XFX Radeon RX 480 release date, features news: Leaked photo images surface

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XFX is gearing towards the public debut of the new Radeon RX 480 Graphics card. But before it makes its public debut, some photos of what the chip will looks like have already made it to the online world.

Based on the photos found on Quasarzone, the XFX Radeon RX 480 will sport a dual-fan cooler, as well as a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and a factory overclocked graphics processing unit (GPU). There are also four large copper heat pipes which will keep the Polaris 10 GPU cool when in use. A rectangular thermal pad solution, on the other hand, will be keeping the voltage regulator modules (VRMs) from overheating. Furthermore, the XFX-tweaked Radeon RX 480 also boasts of an XFX LED logo but it has yet to be revealed whether it will be in RGB or just beam out a plain white light.

Official specifications of the graphics card are still being kept tightly under wraps and it is assumed that it will stay like that until it is almost time to release it. However, custom graphics add-in-boards (AIBs) have had the reputation of performing significantly faster than their reference counterparts and tech buffs are expecting the same thing for the XFX Radeon RX 480. The overclocked Polaris 10 GPU in itself is an indication that it will have more power than previously released reference cards from AMD.

The only downside with the custom card is that it is bigger than the RX 480. While this may not affect the bigger case set-ups, those who have small ones will have to settle on the reference model which will be tinier.

The XFX Radeon RX 480 will offer a brand-new option to those who are leaning more toward NVIDIA’s GTX 1060, as more often than not, the Pascal GPU trumps the Polaris 10. The upcoming XFX graphics card, on the other hand, is tipped to be the middle ground as it is said to offer best overall performance.