Recently, when we compared the Radeon R9 380 and the GeForce GTX 960, we concluded that AMD still offers competitive video cards on the mainstream segment. With the launch of the first video card from Polaris architecture, that uses a 14 nm manufacturing process, the brand is even more solid on this segment.
Compared to the GeForce GTX 960 (which is the closest NVIDIA video card in terms of price), the Radeon RX 480 was significantly faster, delivering also performance in all the games we tested. AMD also improved its technology compared to the Radeon R9 380, offering more performance with a smaller TDP, which also means less heat and noise.
Actually, the Radeon RX 480 obtained, in our tests, a performance comparable to the GeForce GTX 970, which is a more expensive video card, thus offering a better cost/benefit ration than the NVIDIA model.
With all this, the Radeon RX 480 is an excellent deal for anyone who is looking for a mainstream video card, capable of running recent games in Full HD and maximum quality with high framerate, or even at 4K.