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AMD Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB run games
12 Jan 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB is a high performing piece of gaming hardware, still confidently featuring in PC gamer computers. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

What FPS performance can the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB get on latest AAA 2020 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. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 650 games in the list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB can run Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1080p and predict it will return playable frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 78 FPS, Medium: 61 FPS, High: 41 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Fortnite: Chapter 2 returns a strong 103 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Microsoft Flight Simulator will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 59 FPS, Medium: 47 FPS, High: 32 FPS and Ultra: 23 FPS. Next we have Fortnite: Chapter 2 running on Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB which gets L: 207FPS, M: 163FPS, H: 110FPS, U: 79FPS. And for performance contrast the popular FIFA 20 gets L: 258FPS, M: 215FPS, H: 158FPS, U: 115FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB we get the impression that it is more than capable at running this screen resolution. 1440p Ultra across almost all modern games is going to be fairly standard with this GPU. We would consider moving this hardware up to 4K screen resolutions for PC gaming today.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB in your PC? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which is 34% more powerful and can run 882 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 955 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 41% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
70 FPS
High
The Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB is released on 01 Jun 2016

Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Process
14nm
TMUs
144
Texture Rate
182 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
41 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2304
Driver Support
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Release Price
$210.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1750 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
Power
Max Power
120 Watts
PSU
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
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Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
The Radeon RX 480 Red Dragon 4GB by Powercolor is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is their non-reference, non-overclocked 4GB version of the RX 480. With a non-stock cooler and an extra DVI port, it's just sweet enough to be worth while


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 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Memory
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.


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


System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 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]
Radeon RX 480 PowerColor Red Dragon 4GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
3%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 38% 37%
Halo: Reach 86% 68%
Red Dead Redemption 2 43% 0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 46% 0%
Doom Eternal 51% 14%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 63% 38%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 37%
FIFA 20 61% 47%
Need For Speed Heat 44% 0%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 53%
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