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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 4GB Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 61%
Watch Dogs Legion 2% 56%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 48%
Genshin Impact 6% 62%
FIFA 21 47% 18%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 65%
eFootball PES 2021 47% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 43%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 132%
Marvel's Avengers 0% 54%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.

The RX 480 has a 140 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. This results in the RX 480 providing 51.5 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 RX 480 has a 140 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX 480 providing 4.4 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 R9 380, 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 4GB and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The RX 480 has 35.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the RX 480 is noticeably better than the R9 380.

The Radeon RX 480 4GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917 and the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493. The RX 480 having 1424 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 380.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 380. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 380.

The Radeon RX 480 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380. The R9 380 requires 70 Watts more than the RX 480 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 480.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1120 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTGCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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8.4
2560x1440
7.6
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6.2
3840x2160
5.7
green tick vs
4.6

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224GB/secvs188.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs72%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs112
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 4GB 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 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 4GB is, on average, as fast as GeForce GTX 970.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.


Cooling Solution
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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