AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 8GB run games
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon RX 480 8GB is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

Radeon RX 480 8GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Lets look at the Radeon RX 480 8GB game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2022. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 450 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the Radeon RX 480 8GB is running Battlefield 2042 and delivering weak performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 15 frames per second. Comparing this to FIFA 22 which is getting strong results, where it averages 96 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Far Cry 6, which is running at 25 frames per second.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the Radeon RX 480 8GB at 1440p with Battlefield 2042, which got a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 29 FPS, Medium: 23 FPS, High: 15 FPS and Ultra: 11 FPS. We then checked out FIFA 22 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 192FPS, M: 152FPS, H: 102FPS, U: 73FPS. And another popular game was Far Cry 6 that returned L: 50FPS, M: 40FPS, H: 27FPS, U: 19FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 480 8GB is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 8GB in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 8GB? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon RX 480 8GB then a good choice would be 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti as this is better than 972 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 58% better performance as well. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon RX 480 8GB then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB as this is better than 961 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 50% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 8GB was released on 29 Jun 2016
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
182 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
41 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
Max Power
150 Watts
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
GD Official

Radeon RX 480 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon RX 480 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) 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.

The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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.

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.

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