AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB run games
AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

What FPS performance can the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB get on latest AAA 2022 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 447 games in todays list.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB shows us that Dying Light 2 is predicted to get a playable result of 30 FPS, and then we are seeing Grand Theft Auto VI predicted to return a weak 22 FPS while another game on our list is the Battlefield 2042 which is getting 13 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB by researching Grand Theft Auto VI leading us to predict a weak performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 43FPS, M: 34FPS, H: 23FPS, U: 16FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Battlefield 2042 and that was weak. This graphics card delivered 10 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Dying Light 2 which is predicted to get weak results with a 23FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB is going to struggle to keep a solid FPS, but a modern game could have a few options tweaked to get it playable at this res but on low graphics settings.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB in your PC? This Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 61% better and can meet 972 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 53% better and can run 961 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
70 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB was released on 01 Jun 2016
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
182 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
81 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
120 Watts
450 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
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Radeon RX 480 MSI 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

The reference Radeon RX 480 4GB by MSI 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 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 6-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.

Source [ LifeFace ]