AMD Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB run games
14 Jun 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB graphics card, when running 2021 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 324 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB shows us that Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis is getting a strong result of 364 FPS, and then we are seeing Days Gone returning a reasonable 51 FPS while another game on our list is the Grand Theft Auto VI which is predicted to get 23 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Days Gone to see how the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 103 FPS, Medium: 81 FPS, High: 54 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. Next we looked at Grand Theft Auto VI which we predict will be weak with a 17 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 277. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB we get the impression that it is a very good hardware option at these screen sizes. Ultra is easily achieved across almost all games at 1440p and we would suggest an increase of screen size up to 4K for this graphics card.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB in your PC? This Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB 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 PowerColour 8GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 29% better and can meet 773 of their recommended requirements. 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 903 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB was released on 29 Jun 2016

Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
182 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
41 GPixel/s
Processing Units
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
8192 MB
Memory Speed
2000 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon RX 480 PowerColour 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

The reference Radeon RX 480 8GB by PowerColour 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 Radeon 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 PowerColour 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Battlefield 2042 39% 35%
Forza Horizon 5 76% 18%
Far Cry 6 8% 50%
Battlefield 6 39% 35%
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 4% 68%
Resident Evil 8 32% 35%
Grand Theft Auto VI 8% 46%
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 52% 2%
Elden Ring 47% 9%
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora 63% 4%
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