Following up on this week's Radeon RX 480 launch, there has been some questions raised about the power consumption of the card. This is after some sites whom directly tap the power rails feeding the card discovered that at least some of their samples were pulling more than the standard-allowed 75W over the PCIe slot and/or 6-pin PCIe external power connector.

To that end, it would appear that AMD's staff is working weekend duty, and they have just sent over the following statement.

As you know, we continuously tune our GPUs in order to maximize their performance within their given power envelopes and the speed of the memory interface, which in this case is an unprecedented 8Gbps for GDDR5. Recently, we identified select scenarios where the tuning of some RX 480 boards was not optimal. Fortunately, we can adjust the GPU's tuning via software in order to resolve this issue. We are already testing a driver that implements a fix, and we will provide an update to the community on our progress on Tuesday (July 5, 2016).

If some of the data is to be believed, these cards are exceeding 150W total at times, which would mean there is either something causing them to run in the wrong power state, or they are just outright exeeding their power limit and need to be throttled back. As we don't do per-rail testing I don't have anything meaningful to add at this second, but it will be very interesting to see how AMD responds next week.

Update 07/06: AMD has since released their status update, which you can find here.

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  • Tegeril - Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - link

    You're responding to Wreckage, the most Nvidia fanboy troll to ever grace the forums. It's not worth the effort.
  • medi03 - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

  • Yojimbo - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    I haven't noticed Anandtech being biased towards AMD.
  • Wreckage - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    The website was sponsored by AMD for a long time. The forums are 100% AMD biased. Ryan.....does a good job of reviews and I would not call him biased.
  • D. Lister - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    The red cult is EVERYwhere, and inescapable :). Unfortunately over the years, their fanaticism has damaged AMD's brand more than a hundred such technical snafus combined. But then, that's what AMD's us-vs-them marketing has sown.
  • ACE76 - Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - link

    This comment is very true...some of the nonsense I read in forums with users talking about Intel backdoors in CPUs, etc are just nonsense....the fanboyism gets out of hand...whatever happened to buying whatever is best for your money?
  • Yojimbo - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    The opinions of forum commenters says nothing about the bias of the site. Can you site anything specific where you believe AMD was given preferable treatment or NVIDIA was treated unfairly bad?
  • Wreckage - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    The forum moderators enforce the AMD bias. The site itself was heavily funded in the past by AMD which (combined with the forums) has given many people the impression that Anandtech as a whole is biased. However Anandtech was sold many years ago to the same company that owns Tom's Hardware and I doubt they have any bias of the sort. Why the forums are maintained in such an awful way is beyond me. As I said the reviews are generally pretty good here although it's a shame there are not as many as there used to be.
  • Yojimbo - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    In what way do the forum moderators enforce an AMD bias?
  • Tegeril - Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - link

    By banning him for his Nvidia trolling I wager.

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