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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB.

The Vega Frontier has a 392 MHz higher core clock speed and 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 480. This results in the Vega Frontier providing 235.6 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 Vega Frontier has a 392 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the RX 480. This results in the Vega Frontier providing 63.7 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 Vega Frontier was released less than a year after the RX 480, 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 Vega Frontier has 8192 MB more video memory than the RX 480, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the RX 480 has superior memory performance.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB and the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB are the same, which means the Vega Frontier and the RX 480 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB has 2304. However, the actual shader performance of the Vega Frontier is 4260 and the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 3092. The Vega Frontier having 1168 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Vega Frontier delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 480.

The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB requires 275 Watts to run and the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the Vega Frontier and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480. The Vega Frontier requires 125 Watts more than the RX 480 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Vega Frontier may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 480.

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

84.1 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

59 FPS

The Witcher III

106.7 FPS

The Witcher III

74.9 FPS

Crysis 3

126.2 FPS

Crysis 3

88.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

88.4 FPS

Just Cause 4

62.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

76.9 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

54 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

78.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

54.9 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

103.5 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

72.7 FPS

Battlefield 1

133.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

93.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

98.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

69 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

83.8 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

58.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

59.7 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

41.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

83.3 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

58.5 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

99.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

69.6 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

99 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

69.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

239.1 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

167.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

61 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

42.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

69.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

48.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

110.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

77.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

134.5 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

94.4 FPS

Battlefield V

133.1 FPS

Battlefield V

93.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

106.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

74.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

61 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

42.9 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

85 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

59.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

31 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

21.8 FPS

The Witcher III

46.9 FPS

The Witcher III

32.9 FPS

Crysis 3

39.5 FPS

Crysis 3

27.7 FPS

Just Cause 4

30.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

21.5 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

34 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

23.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

46.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

32.9 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

31 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

21.8 FPS

Battlefield 1

62.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

43.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

35.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

25.2 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

38.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

27.2 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

19.4 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

39.3 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

27.6 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

34.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

24 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

37.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

26.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

62.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

43.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

29.2 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

20.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

37.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

26.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

46.6 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

32.7 FPS

Battlefield V

61.4 FPS

Battlefield V

43.1 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

57.9 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

40.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

30 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21.1 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

44.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

31.2 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1600 MHzvs1208 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1342 MHz
ArchitectureVega 10 XTGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
OC Potential - vs -
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date05 Jun 2017vs29 Jul 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
9.6
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3840x2160
7.6
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GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs2000 MHz
Memory Bus2048 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-2vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs256GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2304
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs14nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs144
Texture Rate409.6 GTexel/svs174 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate102.4 GPixel/svs38.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs3840x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs2
DisplayPort Connections4vs2
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power275 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB is a Prosumer Graphics Card based on the Fourth (4.0) Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The Vega 10 XT GPU offers support for HBM-2 Memory, DirectX 12.0 and Open GL 4.5. Vega 10 XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is clocked at 1600MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with stacked HBM2 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 2048-bit memory interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 16GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
The Vega 10 GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming. The 16GB HBM2 framebuffer should be enough to prevent it bottlenecking performance in any AAA title at 4K.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 275W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with two available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition 16GB is equal to the GeForce GTX 1080 in terms of gaming performance. However, it is primarily designed as a workstation graphics card and is not great value for money as a gaming GPU.
The Radeon Vega Frontier Edition is available in two versions - air cooled and the more expensive water-cooled. Specs are otherwise identical. System Suggestions
Radeon RX Vega Nova 16GB HBM2 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840 x2160 (4K). We recommend a Very Strong Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
The Radeon RX 480 Nitro+ 8GB by Sapphire is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is one of the best RX 480s available when core speed is concerned, yet weirdly has a lower max screen resoloution than it's competitors. It swaps a Display port for an extra HDMI and DVI slot, has their new Free Flow cooling technology and ofcourse, RGB lights on the card.

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 1208MHz and goes up to 1342MHz, 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 8-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
As the 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.
Recommended CPU-Intel Xeon E5-4640
AMD Opteron 6276
Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3
Intel Xeon E3-1245 v3
Intel Core i7-4790T 4-Core 2.7GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
GeForce GTX 690
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