Looking to upgrade your computer with a graphics card that can handle VR, or you're looking to build a PC on the cheap for gaming at 1080p with a bit of dabbling at 1440p resolutions? That's the crowd AMD is trying to hit with their new Radeon RX 480, and it manages to do so admirably.
But just like games, you'll want to make sure you get the best possible deal. So to help you out, here's a list of some of the cheapest RX 480s in the country.
If you want to know a bit more about how the card performs, we've got the specifications, benchmarks and more over here.
The cheapest reference brands appear to be coming from XFX and HIS, with Sapphire after that. MSI and GIGABYTE are roughly the same price point depending on the retailer, while most ASUS models are priced around $450 or higher.
PC Case Gear are one of the largest retailers in the country, and the Victorian-headquartered outlet kicked off a frenzy last night when they revealed they'd be selling 4GB models of the RX 480 from $319 a few hours before the global embargo lifted.
Stock of the XFX RX 480 4GB model isn't actually available -- it's said sold out ever since the listing went online -- but there is plenty of availability for the other brands.
XFX Radeon RX 480 Core 4GB: $319 (currently sold out) XFX Radeon RX 480 Core 8GB: $379 XFX Radeon RX 480 Black OC 8GB: $399 Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $419 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449
Outside of XFX'x Black OC model, the other brands are all using the RX 480's reference design.
HIS Radeon RX480 8GB: $369 Gigabyte Radeon RX480 8GB: $439 MSI Radeon RX480 8GB: $439 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $469
Another prominent Victorian retailer with a decent reference offering, namely the HIS model at $369. You can opt for the other brands, but you're still paying for a reference design with reference clocks. If you're going to pay above the average, you might as well wait for custom designs to be released down the road.
Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $419 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (not available until July 4) Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449
Worth noting that the RX 480 launch hasn't caused a price drop for stock of the R9 390 or 390X, as far as I can see. The cheapest model of the latter is $500 for a GIGABYTE model, although AMD are still offering free copies of Total War: Warhammer through their rewards program.
Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only) MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only) ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only) Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 (pre-order only)
Umart are one of the bigger retailers, particularly in Queensland, but they don't appear to be jumping on the RX 480 anywhere near as hard as other brands.
Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439
Smaller Victorian retailer here, but they're still offering standard manufacturer prices. Not bad if you live near the store and want to support a local business -- it's not like they're charging any extra markup from other retailers for the same brands.
Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $419 ASUS Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $449 MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB: $479
MWAVE were hugely on board with the GTX 1080 launch, but their prices for the RX 480 at launch are pretty standard.
Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB: $439 Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $479
The Sapphire card is listed a bit oddly; it's written as ATI AMD RX 480, and then you see the Sapphire brand afterwards. Slightly more expensive for the Sapphire model compared to retailers on the east coast, so if you're a local to NetPlus then you might be able to get by once shipping is factored in. (It wouldn't be the cheapest option, but then you're supporting a local store.)
Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB: $479
Just the one offering here, and it's not a good deal. They're still selling 4GB models of the GTX 970 for less (from ASUS, MSI and GIGABYTE), which doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence if you're hoping MSY to provide an AMD bargain. That said, they're selling overclocked models of the GTX 1070 from $730, which is one of the lowest prices from an Australia retailer.
Those are all the prices I've been able to source this morning from Australian retailers for the RX 480. What do you think, particularly given the card's performance? Will you be buying an RX 480, or will you wait for either custom designs or the GTX 1060 launch?