AMD launched their Polaris architecture earlier this year with the flagship Radeon RX 480 graphics card, and while it isn't a GTX 1080 competitor, it's a well-priced graphics card from AMD that handles 1080p and 1440p gaming without a problem - with some juice left for some VR gaming, too.
SAPPHIRE has been one of the best board partners of AMD, making great Radeon graphics cards over the past many years - and now we have SAPPHIRE stepping it up with their Nitro gaming series of graphics cards. The flagship Polaris-based Nitro graphics card from SAPPHIRE is the Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 8GB, which is a great-looking card with excellent performance in more ways than one.
With the Nitro+ RX 480 8GB priced at $280 on Amazon, it's $50 more than the 4GB version, which might be fine for 1080p gamers wanting the same performance, but a nice discount on the price. Comparing this to an equivalent GeForce GTX 1060, we have the ASUS GTX 1060 6GB ROG Strix at $309 - offering a little more performance, while coming in at around 10% more expensive. FreeSync vs. G-Sync: For gamers who want to get a cheaper high-end monitor, they can opt for AMD FreeSync-based monitors. FreeSync monitors are sometimes over $100 cheaper than G-Sync based monitors, letting gamers spend that additional $100 onto a graphics card. This means that while the GTX 1060 might be faster, the RX 480 is cheaper overall by a large margin thanks to the reduced cost of gaming monitors rocking FreeSync technology.
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