The $200 Radeon RX 480 is a wonderful graphics card that launched with a troubling problem: It draws an excessive amount of power through your motherboard s PCI-E slot, as discovered in extensive testing by PC Perspective and Tom s Hardware.
It shouldn t be a problem for most PCs, but systems with cheap or dirty motherboards could theoretically be damaged by the highly over-spec power draw, especially when overclocking.
To AMD s credit, the company immediately owned up to the problem while downplaying its severity and threw engineers at developing a fix over the long holiday weekend.
AMD just released Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.1, which includes the promised fix for the Radeon RX 480 s power consumption.
If you picked up a reference edition of the card, you ll want to download it immediately.
Radeon Crimson 16.7.1 implements a change to how the Radeon RX 480 draws its power, shifting things around so it consumes extra juice via the 6-pin power connection rather than the PCI-E slot in your motherboard.