But how is that good news? Easy, the card was performing great, much better than anything else at $199 and (so far in my testing) as fast as my beefy 8GB XFX R9 390. I had already gotten several aftermarket cooling solutions to see just how much extra performance we could get out of it, seeing that was a pointless journey I sat all of those to the side after getting my card in the mail the next day. I found that my card wasn’t anything special, it only got up to around 1320MHz on the core and temperatures went wild in the process cresting 90c easily. The total system power draw I was seeing while running sat my RX 480 right between the EVGA GTX 960 SSC and the XFX R9 380 OC, which while better in terms of performance per watt, was still a bit higher than expected.
【那么好消息是什么呢？很简单，这张卡性能很棒，比目前任何199刀价位上的卡都要强，和我的8GB XFX R9 390一样快。我原来已经准备好了几个非公散热来测试极限超频性能，但在我拿到真卡测试之后我发现这都是无用功。我的卡没什么特别，只能超到大概1320Mhz，并且温度很容易就飙上90度。整机功耗在EVGA GTX 960 SSC 和XFX R9 380 OC之间，能耗比预计的好点。】
So what do you do when the performance is already really good out of the box and you can’t really get anything out of it by overclocking? You underclock it right? NO. You take the power levels down to the lowest level without losing any performance so that you greatly increase efficiency, but to do so without losing any performance.
In the past this required the use of 3rd party applications like MSI Afterburner to take control of the voltage and power limit of the GPU core, but with the release of the RX 480 AMD has seen fit to toss out Overdrive in favor of their new WattMan software. No, no superhero but it is a super tool for the average Joe. Giving us access to several P-States and allowing us to manual set the voltages at the higher end of the performance target, we could potentially reduce the power draw of the GPU and still have the same effective performance.
Going into Wattman within Radeon Settings, we simply set the Voltage to manual control and adjust the final two P States down slightly.
It doesn’t take much with GPUs to be effective, but you can get experimental and maybe drop your voltages even lower. There have been reports of people lowering the voltages and getting better overclocking results over on reddit.【很快设置就生效了，但你也可以试试更低的电压。在reddit上有人降低电压并且取得了更好的超频成绩。】
Core i7 6800k stock【6800K默频】
32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400MHz【4X8GB 海盗船 复仇者LPX DDR4 2400Mhz】
Asus X99A-II【华硕 X99A-II】
Cooler Master V1200Platinum PSU【酷冷至尊 V1200Platinum】
XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB【XFX RX 480 4GB】
We took the total system power draw from the wall using a Kill-A-Watt after running Unigine Valley for 30 minutes.
But none of this matters if we lose performance, because this entire point of this was to keep our performance but ditch some leakage and over use of power. So how did we come out? Not too bad, see for yourself.
Throughout 3DMark Firestrike and Unigine Valley we saw no negative change in performance, if anything they improved in Firestrike. We were able to maintain the 1266mhz boost clock even with it being undervolted slightly and see varying degrees of improvement. Temperature being reduced by 1c may not look impressive, but you see that the fan is now spinning at 44% instead of 50% reducing noise leves. We also see that the GPU power draw is more in line with what we were expecting based on the 110w GPU Core power Draw claim, coming in at 112.5w versus the stocks 124.2w. Lastly we see a drop in maximum voltage delivered to the card, coming in now at .9875v vs the stock 1.0375v, and that’s the magic that made all of this happen.