AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB run games
AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

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

How well will the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB run 2022 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics 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.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Forza Horizon 5 getting 44 FPS with the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB, FIFA 22 getting 95 FPS and Star Citizen predicted to get 55 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Forza Horizon 5 where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 88 FPS, Medium: 69 FPS, High: 46 FPS and Ultra: 33 FPS. We added FIFA 22 to our tests and saw it was good with a 72 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Star Citizen leading us to predict 42 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB is a good choice for running modern games at Ultra in this larger screen resolution.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 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 OC 4GB? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB is the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, which is 59% more powerful and can run 972 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB which is 51% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 961 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB release date is unconfirmed
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GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
186 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
1291 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
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Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon RX 480 Armour OC 4GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is the slightly over clocked version of their mid range RX 480. Featuring less of the frills but similar potential as it's Gaming X counterpart. This card features an extra DVI and HDMI slot and a non-stock cooler.

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 1291MHz, 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
The Radeon RX 480 Armour X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

Source [ LifeFace ]