When AMD first revealed the Radeon RX 480 during Computex 2016, they announced that it will come with 4GB or 8GB of GDDR5 memory. They also revealed that the 4GB Radeon RX 480 will cost US$199, while the 8GB model will cost US$229.
Yesterday, AMD officially launched the Radeon RX 480, but they increased the price of the 8GB model from US$229 to US$239. That’s a hike of US$10 over the original price, and a US$40 (20%) premium over the 4GB model.
4GB Radeon RX 480 A Better Deal
Of course, the original $229 price of the 8GB Radeon RX 480 was not set in stone, like the $199 price for the 4GB Radeon RX 480. It was an indicative price at that point. However, the higher price will make the 4GB Radeon RX 480 a more enticing proposition than the 8GB model.
After all, our AMD Radeon RX 480 review showed that it was best used for 1080p gaming. If that is what you are using it for, then there is not much need for additional 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Sure, having 8GB of RAM may improve benchmark scores a little, but it won’t be as much as the 20% price premium it demands.
This means the 4GB Radeon RX 480 will offer the best bang for your buck, and is therefore, the best choice for 1080p gaming from AMD. Unfortunately, there seems to be a dearth of 4GB Radeon RX 480 cards in the market. Obviously, we are not the only ones to come to the same conclusion…