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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB GeForce GTX 780
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 30%
Hitman 3 37% 69%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 19%
Resident Evil 8 6% 30%
FIFA 21 47% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 49% 83%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 15%
Genshin Impact 6% 30%
The Medium 32% 62%
Far Cry 6 53% 88%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780.

The RX 480 has a 257 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 780, but the GeForce GTX 780 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 480. As a result, the GeForce GTX 780 exhibits a 4.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the RX 480. 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 257 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 780, but the GeForce GTX 780 has 16 more Render Output Units than the RX 480. As a result, the GeForce GTX 780 exhibits a 5.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 480. 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 three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 780, and so the RX 480 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GeForce GTX 780 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 RX 480 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 780, 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 GeForce GTX 780 has 64.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 780 is much better than the RX 480.

Both the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB and the GeForce GTX 780 have 2304 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the RX 480 is 2917 and by the GeForce GTX 780 is 2078. Knowing that the shader performance of the RX 480 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 780. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 780.

The Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780 requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GeForce GTX 780. The GeForce GTX 780 requires 130 Watts more than the RX 480 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 780 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 MHzvs863 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs902 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTKepler GK110-300-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs23 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224GB/secvs288.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs2304
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units144vs192
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs165.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs48
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs41.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The Radeon RX 480 Red Dragon 4GB by Powercolor is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is their non-reference, non-overclocked 4GB version of the RX 480. With a non-stock cooler and an extra DVI port, it's just sweet enough to be worth while

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 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 8-pin connector.

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.
GeForce GTX 780 is a high-end graphics-card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
It's based on the Kepler GK110 Core (same used on Titan) but with 12 SMX activated and therefore offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 863MHz and goes up to 902MHz in Turbo, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz. It consumes up to 250W.
Benchmarks indicate that its performance is up to 30% better than previous GeForce GTX 680 and thus allows even the most demanding games to be playable at the highest settings, at 1080p. With proper overclocking and cooling, it can surpass GeForce GTX Titan.
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