AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB run games
4 Jul 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB 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.

How well will the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 801 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB graphics card is returning a reasonable performance on Doom Eternal at 1080p of 53 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Valorant which we saw got strong frame rates of 550 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular TrackMania Nations Remake, which was getting 309 FPS under tests.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Doom Eternal where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 107 FPS, Medium: 84 FPS, High: 57 FPS and Ultra: 40 FPS. We added Valorant to our tests and saw it was strong with a 419 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested TrackMania Nations Remake which got 236 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p gaming on the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB 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 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? 2-3 years of top end gaming before an upgrade

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB as this is better than 861 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 24% better performance as well. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which meets 946 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 31% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
76 FPS
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB was released on 29 Jul 2016

Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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
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
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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.

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Radeon RX 480 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 37% 27%
Hyper Scape 58% 13%
Call of Duty Warzone 50% 7%
Valorant 97% 91%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 25% 7%
Death Stranding 44% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 13% 42%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 27%
Doom Eternal 6% 6%
TrackMania Nations Remake 90% 85%
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