and especially 4K. If you're gaming on a 2560x1440 display and need 120/144Hz, and can't quite afford the $699 for the GeForce GTX 1080, the $400-$480 for the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire is a great alternative.
As always, I still highly recommend a single-GPU solution for all gamers - no matter the resolution. If you asked me right now what I recommend for 1440p and 4K gaming (with 60FPS being the target average FPS), then I would recommend NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070, which is an amazing card performance/dollar wise.
For 1080p 60FPS gaming, AMD's new Radeon RX 480 on its own is an incredible buy at $199/$239. For 1440p and beyond, you can grab a single Radeon RX 480, but you'll need to turn some details down to maintain 60FPS. 4K and beyond, you're going to want two of them - which really pack quite the punch for $400-$480.
Wrapping things up, AMD has impressed me with the results here with the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire - with some of the best performance at $400-$480, and some damn good CrossFire scaling at 1440p and 4K. It is definitely going to give NVIDIA a run for their money when AIB partners start pumping out custom Radeon RX 480s, which will offer increased performance, especially at 1440p and 4K - and then in CrossFire? Color me excited... in red.
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