AMD Polaris release date: RX 470, RX 460 unveiled at E3 event; RX 480 arrives June 29


This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is finally over and with it are among the biggest influx of video game related news, with the biggest news being the announcement of the additions to AMD’s new Radeon RX 400 line of video cards the RX 470 and the RX 460.

AMD also posted its announcements of the new graphics processing units (GPUs) on its website, alongside CEO Lisa Su’s E3 2016 unveiling, for those who were not there at the event.

The little siblings of the previously revealed RX 480 the RX 470 and the RX 460 are aimed at lower tiers of performance compared to the already mass consumer-ideal of the flagship video card. The RX 480 is meant to run smooth AAA gaming at 1440p resolutions and to bring virtual reality (VR) capability at an entry level price; meanwhile, the RX 470 is similarly aimed at bringing down higher tiered displays with its capability for 1080p HD resolution.

For the RX 460, the company plans to have it be adopted by the burgeoning eSports crowd, specifically the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) sector. The RX 460 is reportedly designed to provide the most cost efficient performance, which will go well with the MOBA crowd as it favors smoother baseline performance over stunning graphics.

As the cards are still unreleased, the public does not yet have a full idea of the actual capabilities of the GPUs though there are reports that claim better insight based on some released information from AMD. The company already tested the RX 480 earlier this month by pitting two units of the card running with AMD’s Crossfire technology against Nvidia’s new GTX 1080 GPU.

The cards topped the GTX 1080, though the test was a little biased in AMD’s favor. However, OC3D reported a leak of the RX 480’s benchmark results which allegedly corroborates the power of two units as truly comparable to the GTX 1080. The fact that two RX 480 cards cost only a combined $400 against the GTX 1080’s $700 price tag has made people curious of how AMD’s new cards might affect the market.

Though they do not yet have any prices announced, RX 470 and RX 460 are expected to retail for somewhere below the RX 480’s $200 price tag. All of the cards are also believed to go on sale at the same time on June 29.