So i bought the new RX 480, and i am very happy with the result. I have never bought a graphics card this expensive before. So this will be a new experience for me.
MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB Armor OC or MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB Gaming X
I asked myself the same question when buying this video card. And by doing a lot of research, there is nearly no big difference. In one of my favorite video card benchmarks Unigine Valley, I believe you can get from 0 to 5 fps more with the Gaming X. I paid about 100 USD less for the Armor OC, so for me it was definietly worth it. But i think it really depends on the user. I think a red and black video card does not fit in my computer, and when i just installed the brown Noctua fans, it would be like a rainbow inside. So my conclution is, if you have a motherboard that will match the video card and like RGB lights, go for the Gaming X. If you just like a simple video card, go for the Armor OC.
How much did I pay?
I paid 250 USD for the card. I know it looks like a lot, but if you see it from my perspective, it is not. In my country, you would need to pay an import fee and VAT for the card. So let me do some calculations, today the card costs about 240 USD at Amazon. At import i would need to pay 60 USD VAT and a import fee at about 10 USD. So the total cost of the card would be 310 USD. And that is without shipping, Amazon does not ship for free to my country. So I was really lucky paying only 250 USD included shipping for the card, I think it was the last one in their stock or something and buying the Gaming X was not really an option for me when it was 100 USD more.
But i am interested in knowing how you pay for your hardware at Amazon, do you need to pay for some kind of VAT and how much would the total be if you had to pay 240 USD from Amazon? Let me know which country and what the total would be in the comments.
My old XFX R7 260X vs MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB Armor
What i need to mention at first is the sound! I can finally enjoy gaming without hearing the graphic card fan spinning, the R7 260X made even so much noise on about 50% fan speed. I am not sure what XFX though when they designed this fan. But the RX 480 is so quiet, even when benchmarking. And at idle, the RX 480 does not make a sound. Basically because it turns of the fans at idle. I did not even have to adjust the fan settings, because i think they are perfect from the box. It may vary from system to system, but for me it was good.
So lets talk about fps. I do play games like GTA V, Raise of the tomb raider, Cities: Skylines, Spintires and that kind of games. And going from medium settings at around 30 fps (overclocked), to max settings around 40 to 60 fps in GTA V was a dream for me. It made everything about buying a new graphic card worth it. But i have some scores from Unigine Valley (max settings at DX 11) for you guys to compare the diffrence of the graphic cards:
R7 260X 2GB (not overclocked)
- FPS: 17.5
- Score: 732
- Min FPS: 9.8
- Max FPS:32.3
RX 480 8GB
- FPS: 48.7
- Score: 2040
- Min FPS: 21.3
- Max FPS: 89.8
And as you can see, you do probably now understand why i bought a new RX 480.
Would i still recommend the R7 260X?
It really depends on the user. If you can afford paying 90 USD more for the RX 480, I would defiently go for the RX 480. But if you can survive a noisy fan and playing games at medium settings. It is okay to buy the R7 260X. I do not know if the Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB makes the same noise as my XFX RADEON R7 260X 2GB. If you know, tell me and i will write it in this post.