XFX Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition, 1288 MHz Base Clock, Red LED Hard Swap Fan Lights
XFX Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition has been announced and this card is similar to the double dissipation version that was announced a while back. The GPU features a minor overclock, 1288 MHz as compared to the 1266 MHz reference clock frequency.
Unlike the Patriot Edition, the XFX Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition features dual fans that are illuminated red. These are hard swap fans so you can remove them and replace them. This feature can come in handy if you clean your system regularly or you find that one of the fans has been damaged.
Although XFX is a major player when it comes to GPU, I do not see the appeal of this GPU. You could opt to get the standard hard swap version and go for all Red fans.
It is safe to say that those with the standard version have the Patriot Edition as well as this Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition, it only depends on the fans that you go for. There might be a slight difference in frequency but overall there is little to no difference.
The fans do not run when the GPU is idle and hence can conserve power when needed. There is also a Crimson Edition RX 470 if you are interested in getting that. The Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition requires a single 8-pin connector for power.
You can also see the cool backplate that comes with the GPU which has the XFX mark on it.
If you have not got the XFX RX 480 then this could be something worth looking into but if you already own the hard swap version then there is no use getting this new version. The GPU does have HDMI 2.0 if you are interested in getting into VR on a budget.
Let us know what you think about the Radeon RX 480 Crimson Edition.