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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 8GB 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 8GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.

The RX 480X has a 270 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. This results in the RX 480X providing 50.2 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 270 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 380. This results in the RX 480X providing 48.6 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 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 RX 480X has 4096 MB more video memory than the R9 380, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the R9 380 has superior memory performance.

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 8GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 2560 and the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493. The RX 480X having 1067 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 380 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

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 8GB requires 150 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 40 Watts more than the RX 480X to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 480X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1250 MHzvs980 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTGCN 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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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900 - vs green tick
10
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 Speed1750 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs188.8GB/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 Units2048vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs72%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs112
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs109.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate80 GPixel/svs31.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
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 8GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
N/A.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which has 32 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1250MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

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

Performance
N/A.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 8GB 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.
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