Radeon_RX_480_MSI_Armor_OC_8GB
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
26 Jan 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

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

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2020 popular games. This short Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. The Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 701 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p and saw it return reasonable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 136 FPS, Medium: 107 FPS, High: 72 FPS and Ultra: 52 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Need For Speed Heat returns a reasonable 52 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB by playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which yielded a playable performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 104FPS, M: 82FPS, H: 55FPS, U: 39FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Need For Speed Heat and that was playable. This graphics card delivered 39 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order which gets weak results with a 24FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a 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? No graphics card upgrade required for around 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB? Are you looking to upgrade a Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, as it can run 879 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 30% increased graphics performance. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 954 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 37% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
High
The Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB release date is unconfirmed

Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Process
14nm
TMUs
144
Texture Rate
186 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
41 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2304
Driver Support
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Release Price
$245.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192 MB
Memory Speed
2000 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
256GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
2
DisplayPort Connection
2
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1291 MHz
Power
Max Power
150 Watts
PSU
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
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Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview 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.


Architecture
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.


GPU
The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1291MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Memory
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.


Performance
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.


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Radeon RX 480 MSI Armor OC 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 45% 3%
Halo: Reach 86% 69%
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 33%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 48% 3%
Doom Eternal 53% 17%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 40% 33%
Grand Theft Auto VI 10% 48%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 64% 40%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 82% 33%
Need For Speed Heat 46% 3%
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