AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB

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

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB GPU could struggle if it was to try and run the most demanding games available today, but it meets a lot of game system requirements found in today’s games.

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

What FPS performance can the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB get on latest AAA 2022 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. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 602 games in todays list.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Star Citizen and predict it will deliver reasonable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 148 FPS, Medium: 116 FPS, High: 78 FPS and Ultra: 56 FPS. We proceeded to look at Resident Evil 8 to see how that compared and saw that it returned a weak 24 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 X 8GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have researched Star Citizen and predict it will be playable. The frame rates predicted for the game presets were - Low: 113 FPS, Medium: 89 FPS, High: 60 FPS and Ultra: 43 FPS. We added Resident Evil 8 to our tests and saw it was weak with a 18 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested FIFA 22 which got 74 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB PC gaming is a good choice for running modern games at Ultra in this larger screen resolution.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB in your PC? Upgrade time for this GPU is currently placed at 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 55% better and can meet 972 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, as it can run 961 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 47% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
73 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB was released on 15 Aug 2016
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
188 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
42 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
1303 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
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Radeon RX 480 MSI Gaming X 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon RX 480 Gaming X 8GB by MSI is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. The bigger brother of the gaming card, this card has an even more 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 1303MHz, 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 X 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 ]