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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 8GB Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 61%
Watch Dogs Legion 0% 56%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 48%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 8% 43%
Genshin Impact 4% 62%
FIFA 21 48% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 43%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 18%
Ghostrunner 8% 43%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 2% 54%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB 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 over a year more recently than the R9 380, and so the RX 480 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 480 has 4096 MB more video memory than the R9 380, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 480 has 67.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the RX 480 is much better than the R9 380.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB 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 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 480 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380. The R9 380 requires 40 Watts more than the RX 480 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 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 Date29 Jun 2016vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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8.4
2560x1440
7.7
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6.2
3840x2160
5.8
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4.6

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs1475 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/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 Power150 Wattsvs190 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 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 Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

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
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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