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MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8G Review

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nokite 8 september 2016, 1.656 views

MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8G

It's a great GPU, very quiet, relatively low-power, and fast enough for any game in 1080p and even 1440p. A lot of monitor connectors. Solid build quality. Looks good. What I don't like about it is that it makes an electrical noise called "coil whine", which cannot be stopped.

Pluspunten

  • Solid build quality
  • Completely silent fans
  • Low GPU temperature

Minpunten

  • Coil whine (noise)

Eindoordeel

Score: 4Per criterium
Overklokbaarheid Score: 2
Warmte en geluid Score: 4
Beeldkwaliteit Score: 5
Prestaties Score: 4
Featureset Score: 5
Prijs Score: 2
It's a great GPU, very quiet, relatively low-power, and fast enough for any game in 1080p and even 1440p. A lot of monitor connectors. Solid build quality. Looks good. Has 8GB RAM to avoid bottlenecks in any game. It has a 8-pin power connector.

Noise: What I don't like about it is that it makes an electrical noise called "coil whine", which cannot be stopped. When it's inside the case and under the desk I don't hear it. But in a quiet room I can hear it and it can be annoying (my PC is very quiet, so I can hear any small noise easily). The noise is not very loud (I had the same problem with my nVidia 6800 GT, but that one was louder). The noise comes both from the card and from the PSU (I listened very carefully). It only happens when the card is used heavily in 3D. I didn't have this kind of noise with the same computer + Radeon 6950.

It's a pity because otherwise the card is super silent (no fan noise), and this noise cancels that benefit. I don't recommend it in case you are going to keep the PC close to your head on top of the desk. (but keep in mind that many other cards have the same problem). If your PC is loud because of other fan noise, you will not hear the coil whine. (different cards will have different amount of coil whine though. It also depends on the PSU a bit. Not on the quality of the PSU, but the PSU itself. Mine is very high quality, and still...).

I think MSI should seriously consider fixing this problem. I hear that some other manufacturers are less likely to have coil whine.

Price: I think it was overpriced when I bought it, it cost me around 350 euro. I think a good price would be 280 euro. But actually all new cards are overpriced at the moment. If you want to get the best value for money, get the RX 470 4GB. (8GB is more future-proof of course, but in most cases you will not need more than 4).

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Bad luck with the coil whine. Mine doesn't and is just very quiet :)
I heard some people said the coilwhine could go away after it heats up a few times.

Any luck with that?
No, it hasn't changed for me after quite a bit of gaming. However it's not too loud, you'll only hear it on a very quiet PC. And the thing is that it may change with a different monitor resolution. I'm using a quite small monitor at the moment, and the card may have been tested on HD and higher. In any case I'm still a little disappointed by that and the only reason I didn't return it is because there are many other cards that have also been reported to have coil whine... I guess at some point they will start marketing some cards with "coil whine free", just like we have "Japanese capacitors" nowadays...
I remember "burning" out the coilwhine of my 7970s by overvolting them and rendering furmark for hours on end. But I could be wrong about that, coil whine usually is just a case of bad luck.


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