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AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB

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5.8
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How well can the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB is a high performing piece of gaming hardware, still confidently featuring in PC gamer computers. 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 2020 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. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 470.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB can run FIFA 21 at 1080p and saw it return strong frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 344 FPS, Medium: 287 FPS, High: 210 FPS and Ultra: 153 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Watch Dogs Legion returns a reasonable 50 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB by playing FIFA 21 which yielded a strong performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 262FPS, M: 219FPS, H: 160FPS, U: 117FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Watch Dogs Legion and that was playable. This graphics card delivered 38 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Microsoft Flight Simulator which gets playable results with a 34FPS on Ultra 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB 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 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? 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 821 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 39% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 924 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
High
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB is released on 29 Jun 2016

Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 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
$240.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
7680x4320
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
Best Resolution
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
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.


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.


Source [LifeFace]
Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
12%
RAM
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 3%
Watch Dogs Legion 10% 0%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 39% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 8%
Genshin Impact 71% 4%
FIFA 21 62% 48%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 8%
eFootball PES 2021 52% 48%
Ghostrunner 41% 8%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 20% 2%
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