AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB run games
27 Jul 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB 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.

What FPS performance can the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB get on latest AAA 2021 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 266 games in todays list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB can run Battlefield 2042 at 1080p and predict it will return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 65 FPS, Medium: 50 FPS, High: 44 FPS and Ultra: 35 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Resident Evil 8 returns a weak 22 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 MSI Armor 4GB will run the upcoming game Battlefield 2042 to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 50 FPS, Medium: 38 FPS, High: 34 FPS and Ultra: 27 FPS. Another game tested was Resident Evil 8, L: 43FPS, M: 34FPS, H: 23FPS, U: 16FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Battlefield 6, wih estimates revealing L: 50FPS, M: 38FPS, H: 34FPS, U: 27FPS at 1440p. 1440p Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB PC gaming is going to struggle to keep a solid FPS, but a modern game could have a few options tweaked to get it playable at this res but on low graphics settings.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB? 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 32% better and can meet 760 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 899 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 41% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
70 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB release date is unconfirmed

Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
182 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
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1750 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
1266 MHz
Max Power
120 Watts
450 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

The Radeon RX 480 Armor 4GB by MSI is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is their middle ground piece to go in-between the reference card and their gaming series, with a slightly lower price. Featuring a less extravagant look without RGB colouring it features a non-stock fan and an extra HDMI and DVI slot.

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 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 4GB is, on average, as fast as GeForce GTX 970.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 Armour 4GB by MSI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor 4GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
New World 43% 7%
Resident Evil 8 31% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 49%
Battlefield 2042 38% 37%
Far Cry 6 7% 53%
Forza Horizon 5 44% 17%
FIFA 22 61% 47%
Dying Light 2 7% 43%
Star Citizen 7% 7%
Battlefield 6 38% 37%
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