Radeon RX 470 And RX 460 Arrive Promising 1080p 60FPS Gaming For As Little As $99

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 5:00 PM

AMD’s Radeon RX 480 launch might be grabbing all the headlines today, but it’s also accompanied by the first official details on its lower-end Radeon RX 460 and RX 470 graphics cards. Both the RX 460 and RX 470 are available to buy soon, and like their older sibling they offer some fantastic price to performance.

A big song and dance has been made by AMD about the comparatively cheap pricing of its Polaris graphics cards and the RX 470 and RX 460 certainly continue the trend. The base model of the RX 460 retails for as little as $99 for the 2GB variant, while just $20 more will net you a graphics card with 4GB VRAM for $119.

"Gamers and consumers today are being left behind," said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. "Today only the top 16 percent of PC gamers are purchasing GPUs that deliver premium VR and Gaming experiences. Hundreds of millions of gamers have been relegated to using outdated technology. Notebook gamers are often forced to compromise. And tens of millions more can only read about incredible PC VR experiences that they can't enjoy for themselves. That all changes with the Radeon RX Series, placing compelling and advanced high-end gaming and VR technologies within reach of everyone."

  AMD Radeon RX 480 D Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon RX 460
GPU Polaris 10 XT Polaris 10 Pro Polaris 11
Fabrication Process 14nm FinFET  14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET
Peak Compute 5.83 TFLOPs ~5 TFLOPs ~2 TFLOPs
Memory 4/8 GB GDDR5 4/8 GB GDDR5 2/4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Memory Speed 8/7 GHz 7 GHz 7 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 256 GB/s 224 GB/s 112 GB/s
TDP 150W 110W 75W
Price $199 (4 GB) $149 (4 GB) $99 (2 GB)
  $229 (8 GB) $179 (8 GB) $119 (4 GB)

AMD reckon the RX 460 is the perfect eSports graphics card, which is a polite way of saying it's very affordable and most definitely not top end. In terms of brute force performance it's somewhere in the region of a GeForce GTX 960, perhaps a little less, but it'll certainly pack a sizeable punch at online titles in 1080p. Those just looking at playing a bit of Overwatch, Battlefield 4, or DOTA 2 can pick this up for less than $100 and slot it into their existing rig, turning it into a gaming machine.

The Radeon RX 470 meanwhile is quite a jump up, and on paper it looks as if it's not too far off the RX 480. While the 480 is touted as VR capable though, the RX 470 will likely struggle but is perfect for delivering console beating visual quality at 1080p. Be warned that 1440p is probably out of your grasp with this graphics card though.

Both cards are remarkably cheap, but we'll have to see them in action to get a real feel for their performance. One thing is for sure - AMD is going in hard on the low-end of the market. This should force Nvidia's hand so expect to see plenty lesser GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards in the next few months. 

Do you plan on picking any of AMD's new graphics cards up? Has this lived up to what you were hoping for from Polaris? Let us know!

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15:37 Jul-05-2016

Is rx 460 better than gtx 950 ?

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16:48 Jul-05-2016

good question. lemme do some research and i'll get back to you

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17:09 Jul-05-2016

So, since the RX 460 isn't out yet, it has no benchmarks and real world performance to compare the two cards. But from the numbers we have it seems at this point on GD at least, to be 0% difference overall. But there are differences like Memory Speed, Memory Bandwith, L2 Cache, Texture Rate etc
www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=3599&gid2=2455&compare=radeon-rx-460-4gb-vs-geforce-gtx-950-2gb

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17:27 Jul-05-2016

Few other differences - Price ; RX 460 should launch around $100, GTX 950 is currently around $140 - $165. Power consumption ; RX 460 = 75W (Ref. model - barring any AMD catastrophe's), GTX 950 = 90W (Ref. model) - 120W (AIBs)

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17:57 Jul-05-2016

Good points, although there are a handful of 75W editions of the 950 out now, so assuming you get one of these the power draw between the two cards is pretty much a wash. I was actually considering getting a 75W 950 for the rig I'm building, but held off pending the release of the RX 470 (I hope the hype is real!).

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12:17 Jul-06-2016

and the 75W editions of the gtx 950 have the same problem that the RX 480 is having with the PCI-E slot, I question myself, why didn't anybody bother when Nvidia had this problem, the same problem is present on the gtx750ti PCI-E only(NO 6x or 8x pin) from asus.

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13:21 Jul-04-2016

RX 460 is my thing

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14:25 Jul-02-2016

so there's a card that can run modern titles at 720p60 ultra for $99. Well i got my potato hd 6670 for about the same price and playing gta sa mp here xD

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19:38 Jul-06-2016

It's not even that bad, I used to have R7 240 and it could run Far Cry 4 on low 1280x800 with -40 fps.

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20:22 Jul-06-2016

hows? that card is slightly better and i cant run far cry 3 at low wid stable 30fps.
or i think my cpu is a slight bottleneck its usage is mostly 100% xD

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22:24 Jul-06-2016

yes, Visupoints's CPU is making a great difference in this scenario. And I surely think you are underestimating the little rx 460 a bit here. I am pretty sure it will run modern AAA games at 1080p with great fps.

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00:21 Jul-10-2016

Yeah this will definitely be a 1080p card, I am sure no company is going to make a 720p60 GPU when 4K and VR are already in use. It will probably be around GTX950-960 which means high 1080p with around 50fps in most demanding titles.

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01:58 Jul-02-2016

hello guyz i am from india,new here at debate but i just wanna know that should i take rx 460/470 or should i go for gtx 950?? can u please help me out i just want to do gaming ,like withcher3,fallout 4 ,both on very high settings .

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02:55 Jul-02-2016

Yeah mate welcome to the best community ever ju..just be careful when you post your opinions carelessly and trolling too much :) .anyways if you want good performance and a good looking game pick the RX 470, the GTX 950 i think it could be in the range of the RX 460 so yeah but wait for the aftermarket releases for the RX 470 so a month of patience should be enough.

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11:52 Jul-01-2016

Should I upgrade to rx 460 or 470?

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12:00 Jul-01-2016

they could be a good fit for your PC. wait for the benchmarks and decide on your pick. If the 460 offers a significant boost over your GPU you could go for it, otherwise shoot for the 470. It could be a bit bottlenecked in some games though potentially due to your CPU and low resolution.

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20:12 Jul-01-2016

thanks

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13:52 Jun-30-2016

STOP ! don't buy the RX 480 just yet. I fell across this Reddit thread and there's a huge debate happening, and I'm not finished reading the latest posts there but please read it for yourself. Basically the RX 480 has been reviewed by various reviewers both well known in USA and UK and some others and it seems to draw more power from the PCI-e slot than it should - which basically means ...

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13:53 Jun-30-2016

that it could damage or shorten the life of a motherboard.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/4qfwd4/rx480_fails_pcie_specification/

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13:53 Jul-03-2016

Bro the 6 pin power connecter draw too much power like 84 - 164 W saphire + MSI + xfx fixed the problem buy making an 8 pin , so Go for it it's batter than a r9 390.

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16:20 Jun-30-2016

Hmmmm...... seems like changing out the 6 pin for an 8 pin power connector should solve this...... might take a BIOS and driver update to solve it for cards already affected...... and it might explain the poor overclockability so far.

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16:28 Jun-30-2016

Well the only thing they could fix is lowering the clockspeed and voltage to stay within ATX spec. Or maybe make it draw more power over the 6pin, yes this would violate the 75w per 6pin but this is somewhat more acceptable than the motherboard limit.


But Jezus what's up with AMD and violating ATX specs these days, just an 8pin instead of 6pin would have prevented al this

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16:47 Jun-30-2016

A BIOS/driver update could shift the burden more to the 6 pin and limit the draw on PCI-e slot to 75W..... as for why AMD did it like this.... I think they wanted to get it into as many systems as possible, so we ended up with a 6 pin.

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12:38 Jun-30-2016

This is amd, so it wont fit in my motherboard right?

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12:52 Jun-30-2016

It's a simple PCI-E card, it will fit on the exact same slot as you 750 :)

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12:31 Jul-01-2016

Amd gpu runs on intel motherboard?

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12:57 Jul-01-2016

yes dont worry buddy. graphics cards connect through the same interface on motherboards. its the CPUs that need different sockets.

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13:54 Jul-03-2016

YAP

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12:46 Jul-01-2016

Not sure if troll or troll

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15:29 Jul-04-2016

I should get which one, and where to buy it online?

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15:34 Jul-04-2016

your PC is pretty balanced as is. A batter choice would be to gather some more money and upgrade your whole PC a bit later. If you are going to get one of the 2 though the rx 460 is the only choice. But even that could be bottlenecked by the first gen i3, especially at that low resolution.

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20:06 Jul-06-2016

I cant get 470?

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07:29 Jul-07-2016

you can get it, but until you upgrade your CPU there will be NO performance improvements over what you have right now.

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14:58 Jul-07-2016

The problem is that for upgrading cpu i will have to upgrade motherboard too

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08:36 Jul-08-2016

yeah, thats why I suggest keeping your current rig until you have enough cash for a bigger upgrade of mobo/CPU/GPU

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16:21 Jul-08-2016

Ok thanks

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10:19 Jun-30-2016

Where's the RX 490!? :D

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10:22 Jun-30-2016

should hit shelves around november by my estimate will give them july - september to build hype

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10:33 Jun-30-2016

the 490 better be good for getting back market share from green team

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09:51 Jun-30-2016

Should i upgrade or wait?

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09:56 Jun-30-2016

wait for next gen.

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10:19 Jun-30-2016

at the moment, the RX 480 doesn't seem like an upgrade for your GTX 970. but its only been a couple of days. wait a bit for AIBs with custom versions and possible AMD driver updates as well as some more games with proper DX 12 performance that should be coming in the next few months - Mafia 3, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Battlefield 1 etc. and then evaluate whether there is a significant ...

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10:22 Jun-30-2016

improvement with RX 480 or whether the upcoming GTX 1060 is a better deal for the 200 - 300 dollar price point. also, RX 490 might be coming (possibly AMD Vega) which may or may not be close to the 300 price point. personally i'll wait a few months before deciding what to upgrade to

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10:23 Jun-30-2016

the upcoming gtx 1060 is rumored to have 3GB and Cost 250-270$, while the 6GB gimmick will cost 300-320$.

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10:28 Jun-30-2016

@psychoman i meant 'whether GTX 1060 at whatever price point near 300' will be a significantly better deal (with factors such as power draw, temp, perf/watt etc) vs the RX 480. my guess is, raw performance it'll probly be better than RX 480 but may use more power or run hotter making RX the better deal in perf/watt or lower power draw etc.

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09:40 Jun-30-2016

I still think Rx 480 is the sweet spot...

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10:24 Jun-30-2016

personally, the RX 470 seems like an even sweeter spot. only 15% less performance for a whole $50 less

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21:30 Jun-30-2016

And 40W less. That's huge too.

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23:55 Jun-30-2016

At least we won't have problem with 6-pin connector (it can even reache 150W with no problem), meanwhile RX 480 can damage our PCs.

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13:55 Jul-03-2016

sapphire made it with a 8 pin now , the rx 480 is safe.

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08:39 Jun-30-2016

How about the mobile versions?

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07:41 Jun-30-2016

come on why AMD claims such nonsense, as clearly shown in previous news article about RX 480, it's RX 480 which barely provides stable 60fps at 1080p, I see no point in buying anything weaker if price of RX 480 remains reasonable :)

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10:51 Jun-30-2016

So, noone is buying cards below 200 USD? I don't think so :P. Lots and lots of people do. And the Rx 480 can easily hold 60 fps at 1080p ultra in the vast majority of games or tweaked ultra in like 3 games. :)

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10:52 Jun-30-2016

yup 80%+ of the GPU market is made of 200$ and below GPUs.

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12:53 Jun-30-2016

I was speaking in relation to 1080p resolution,
of course there are still more than a few people with 1280x1024, 1366x768 and 1600x900 screens :)

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13:05 Jun-30-2016

well for 768p and 900p even a RX 460 would be a great performer.

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06:36 Jun-30-2016

will it be wise to get a rx460x ......

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08:10 Jun-30-2016

Ya, for your girlfriends computer whos just a casual gamer. I'd get the RX480 to be honest.

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08:12 Jun-30-2016

how about rx 470

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08:21 Jun-30-2016

Should be nice and more powerful than a r9 270x or r9 280 to impress me... so let's wait for benchs and we'll see

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11:14 Jun-30-2016

for 768p the RX 460 will be perfect.

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08:20 Jun-30-2016

how about GTX1060 ? :)

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08:33 Jun-30-2016

If the rumored specs are true.. less RAM, smaller bus, half the shaders, half the TMUs... and the 3GB variant will be $10-$20 more expensive than the 8GB RX 480s... and Nvidia didn't seem to learn it's lesson about Async compute with Pascal

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11:15 Jun-30-2016

Indeed. Nvidia are either too subborn or it was too late to implement ACEs in Pascal.

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21:35 Jun-30-2016

Well, if the rumors are true it'll also use 100W instead of 150W and be more powerful than the RX 480... We'll have to wait for its benchmarks.

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04:33 Jul-01-2016

My guess is, it'll be a decent overclocker, as nvidia cards often are, and perform within the same margin as the 480, the rumors place it in the same tier of performance, not above, but you get a ton less RAM/bandwidth AND no SLI for more $

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08:35 Jul-02-2016

seems to be a 120W TDP for the 1060. 3gb version for $249 and 6gb for $299. so lower power draw than the RX 480 but less VRAM and no SLI. seems to not be an exact competitor for the 480 but a level just above it. Nvidia may release a 1050 in the future to compete with the 480, and AMD may release a 480x or 490 (possibly VEGA architecture) to compete at the $300 price point .... ? let's wait n c

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08:43 Jun-30-2016

Not for you. Maybe you should just buy the 470 or 480, after the complete reviews come out, although GPU prices in India are crazy. Even 470 seems like a weak upgrade, you might just have to upgrade later again, so wait till early 2017, by then all the dust will have settled and you can choose a GPU without much second thought.

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06:00 Jun-30-2016

In India, take the USD valuation and multiply that with 100. So an 8GB RX 480 would be 23000 INR rather than what should just be 15000 INR. RIP Wallet

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06:58 Jun-30-2016

Actually It started at 35000 INR...Might have to sell the wallet also

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04:40 Jun-30-2016

bad news for me,the Rx 480 isn't $229 here
$229=3399.48
However,according to my sources it will cost R6000 here,which is $404.18
Just when I thought I will get a affordable upgrade,dammit

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04:42 Jun-30-2016

it seems like the US is the only place in the world where it launched at the promised price.... I'm fortunate enough to live there... but I hope the price comes down fast in other countries..... wonder what caused it.

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07:39 Jun-30-2016

Yeah it's pretty annoying. GTX 1080 is $1200 AUD here, that's nearly $900 USD.

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04:28 Jun-30-2016

Keep it Team Green...


Because Shadowplay.

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04:39 Jun-30-2016

Only MSI Afterburner offers the same feature.... and it has for atleast 2 years prior to Nvidia offering it... and gives you more control of the settings than shadowplay does.

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04:40 Jun-30-2016

I will say game streaming is kinda nice.... but again not a feature exclusive to Nvidia, since it's showed up on Steam, and will stream to other things than just Nvidia devices.

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04:46 Jun-30-2016

Though if I had a 1070.... or even one of the higher end 900 series cards... I'd probably be keeping it green for a while as well...... Nvidia loves it's high end users, and kindof throws their 128 bit table scraps at everyone else.

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07:42 Jun-30-2016

honestly Shadowplay sucks, the inbuilt hardware encoder generates noticeably uglier recordings than for ex. OBS with modest cpu encoding settings

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10:01 Jun-30-2016

I also really like DXtory with the matrox encoder.

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03:41 Jun-30-2016

What a beauty...

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01:38 Jun-30-2016

Oh God, I must upgrade my PC ... :3

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03:43 Jun-30-2016

In my opinion this is your chance.Price is not bad and it will be a huge upgrade from your current one.Go for it buddy :D

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01:10 Jun-30-2016

is RX 460 better than my GPU? .-.

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01:20 Jun-30-2016

maybe 10% better , not worth the upgrading mate .

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01:22 Jun-30-2016

Probably buy the smallest margins so nothing to even consider as an upgrade.

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00:34 Jun-30-2016

If you can't beat the competition in terms of performance, SLAY them with price/performance ratio! Nice job AMD!

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