In August 2016, AMD released a carbon footprint study that evaluated the flagship Radeon™ RX 480 GPU, compared to the previous generation Radeon™ R9 390 GPU.
The assessment assumed a “typical use” scenario of a gaming PC, according to previous research, and measured the corresponding electricity use.
The associated greenhouse gas emission estimates (also called “GHG” or “carbon” emissions) were independently reviewed and validated by a third party, Pure Strategies.
The study concludes that upgrading a gaming PC from a Radeon™ R9 390 GPU to a Radeon™ RX 480 GPU provides a 40 percent reduction in energy use and carbon emissions from the active gaming mode, and a 32 percent overall GHG reduction for the gaming PC daily usage model.
These energy and emission improvements are derived through a combination of architectural enhancements, intelligent circuit design and enhancements from more advanced manufacturing technology.
Raising the Bar for Energy Efficient Graphics Processorsby Stephen Presant, Radeon.com (August 2016)
Upgrading to the Radeon RX 480 Could Offset 500K Cars (and Other Fun Facts)by Robert Hallock, Radeon.com (August 2016)
Making power pay: how AMD’s Polaris graphics cards could save gamers moneyby Kane Fulton, Techradar.com (August 2016)
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