Here at AMD, we know that new GPUs are a big purchase that relatively few can afford to make once a year. In fact, many gamers upgrade their graphics card every 2-4 years, and they want to be certain that their purchase will “last a while.” We heard that loud and clear when we designed the Radeon™ RX 400 Series, which incorporates our Polaris architecture to enable future-proof support for seven emerging PC gaming technologies.¹
Primed for Virtual Reality
VR is already a tour de force in gaming, cinema, education and entertainment. And it’s easy to see why: virtual reality provokes the senses like no monitor ever could. When you’re ready to make the leap into VR, the Radeon™ RX 480 is a Radeon™ VR Ready Premium graphics card, designed to give you a blissfully smooth VR experience on the Oculus Rift™ and HTC Vive™ starting at just $199 US.
Built for DirectX® 12 & Vulkan™
In 2013, AMD introduced the Mantle graphics API to streamline the way CPUs and GPUs communicate to improve framerates, reduce latency, and expose dormant features in modern GPUs. Today, the evolution is complete with DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ offering similar design principles to millions of gamers. The Radeon™ RX 400 Series is infused with premium support for these revolutionary graphics APIs—including unique and powerful capabilities like asynchronous compute—ensuring you’re prepared for the years of games to come.
Ready for High Dynamic Range (HDR)
HDR is a state-of-the-art technology for gamers and cinephiles that care deeply about picture quality. Based on the capabilities of the human eye, HDR dramatically expands the range of colors and contrast ratios that can be shown by compatible displays. HDR-ready games and movies played on an HDR display appear strikingly sharp, colorful, and vivid, with enhanced contrast and sophisticated nuance compared to even the most stunning SDR content. When you’re ready to make the switch, the Radeon™ RX 400 Series offers full support for HDR gaming and movies via HDMI® and DisplayPort™, including capability for the next-next-generation HDR content with 36-bit color!²
Ready for tomorrow’s best gaming monitors
Using just one display cable, it was not previously possible to run a 4K monitor at 120Hz, an ultrawide monitor at 144Hz, a 5K monitor at 60Hz, or 1080p/1440p at a whopping 240Hz. But it is with Radeon™ RX 400 Series GPUs! Most gamers go years between their monitor upgrades, but an emerging generation of incredible gaming displays just may convince many to make the leap. No matter what you decide, the Radeon™ RX 400 Series is ready to support virtually all of them.
Streaming and recording your best moments
Sharing a video of your most incredible aerials, headshots and POTGs is way better than simply bragging about it. We make it easy with the Radeon™ RX 400 Series, which has hardware video accelerators that work with a variety of streaming and recording apps to capture or broadcast your gameplay on the fly. The performance of your CPU and GPU won’t be affected, and as video platforms and services switch to a new encoding format called H.265, the RX 400 Series is ready for that too.
Ready for AMD FreeSync™ technology
Tearing and vsync stuttering is the bane of every PC gamer’s existence, but it’s been largely unavoidable for the past 25 years of PC gaming—until now. With an AMD FreeSync-ready display, PC gamers can get a super smooth 60 FPS+ gaming experience at virtually any framerate.³ No stuttering, no tearing, just gaming. So, when you’re ready to bring home extraordinarily smooth gaming, the Radeon™ RX 400 Series is already compatible.
Ready for AMD XConnect™ technology
Should a PC gamer on the go buy a gaming notebook that’s tough to carry, or a thin notebook that’s tough to game on? AMD XConnect™ unlocks the best of both worlds for portable systems designed for Thunderbolt™ 3 external GPU enclosures. When you’re ready to expand the performance of your notebook with an external GPU, the Radeon™ RX 400 Series is an ideal fit.4, 5