AMD Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB run games
14 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the Radeon RX 480 Armor 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.

Lets look at the Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2020. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. The Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 477 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a reasonable frame rate from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with 47 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Grand Theft Auto VI which is predicted to return a weak 23 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Baldurs Gate 3 which we saw getting a reasonable 47 FPS.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have researched Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and predict it will be playable. The frame rates predicted for the game presets were - Low: 95 FPS, Medium: 75 FPS, High: 50 FPS and Ultra: 36 FPS. We added Grand Theft Auto VI to our research and predict it will be weak with a 17 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Baldurs Gate 3 which got 36 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB PC gaming is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB 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 Armor 8GB? 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 29% better and can meet 825 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is 39% more powerful and can run 927 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB release date is unconfirmed

Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB
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
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
1266 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 Armor 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Radeon RX 480 Armor 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is MSIs mid range RX 480 8gb, this being the un-overclocked version it features a non-stock cooler and an extra DVI and HDMI port at the cost of a Display Port.

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 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
Radeon RX 480 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 Armor 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 3%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 39% 5%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 47% 6%
Genshin Impact 71% 4%
eFootball PES 2021 52% 48%
Marvel's Avengers 52% 2%
Watch Dogs Legion 10% 0%
FIFA 21 62% 48%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 55% 49%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 8%
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