AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB run games
AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p.

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

Here is a performance review on how capable the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB is at running the more popular games of 2021. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 742 games in the list.

A Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB card at 1080p is seeing a strong frame rate when running FIFA 22 on Ultra - 102 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Dying Light 2 which is 34 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Back 4 Blood performs on this hardware, which gets a reasonable 47 FPS.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB ran FIFA 22 to a good performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 204 FPS, Medium: 161 FPS, High: 108 FPS and Ultra: 77 FPS. Another game researched was Dying Light 2 with predictions of L: 67FPS, M: 53FPS, H: 36FPS, U: 26FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Back 4 Blood, which returned L: 95FPS, M: 75FPS, H: 50FPS, U: 36FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB is a good choice for running modern games at Ultra in this larger screen resolution.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB in your PC? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti which is 49% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 975 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, as it can run 965 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 42% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
76 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB was released on 29 Jul 2016
AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Texture Rate
193 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
43 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.0
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
3840 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
1208 MHz
Boost Clock
1342 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 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

The Radeon RX 480 Nitro+ 8GB by Sapphire is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. It is one of the best RX 480s available when core speed is concerned, yet weirdly has a lower max screen resoloution than it's competitors. It swaps a Display port for an extra HDMI and DVI slot, has their new Free Flow cooling technology and ofcourse, RGB lights on the card.

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 1208MHz and goes up to 1342MHz, 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
As the 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.

Source [ LifeFace ]