AMD Screws Up As RX 480 Fails PCI-E Specifications, What Does This Mean For Gamers?
AMD Radeon RX 480 is currently the talk of the town for all the good reasons, until now. Reviewers have noticed the power consumption of the new card is very awkward as it tends to draw more power from the PCI Express slot than its 6 pin power connector. But replicating this issue isn’t easy as being able to check the power consumed only by the slot is a tedious and expensive job. But some reputed reviewers have gone the extra mile and conducted these tests for us.
Golem.de, A German site, said this:
Our measurements show that the reference design easily overloads PCIE slot. To be specific it’s 5.5 amps at 12 volts, 66 watts total. The Radeon RX 480 draws 78-83 watts out of the slot, which is more than power coming from 6-pin connector. Excessive load from PCIe slot is not limited, because it’s within safe reserves. In the worst case scenario the motherboard would switch off. However with our Asus Z170-Deluxe in the test system, the Radeon RX 480 ran smoothly, and also with our MSI Z97 Gaming 3 there were no abnormalities. Nevertheless, the overload can theoretically lead to reboots or even damage, especially with overclocking.
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