|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||Radeon RX 480 8GB||GeForce GTX 1070|
|Mass Effect Andromeda||6%||30%|
|Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands||2%||27%|
|Watch Dogs 2||20%||41%|
|Grand Theft Auto VI||13%||16%|
|Take On Mars||69%||77%|
|Resident Evil 7||39%||55%|
|Assassins Creed Empire||20%||41%|
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.
Can I Run It
|Core Speed||1120 MHz||vs||1506 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1266 MHz||vs||1683 MHz|
|Architecture||GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT||Pascal P104-200-A1|
|Release Date||29 Jun 2016||vs||10 Jun 2016|
|GPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Memory||8192 MB||vs||8192 MB|
|Memory Speed||2000 MHz||vs||2002 MHz|
|Memory Bus||256 Bit||vs||256 Bit|
|L2 Cache||2048 KB||vs||2048 KB|
|Delta Color Compression||yes||vs||yes|
|Shader Processing Units||2304||vs||1920|
|Actual Shader Performance||100%||vs||100%|
|Texture Mapping Units||144||vs||120|
|Texture Rate||161.3 GTexel/s||vs||180.7 GTexel/s|
|Render Output Units||32||vs||64|
|Pixel Rate||35.8 GPixel/s||vs||96.4 GPixel/s|
|Max Digital Resolution (WxH)||4096x2160||vs||7680x4320|
|Max Power||150 Watts||vs||150 Watts|
|Recommended PSU||500 Watts & 33 Amps||vs||500 Watts & 33 Amps|
|Recommended Processor||Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz||vs||Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz|
|Recommended RAM||8 GB||vs||16 GB|
|Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution||2560x1440||vs||2560x1600|
|Mini Review||Overview |
Radeon RX 480 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) 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.
The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2000MHz.
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.
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.
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.
GeForce GTX 1070 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal 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.
The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1683MHz, in Turbo Mode.
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.
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.
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 CPU||Intel 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
|Possible GPU Upgrades||-||-|