AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB

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

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB 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 Sapphire 8GB get on latest AAA 2023 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. This graphics hardware can run 446 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB can run Star Citizen at 1080p and predict it will return reasonable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 135 FPS, Medium: 106 FPS, High: 71 FPS and Ultra: 51 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that FIFA 22 returns a strong 96 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB will run the upcoming game Star Citizen to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 103 FPS, Medium: 81 FPS, High: 54 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. Another game tested was FIFA 22, L: 192FPS, M: 152FPS, H: 102FPS, U: 73FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Battlefield 2042, which returned L: 29FPS, M: 23FPS, H: 15FPS, U: 11FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB, this is a good choice of hardware for increased screen resolution gaming. We can see this graphics card is capable of delivering reliable frame rates at Ultra and certainly High graphics settings at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB in your PC? This Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 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 Sapphire 8GB? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB was released on 29 Jun 2016
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 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)
7680 x 4320
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
Best Resolution
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Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

The reference Radeon RX 480 8GB by Sapphire 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.

Source [ LifeFace ]