The recently held Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has become a great stage to unveil not only new gaming content but also next-gen hardware. This includes the two upcoming AMD Polaris graphics processing units (GPUs), namely the Radeon RX 470 and the Radeon RX 460.
AMD CEO Lisa Su hosted a pre-launch showcase that laid out the plans of the company for the foreseeable future. But arguably, the crowning moment of the event was the unveiling of the two graphics cards designed to improve PC gaming experience for players at a more reasonable price.
The RX 470 focuses on better graphics with minimal power consumption while the RX 460 is more specifically designed for electronic sports players. Nevertheless, both cards will only cost consumers roughly around $100300.
With these cards, the semiconductor company is hoping to give PC and laptop users the convenience of playing their favorite video games without compromising full content capabilities. Not only that, the company also aims to make it affordable so that more players can take advantage of it, even with the added features of virtual reality (VR). This is something that Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD pointed out during their E3 2016 presentation.
“Hundreds of millions of gamers have been relegated to using outdated technology. Notebook gamers are often forced to compromise,” he shared. “Tens of millions more can only read about incredible PC VR experiences that they can’t enjoy for themselves. That all changes with the Radeon RX Series, placing compelling and advanced high-end gaming and VR technologies within reach of everyone.”
The RX 470 and RX 460 joins the earlier announced RX 480, which was designed for flawless AAA gaming at 1440p resolution. The 4 GB version of the GPU costs $199 while its 8 GB counterpart will be at $299. This will make it the cheapest chip for superb VR PC experiences. A performance test for the RX 480, conducted by Video Cardz, reveals that the new video card is 1 percent higher in 3DMark Fire Strike benchmarks compared to its direct competitor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU.