I am looking to upgrade from my rx 480 to something that will push my 144hz monitor to its fullest potential without sacrificing image quality. I do have a freesync monitor so an AMD GPU would be a must.
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Same with what crichardson26 said. AMD lags behind Nvidia in the high end GPU market. the 580 will be really the only upgrade. VEGA still doesn't really match the 1080. If you are at 144hz then just cap the framerate to 144 on an Nvidia card and you should be fine. Otherwise you should just stick with the 480 and overclock it.
Well amd doesnt have a lot in the high end graphics card department. The best you're going to get is a 580 8gb. There is the vega 64 56 and frontier edition but those are soooooooo overpriced its not even funny
I'm in the same boat with an RX 480 and FS display, looking for some more horsepower to fully jump to 1440/Ultra or 4k/med-high.
An RX 580 is an incremental upgrade from an RX 480; essentially the same card just tweaked to its fullest extent. The only real AMD upgrade available is the RX Vega 56 and 64. They're still very overpriced from their initial MSRPs ($399 and $499 USD, respectively), but they are FAR less now than they were even just a month or two ago. Given that those MSRPs were for the stock cooler (blower) designs, we're quickly coming back to a point where Vegas might not be so outrageous. Not there yet, but the trend is very promising.
...as of this comment, the ASUS ROG STRIX RX Vega 56 is $530 USD. The $30 justifies the custom cooler, the other $100 is still markup. Retailers are doing better, but are still trying to sucker people into spending more than they should have to. Personally, I won't seriously consider pulling that trigger until that gap closes to maybe $75-$85 over the initial MSRP. Retailers shave another $50 off, then Vega starts looking like a solid value upgrade from the RX 480.
I'll be eyeing Vega 56 for flash deals seeing if I can get a decent one under 500$. I could definitely go NVidia as their high end cards are closer to msrp but I would much rather support AMD and be utilizing my freesync monitor.
Buy a AMD Radeon RX VEGA 64.