AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
AMD Radeon R9 290X

AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290X
RX 480 R9 290X Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 290X
Price $ 399.0 $ 399.0 0 (0%)
Year 2016 2013 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 94C
Max Fan Noise dB 56.7dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 640W 140 (28%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98)
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 65.4 FPS 66.3 FPS 0.89999999999999 (1%)
Average 1440p Performance 48.2 FPS 48.5 FPS 0.3 (1%)
Average 4K Performance 29.3 FPS 30.0 FPS 0.7 (2%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 8.3 2.2 (36%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.3 $ 11.3 3 (36%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 13.7 $ 18.3 4.6 (34%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 64/100 12 (16%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to R9 290X 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 480
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
56
63.0
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
36
40.6
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
53
59.5
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
68
75.8
64
71.2
2019 Metro Exodus
30
33.7
28
31.7
2019 World War Z
76
85.0
65
73.0
2018 Just Cause 4
43
48.7
41
45.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
47
52.5
44
49.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
60
67.5
57
63.4
2017 For Honor
81
90.0
76
84.6
2017 Project CARS 2
57
63.7
53
59.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
69
77.2
65
72.6
2016 Dishonored 2
41
46.5
39
43.7
2015 Rocket League
236
262.5
222
246.7
2015 Need For Speed
65
72.7
61
68.4
2015 Project CARS
62
69.7
59
65.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
107
119.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
162
180.0
152
169.2
2009 League of Legends
303
337.5
285
317.3

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
37
46.9
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
25
32.2
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
36
46.2
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
51.0
38
47.9
2019 Metro Exodus
20
26.2
19
24.7
2019 World War Z
49
62.0
42
53.3
2018 Just Cause 4
28
36.0
27
33.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
29
36.7
27
34.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
38
48.7
36
45.8
2017 For Honor
42
52.5
39
49.3
2017 Project CARS 2
36
45.0
33
42.3
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
55
69.7
52
65.6
2016 Dishonored 2
31
39.7
29
37.4
2015 Rocket League
90
112.5
84
105.8
2015 Need For Speed
44
56.2
42
52.9
2015 Project CARS
42
53.3
40
50.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
62
77.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
120
150.0
112
141.0
2009 League of Legends
150
187.5
141
176.3

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
19
28.0
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
12
17.5
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
17
24.5
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
25.1
16
23.6
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.5
10
15.5
2019 World War Z
24
35.7
21
30.7
2018 Just Cause 4
13
18.8
12
17.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
17.6
11
16.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
33.7
22
31.7
2017 For Honor
18
26.2
17
24.7
2017 Project CARS 2
26
37.5
24
35.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
40
58.5
38
55.0
2016 Dishonored 2
22
31.5
20
29.6
2015 Rocket League
36
52.5
34
49.3
2015 Need For Speed
26
37.5
24
35.2
2015 Project CARS
26
37.5
24
35.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
25
36.0
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
94
135.0
88
126.9
2009 League of Legends
52
75.0
49
70.5
RX 480 vs R9 290X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 vs R9 290X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 vs R9 290X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

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.

AMD Radeon R9 290X / i7-3770K

At 1440p, R9 290X can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is worth noting that the R9 290X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. It is important to know that R9 290X 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 290X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 290X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 290X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 480 vs R9 290X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 R9 290X
Board NumberC940, D009-01C671
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.83 inches 275 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W290 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 R9 290X
GPU Clock1120 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1250 MHz 5000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 R9 290X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price229 USD549 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Oct 24th, 2013

Graphics Features

RX 480 R9 290X
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 480 R9 290X
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 2.0
Die Size244 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereHawaii
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)Hawaii XT (215-0852000)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million6,200 million

Memory

RX 480 R9 290X
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s320.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit512 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 R9 290X
Compute Units3644
ROPs3264
Shading Units23042816
TMUs144176

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 R9 290X
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS5,632 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)704.0 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s64.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s176.0 GTexel/s

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