AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB

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

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

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

This PC hardware performance game review for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB graphics card, when running 2023 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 449 games in todays list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB can run Dying Light 2 at 1080p and saw it return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 82 FPS, Medium: 64 FPS, High: 43 FPS and Ultra: 31 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Battlefield 2042 returns a weak 15 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Dying Light 2 where it was weak. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 62 FPS, Medium: 49 FPS, High: 33 FPS and Ultra: 24 FPS. We added Battlefield 2042 to our tests and saw it was weak with a 11 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Star Citizen leading us to predict 39 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB we get the impression that it is not the best resolution for this GPU, but if you adjust some graphics settings, perhaps lowering to medium or low at 1440p then this graphics card might be ok.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB in your PC? This Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 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 MSI Gaming 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 MSI Gaming 8GB.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB was released on 15 Aug 2016
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
184 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)
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
1279 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
GD Official

Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon RX 480 Gaming 8GB by MSI is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. The little brother of the gaming X card, this card has a boosted clock, an added DVI and HDMI slot, a non-stock cooler and, hard to escape in this generation, RGB lights.

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 1279MHz, 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
The Radeon RX 480 Gaming 8GB by MSI 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 ]