AMD Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB

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

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

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

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2023. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 465.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a reasonable frame rate from Star Citizen with 52 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Forza Horizon 5 which returns a reasonable 45 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Far Cry 6 which we saw getting a playable 26 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Star Citizen to predict how the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB would deal with it. Our research revealed a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 104 FPS, Medium: 82 FPS, High: 55 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. Next we looked at Forza Horizon 5 which was playable with a 34 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Far Cry 6 that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 20. 1440p gaming on the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB 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 MSI Armor OC 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 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 Armor OC 8GB.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB 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
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 Armor OC 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

The Radeon RX 480 Armor OC 8GB by MSI is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is the overclocked version of their mid range Armor series. It has An extra HDMI and DVI ports at the cost of a display port 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 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 and this card is much the same. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

Source [ LifeFace ]