AMD Radeon RX 470
vs
AMD Radeon RX 480

AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon RX 480
RX 470 RX 480 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 342.0 $ 399.0 57 (17%)
Year 2016 2016 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 77C 2 (3%)
Max Fan Noise 49.4dB 51dB 1.6 (3%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 500W 30 (6%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 55.6 FPS 63.9 FPS 8.3 (15%)
Average 1440p Performance 40.4 FPS 46.8 FPS 6.4 (16%)
Average 4K Performance 23.5 FPS 28.0 FPS 4.5 (19%)
Memory 4 GB 8 GB 4 (100%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.2 $ 6.3 3.1 (97%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.4 $ 8.6 4.2 (95%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.6 $ 14.3 6.7 (88%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 470 AMD Radeon RX 480
Overall Combination Score 69/100 74/100 5 (7%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 470 to RX 480 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
48
54.0
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
31
34.8
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
45
51.0
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
58
65.4
68
75.8
2019 Metro Exodus
26
29.2
30
33.7
2019 World War Z
69
77.0
76
85.0
2019 Gears of War 5
38
42.4
44
49.1
2019 F1 2019
47
53.3
55
61.6
2019 GreedFall
43
48.0
49
55.5
2019 Borderlands 3
30
33.7
35
39.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
62
69.0
75
84.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
23
26.0
29
33.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
48
54.0
51
57.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
43
48.0
48
54.0
2018 Just Cause 4
37
42.1
43
48.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
40
45.4
47
52.5
2018 Strange Brigade
61
68.4
71
79.1
2018 Battlefield V
55
62.0
58
65.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
36
40.0
42
47.0
2017 Destiny 2
78
87.0
81
91.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
52
58.3
60
67.5
2017 For Honor
70
77.8
81
90.0
2017 Project CARS 2
49
55.1
57
63.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
60
66.7
69
77.2
2016 Dishonored 2
36
40.2
41
46.5
2015 Rocket League
204
226.8
236
262.5
2015 Need For Speed
56
62.9
65
72.7
2015 Project CARS
54
60.3
62
69.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
99
110.2
114
127.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
139
155.5
162
180.0
2009 League of Legends
262
291.6
303
337.5

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
32
40.2
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
22
27.6
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
31
39.6
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
35
44.1
40
51.0
2019 Metro Exodus
18
22.7
20
26.2
2019 World War Z
44
56.2
49
62.0
2019 Gears of War 5
24
30.8
28
35.6
2019 F1 2019
30
37.7
34
43.6
2019 GreedFall
27
34.7
32
40.1
2019 Borderlands 3
18
23.7
21
27.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
37
47.0
42
53.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
19
24.0
20
26.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
31
39.0
32
40.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
24
31.0
28
35.0
2018 Fallout 76
36
45.0
50
63.0
2018 Just Cause 4
24
31.1
28
36.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
25
31.8
29
36.7
2018 Strange Brigade
38
47.6
44
55.1
2018 Battlefield V
34
43.0
36
46.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
22
28.0
24
31.0
2017 Destiny 2
59
74.0
62
78.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
33
42.1
38
48.7
2017 For Honor
36
45.4
42
52.5
2017 Project CARS 2
31
38.9
36
45.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
48
60.3
55
69.7
2016 Dishonored 2
27
34.3
31
39.7
2015 Rocket League
77
97.2
90
112.5
2015 Need For Speed
38
48.6
44
56.2
2015 Project CARS
36
46.0
42
53.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
57
71.3
66
82.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
103
129.6
120
150.0
2009 League of Legends
129
162.0
150
187.5

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AMD Radeon RX 470
AMD Radeon RX 480
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
16
24.0
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
10
15.0
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
14
21.0
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
15
21.7
17
25.1
2019 Metro Exodus
10
14.3
11
16.5
2019 World War Z
22
32.3
24
35.7
2019 Gears of War 5
13
19.4
15
22.5
2019 F1 2019
16
24.0
19
27.8
2019 GreedFall
10
14.3
11
16.5
2019 Borderlands 3
8
12.3
10
14.3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
19
28.0
21
30.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
11
17.0
12
18.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
16
23.0
16
24.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
11
17.0
13
19.0
2018 Fallout 76
17
25.0
24
35.0
2018 Just Cause 4
11
16.2
13
18.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
10
15.2
12
17.6
2018 Strange Brigade
18
25.9
21
30.0
2018 Battlefield V
17
25.0
20
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
9
13.0
16
24.0
2017 Destiny 2
25
37.0
27
39.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
20
29.2
23
33.7
2017 For Honor
15
22.7
18
26.2
2017 Project CARS 2
22
32.4
26
37.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
35
50.5
40
58.5
2016 Dishonored 2
19
27.2
22
31.5
2015 Rocket League
31
45.4
36
52.5
2015 Need For Speed
22
32.4
26
37.5
2015 Project CARS
22
32.4
26
37.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
23
33.0
26
38.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
81
116.6
94
135.0
2009 League of Legends
45
64.8
52
75.0
RX 470 vs RX 480 with i7-6700K vs i7-6700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 470 / i7-6700K

For the most part, the RX 470 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. It appears that the RX 470 is a more capable mid-range card that can play AAA titles at 1080p with 60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 470 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With current 4096 MB RAM, the RX 470 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

AMD Radeon RX 480 / i7-6700K

At 1440p, RX 480 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 480 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RX 480 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

RX 470 vs RX 480 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 470 RX 480
Board NumberC940, D000-03, D009-07C940, D009-01
Length9.5 inches 241 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W150 W

Clock Speeds

RX 470 RX 480
Boost Clock1206 MHz1266 MHz
GPU Clock926 MHz1120 MHz
Memory Clock1650 MHz 6600 MHz effective2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 470 RX 480
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Arctic Islands (RX 400)
Launch Price179 USD229 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Jun 29th, 2016

Graphics Features

RX 470 RX 480
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 470 RX 480
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 4.0
Die Size244 mm²244 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereEllesmere
GPU VariantPolaris 10 PRO (215-0876204)Polaris 10 XT (215-0876184)
Process Size14 nm14 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,700 million

Memory

RX 470 RX 480
Bandwidth211.2 GB/s256.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size4096 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 470 RX 480
Compute Units3236
ROPs3232
Shading Units20482304
TMUs128144

Theoretical Performance

RX 470 RX 480
FP16 (half) performance4,940 GFLOPS (1:1)5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance4,940 GFLOPS5,834 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance308.7 GFLOPS (1:16)364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate38.59 GPixel/s40.51 GPixel/s
Texture Rate154.4 GTexel/s182.3 GTexel/s

Discussion and Comments

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murreletrapunzel 8 months ago
I'm looking at the msi gaming X 480 and armor OC 470
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sunnycomma 8 months ago
It's a tough one. The RX 470 is close to the RX 480 performance wise and some games do benefit from high VRAM. For example, I'm playing Forza Motorsport 6: Apex at ultra settings and it really requires 8GB of VRAM for a stutter-free experience on that render setting. I always had problems with Forza Motorsport 6 as it really uses loads of VRAM when playing, my experience has been a lot better since moving to an 8GB graphics card in general.

However, most games will be fine with 4GB VRAM and in those games the RX 480 4GB will be easily outperforming the RX 470 8GB.
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cowsstar 8 months ago
How much better is the Sapphire RX 480 Nitro than the 470 version?
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grabbanked 8 months ago


Well,the board partners only design they custom power delivery and up the clockspeeds a little,you wont see massive gains,only slightly better ,a 470 nitro+ will stilll lose to the worst 480 out there
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adjectivesinver 8 months ago
Hi.i wanted to buy one these 2 card.but im strugle.btw the price is same in my country..
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aridstreak 8 months ago
The difference in performance between a 470 and a 480 of equal memory can be closed by overclocking the 470 by approximately 10%, which is more than doable on an air-cooled solution.

The biggest impacts RAM has on card performance is for handling high-res textures and AA. More available video RAM means your card can handle higher-memory textures, and use better AA options. For any game you can buy today, a 4GB card is more than enough, but once 1440p and 4k resolutions become more prevalant, you're gonna want those extra 4GB.

For your comparison, I would recommend the 470. The 480 is only a better card if both price and RAM are equal, otherwise the biggest thing the 480 gives you is more overclocking room. Personally, I would only consider a 480 if I had a water-cooling solution to implement on it so I could overclock the piss out of it.
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silverbasil 8 months ago
Would it be worth it to get a 480 or higher to crossfire with my 470 or would it just bottleneck the higher end card?
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inbreeding 8 months ago
In most cases it would limit the faster card to the capabilities of the lesser card. However, if you used the RX480 / RX580 as the primary and disabled crossfire on titles that don't support it, you would then have that level of performance.

Really though it is best to get a single faster GPU. Sell your RX470 while the value is still higher than normal, and pick up the fastest card you can afford. (Also buying an RX480 or RX580 is practically impossible for reasonable sums right now)
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addiebecome 8 months ago
Hi was wondering which graphics card would be better, a Asus ROG Strix 8gb Rx 470 or MSI Rx 480 4gb. The prices after rebate both come out to 0.
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lichentwotinos 8 months ago


That's not entirely true. The 4GB RX 480s have slower-clocked memory than the 8GB RX 480s, and as a result tend to have around 5% lower performance. The 4GB RX 480 should still outperform an RX 470 though, so yes, between those cards, the 480 should be better from a performance standpoint.

There are of course other things to keep in mind though, like whether one has a quieter cooler, though if you're just looking for the best performance for the money, that might be less important.
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