AMD Radeon RX 480 Polaris GPU Caught Running Doom At 1440p

Time and again we've talked about there not being any mulligans on the Internet—once you put something on social media, it's there to stay even if you delete your post. An AMD executive is finding this out after a deleted Twitter posted continues to make the rounds. More specifically, it's the picture he posted of an unannounced Radeon RX 480 running Doom at 1440p that's gaining traction.

The post is no longer on Twitter, but the accompanying picture lives on. It was taken at a "Polaris Tech Day" event in Macau in which select members of the press got a sneak peek at Polaris, AMD's next generation GPU architecture built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. The hope is that Polaris will bring parity to NVIDIA's Pascal architecture.

AMD Radeon RX 480

That will be no easy feat, Pascal is kicking all kinds of tail right now in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070, both of which are faster than a Titan X and cost less. But lest we forget about AMD's presence in the graphics sector, the aforementioned picture hints that Polaris packs a punch.

First things first—the monitor in the picture is a Lenovo Y27F. That's a Full HD 1080p monitor with FreeSync support and the ability to run at a 144Hz refresh rate. If that's the case, how can the demo run at 1440p? It's most likely using AMD's Virtual Super Resolution feature, which allows games to render at higher resolutions than a monitor supports.

AMD usually prices its X80 cards in the $250 to $300. By showing off the Radeon RX 480, there's a good chance AMD will initially target the middle tier with Polaris, not the high end. And if the Radeon RX 480 is able to maintain 60 frames per second at 1440p in Doom, you can expect the performance of its next mid-range part to be on par with its current Radeon R9 390 or a Radeon R9 Nano. That's not a bad scenario, either for AMD or gamers.