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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 4GB Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 61%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 21% 48%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 12% 65%
Genshin Impact 13% 62%
eFootball PES 2021 56% 18%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 25% 132%
Watch Dogs Legion 16% 56%
FIFA 21 56% 18%
Marvel's Avengers 18% 54%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 23% 43%

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

The RX 480X has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed and 144 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. This results in the RX 480X providing 184.6 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 480X has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Render Output Units than the R9 380. This results in the RX 480X providing 115.8 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 480X was released over a year more recently than the R9 380, and so the RX 480X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 380.

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 480X 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 R9 380 has 188.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480X, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is massively better than the RX 480X.

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 5325 and the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493. The RX 480X having 3832 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 380.

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

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB requires 175 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380. The R9 380 requires 15 Watts more than the RX 480X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 380 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RX 480X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1150 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10GCN 1.2 Antigua PRO
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs4096 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs188.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 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 Units4096vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs72%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs112
Texture Rate294.4 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate147.2 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
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GPU
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Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Second Generation HBM, through a 4096-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Power Consumption
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Performance
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System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. 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
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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