SAPPHIRE GRAPHICS CARD RADEON RX 470 4 GB DDR5
LiquidVRTM is an AMD initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence” – a state of immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.” Guided by close collaboration with key technology partners in the ecosystem, LiquidVRTM uses AMD’s GPU software and hardware sub-systems to tackle the common issues and pitfalls of achieving presence, such as reducing motion-to-photon latency to less than 10 milliseconds. This is a crucial step in addressing the common discomforts, such as motion sickness, that may occur when you turn your head in a virtual world and it takes even a few milliseconds too long for a new perspective to be shown.
This market is absolutely huge, and for the gamers in this market, they don’t need a new graphics card every 1-2 years. Their upgrade cycle is more like 3-5 years, and AMD has positioned itself perfectly to begin chipping away at this market. If we look at games like Overwatch, CS:GO, DOTA 2, and League of Legends where combined they have over 100 million players, AMD can hit this market, and it can hit it hard.
The reason? These games don’t require crazy high-end enthusiast graphics cards, they just need to pump away at 1080p 60FPS for fluid gaming, and that’s something the new Radeon RX 470 can do easily. If you want to game at 1440p, you could still use the Radeon RX 470, but you’d turn the detail down. I hear you shouting: “But, Anthony! We warned you before; you’re going crazy!” – and again, I’ll reiterate: these games in CS:GO and Overwatch and League of Legends don’t need to have all of their graphical bells and whistles cranked to maximum to have fun.
These games are all about the gameplay, all about the fun and competitive nature – my nephew Corey plays CS:GO and Overwatch religiously, and in CS:GO he will lower the resolution far below his 2560×1440 native resolution “because he’s so used to it”. So many pro players do the same thing, and many of the hardcore (but not pro-CS:GO gamers) do it as well.
Both of these cards are on completely different opposite sides of the spectrum, and to be completely honest, I’m more excited about what AMD will do with its new Radeon RX 470 graphics card, than what NVIDIA will do with a $1200 graphics card that will only sell a few thousand units.
But Anthony, you get to test $1200 graphics cards, don’t be complaining now. And you’d be right – but I’m not complaining, I find it polarizing and real – AMD’s Radeon RX 470 has me excited for many different reasons. First, around 80% of the discrete GPU market sits in the $100 to $300 price range, which is exactly where AMD is targeting all of their new Polaris-based graphics cards – the Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and the upcoming RX 460.