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Tested: AMD's new driver fixes the Radeon RX 480's power draw and boosts performance

Brad Chacos | July 11, 2016
AMD nailed it.

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Brad Chacos

Six pins of controversy.

Both the default and the new Compatibility mode reduce the power draw through the motherboard’s PCI-E slot by massive amounts, the two sites’ testing shows. The default configuration still slightly exceeds PCI-E specs, PC Perspective reports, but not enough to worry about anymore. (Again, I strongly recommend reading the results of PC Perspective's exhaustive power testing.)

All in all, AMD nailed it. Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 alleviates the Radeon RX 480’s excessive PCI-E power draw while offering performance similar or exceeding the launch day drivers. That’s excellent. And while AMD’s decision to ship the RX 480 in its original spec-exceeding power configuration was questionable at best, the company deserves props for responding to user fears and pushing this driver out lickity-split.

The Radeon RX 480 is the best $200 graphics card ever released, and Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 makes it even more so. You have no reason to fear potential system instability using AMD’s card anymore—and every reason to go download the new driver right now.

 

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