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XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Review


XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Conclusion:

After looking at a reasonable cross section of RX 480 cards from AMD's board partners, you get a feel for each of their strengths and weaknesses and how well their technologies are implemented. XFX has put its money where its mouth is with this card, the XFX RX 480 XXX GTR. First you have to start with the Hard Swap fans, which are available on select RS and GTR series cards from XFX. By using a load-sensing, fully replaceable fan assembly, the end user has the choice of sticking with the black fans as delivered or purchase a pair of Hard Swap fans in their choice of red, white, or blue. As a technology, the Hard Swap fans are pretty interesting, as they can be swapped out while the card is in operation by releasing the quick release locking clips and slipping the fan into place. The only thing I think that could be better would be if XFX offered this tech with RGB lighting for not only the fans, but the XFX logo along the top spine of the card.

From a performance standpoint, the XFX RX 480 XXX GTR performs where its clock speeds dictate when comparing to the other Polaris GPUs I have tested. That puts the performance window right around the R9 390 and in some cases besting the GTX 1060. So what does that equate to in terms of FPS performance? It gets you between 45 and 90 FPS at a resolution of 1920x1080, depending on the game played. Cranking up the resolution to 2560x1440, the FPS levels drop a bit, but essentially you can play all the games in my comparison at up to 2560x1440 and really enjoy the experience. Overclocking helps improve the FPS levels delivered if you spend the time to tune the performance of the card. XFX did its homework and built this card to maintain the core clock speeds set in the card's BIOS so you do not see performance drops as the card heats up and starts pulling a more significant bit of power from the wall. By using the company's True Clock technology — a hardware clock speed optimizer instead of a software optimizer — you get the performance you pay for at all times. XFX's all-digital power supply circuitry with ultra low-noise inductors cooled by the all-new heat pipe equipped cooling solution definitely help drive the performance and stability of this card. Overclocking was not as robust as the other RX 480 cards I have looked at, but this card does hold its own with a better-than-average overclock.

The Hard Swap fans are only part of the cooling equation on the RX 480 XXX GTR. XFX is using an all-new composite liquid and capillary-style heat pipe that improves thermal transfer measurably. I saw this play out in the thermal testing result where this card from XFX bested some pretty stout competition from MSI, Sapphire, and PowerColor. The heat sink package is pretty beefy to start with and just absolutely works. It delivers cooling results anywhere from 7 to 12 degrees Celsius cooler than the competition. Pretty impressive stuff when you get down to it. As an RX 480 card, you do get access to AMD's specific feature set, including CrossFireX technology, FreeSync ,and Eyefinity display tech in a VR ready package. Currently priced at $249, XFX RX 480 XXX GTR offers a good bit of performance for the dollar, is cool and quiet running, looks good, and comes with XFX's own 3+2 year warranty that covers the card for up to 3 years and the fans for up to 5 years. If the RX 480 is your card of choice, make sure you give XFX a fair shake in your comparisons. It's got the right parts to get the job done.



  • Performance
  • Hard Swap fans
  • Cooling performance
  • Visuals
  • 3+2 year warranty



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  1. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR: Specifications & Features
  3. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: Fallout 4, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  5. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: Far Cry Primal, Battlefield 4
  6. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hitman (2016)
  7. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: Tom Clancy's The Division, Unigine Heaven 4.0
  8. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: Ashes of the Singularity, 3DMark
  9. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR Testing: Temperatures & Power Consumption
  10. XFX RX 480 XXX GTR: Conclusion
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