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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 8GB GeForce GTX 1070
Mass Effect Andromeda 6% 30%
Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands 2% 27%
Grand Theft Auto VI 13% 16%
Outlast 2 62% 72%
Dawn of War 3 37% 53%
Resident Evil 7 39% 55%
NieR: Automata 33% 50%
For Honor 35% 52%
Star Citizen 7% 31%
H1Z1: King of the Kill 68% 76%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 are significantly better than the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB.

The GeForce GTX 1070 has a 386 MHz higher core clock speed but 24 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the RX 480. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 1070 manages to provide 19.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 1070 has a 386 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the RX 480. This results in the GeForce GTX 1070 providing 60.6 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 480 was released less than a year after the GeForce GTX 1070, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB and the GeForce GTX 1070 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce GTX 1070 has 0.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1070 is marginally better than the RX 480.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1070 has 1920. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1070 is 4362. The GeForce GTX 1070 having 1445 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1070 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 480.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 2 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 1070. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 1070.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1070 requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1070. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1120 MHzvs1506 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs1683 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTPascal P104-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Jun 2016vs10 Jun 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs2002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs256.3GB/sec
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Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 100% green tick vs green tick 100%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1920
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs120
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs180.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs96.4 GPixel/s
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GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
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Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
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GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which is a Forth Gen GCN GPU and has 36 SM activated and thus offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 8GB can be almost 10% Faster than GeForce GTX 970 at 4K. However, Radeon R9 390X is still slightly faster, overall.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect its performance to be between Radeonn R9 290 and Radeon R9 290X.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 1070 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-200-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 15 SM activated, offering 1920 Shader Processing Units, 120 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1683MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
The GTX 1070 is a high end performance GPU, capable of gaming at 1080p across all modern 2016 AAA games at high graphics settings and delivering 60+FPS.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1070 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-980X 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Xeon E5-4640
Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Intel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
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