AMD Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB run games
2 May 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 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 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 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. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 425 games in todays list.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a playable frame rate from Mass Effect: Legendary Edition with 32 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Age of Empires IV which is predicted to return a reasonable 48 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Scavengers which we saw getting a reasonable 48 FPS.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB by researching Mass Effect: Legendary Edition leading us to predict a weak performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 63FPS, M: 50FPS, H: 34FPS, U: 24FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Age of Empires IV and that was playable. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 37 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Scavengers which gets playable results with a 37FPS on Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB running at 1440p is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, as it can run 787 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 28% increased graphics performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 37% better and can meet 906 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB was released on 29 Jun 2016

Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
186 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
1290 MHz
Max Power
150 Watts
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-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 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Gigabyte's Radeon RX 480 Gaming G1 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It features a non stock fan, RGB lighting (seemingly popular with this generation of Radeons) and a slightly overclocked core.

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 1290MHz, 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 8-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
Gigabyte's RX 480 G1 Gaming 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 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Resident Evil 8 33% 33%
Grand Theft Auto VI 10% 44%
Battlefield 6 40% 33%
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 46% 33%
Far Cry 6 10% 48%
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition 44% 67%
Star Citizen 10% 10%
Days Gone 21% 3%
Scavengers 46% 2%
Total War: Rome Remastered 96% 33%
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