Radeon_RX_480_8GB
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB

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5.9
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How well can the Radeon RX 480 8GB run games
14 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon RX 480 8GB is a high performing piece of gaming hardware, still confidently featuring in PC gamer computers. Radeon RX 480 8GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon RX 480 8GB. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2020. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 477.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 8GB can run Genshin Impact at 1080p and saw it return reasonable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 124 FPS, Medium: 98 FPS, High: 66 FPS and Ultra: 47 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Baldurs Gate 3 returns a reasonable 47 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon RX 480 8GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Genshin Impact where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 95 FPS, Medium: 75 FPS, High: 50 FPS and Ultra: 36 FPS. We added Baldurs Gate 3 to our tests and saw it was playable with a 36 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Grand Theft Auto VI leading us to predict 17 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 480 8GB is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

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? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon RX 480 8GB? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, as it can run 825 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 29% increased graphics performance. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which has 39% better performance and can run 927 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
High
The Radeon RX 480 8GB was released on 29 Jun 2016

Radeon RX 480 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 8GB
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Process
14nm
TMUs
144
Texture Rate
182 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
41 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2304
Driver Support
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Release Price
$229.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192 MB
Memory Speed
2000 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
256GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
0
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
Power
Max Power
150 Watts
PSU
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon RX 480 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
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.


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Radeon RX 480 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
12%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 3%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 39% 5%
Genshin Impact 71% 4%
FIFA 21 62% 48%
eFootball PES 2021 52% 48%
Watch Dogs Legion 10% 0%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 6%
Marvel's Avengers 52% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 8%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 55% 49%
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