This has been quite an interesting exploration for us in evaluating the overclocked and stock RX 480 reference version versus the stock and overclocked reference GTX 980, and versus the stock and overclocked GTX 1060 Founders Edition. The GTX 1060 did very well performance-wise but still slotted below the reference the GTX 980.
We simply cannot recommend the RX 480 8GB reference version at any overclocked speeds as it appears that AMD has already pushed Polaris right to the edge of stability. And their driver “fix” apparently still apparently has issues unless you allow a compatibility mode to throttle its overclocked performance. It unfortunate as the RX 480 appears to scale well with an overclock. Worst of all, if you turn the fan profile to its maximum, it sounds like an annoying hairdryer on its highest settings.
In contrast, both the GTX 980 and the GTX 1060 are both very good overclockers and they remained stable. Turning the fan to their highest settings do make more noise, but it is more like a “whoosh” of air which is far less intrusive than the whine of the RX 480 at its maximum fan speeds.
We look forward to hopefully getting our own Pascal Titan X and to comparing its progress over the Maxwell Titan X next week. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section below, or on BTR’s Community forum.
Next week, we will have a new evaluation with a brand new card that we are benching right now. The results may surprise you.