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AMD Announces VR-Ready Budget Graphics Cards

June 16th, 2016 | by Z. Gonzales

Virtual reality is definitely on the rise, especially nowadays when we’re seeing a lot of VR headsets from various manufacturers. However, when you look at which manufacturers are producing the bulk of the VR equipment in the market, you’d notice that these manufacturers are mostly companies that deal with Android.

AMD Radeon RX 480As for the PC platform, most of the gear used in VR are quite expensive or at the very least quite out of reach. AMD is planning to change all that with its new Radeon RX line that’s designed to bring performance to VR equipment even on a budget.

The Radeon RX line will be composed of the RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460. According to AMD, the Radeon RX class will bring console-class performance by using the company’s Polaris architecture that are optimized for the 13nm FinFET process.

Radeon RX 480 2The new Radeon RX chips support the latest DirectX 12 API and Vulkan. Furthermore, the new graphics cards also support H.265 hardware accelerated encoding, allowing for 10-bit 4K video streaming at 60 frames per second.

According to AMD, pricing for the RX line will start at $199 and we’ll likely find these GPUs on light and thin laptops of the future.

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