AMD Radeon RX 480
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AMD Radeon R9 390X

AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 390X
RX 480 R9 390X Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 390X
Price $ 265 $ 589 324 (122%)
Year 2016 2015 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 94C
Max Fan Noise dB 65dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 625W 125 (25%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 64 FPS 69 FPS 5 (8%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 52 FPS 4 (8%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 32 FPS 1.2 (4%)
Memory 8 GB 8 GB 0 (0%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 56/100 20 (26%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to R9 390X 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. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 480 .

Game Performance at selected quality settings

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 390X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
84
69
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33
34
2018 Final Fantasy XV
57
58
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
56
2018 Just Cause 4
49
48
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
52
2018 Battlefield V
65
71
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
47
49
2017 Destiny 2
91
94
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
67
2017 For Honor
90
89
2017 Project CARS 2
64
63
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
77
2016 Dishonored 2
47
46
2015 Rocket League
263
260
2015 Need For Speed
73
72
2015 Project CARS
70
69
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
179
2009 League of Legends
338
335

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 390X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
53
40
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
27
2018 Final Fantasy XV
40
42
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
35
38
2018 Fallout 76
63
65
2018 Just Cause 4
36
36
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
37
2018 Battlefield V
46
51
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
31
32
2017 Destiny 2
78
80
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
48
2017 For Honor
53
52
2017 Project CARS 2
45
45
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
69
2016 Dishonored 2
40
39
2015 Rocket League
113
112
2015 Need For Speed
56
56
2015 Project CARS
53
53
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
149
2009 League of Legends
188
186

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 390X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
30
30
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
18
19
2018 Final Fantasy XV
24
25
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
19
20
2018 Fallout 76
35
36
2018 Just Cause 4
19
19
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
18
2018 Battlefield V
29
31
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
22
2017 Destiny 2
39
40
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
34
2017 For Honor
26
26
2017 Project CARS 2
38
37
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
58
2016 Dishonored 2
32
31
2015 Rocket League
53
52
2015 Need For Speed
38
37
2015 Project CARS
38
37
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
134
2009 League of Legends
75
74

AMD Radeon RX 480 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

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 390X / Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, R9 390X 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 R9 390X is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. It is worth noting that the R9 390X is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. In terms of memory, the R9 390X 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks. It is important to know that R9 390X 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions.

RX 480 vs R9 390X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 R9 390X
Board NumberC940, D009-01C671, C679
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 W275 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 R9 390X
GPU Clock1120 MHz1050 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1500 MHz 6000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 R9 390X
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Pirate Islands (R9 300)
Launch Price229 USD429 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Jun 18th, 2015

Graphics Features

RX 480 R9 390X
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 480 R9 390X
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 2.0
Die Size244 mm²438 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGrenada
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)Grenada XT (215-0880004)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million6,200 million

Memory

RX 480 R9 390X
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s384.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit512 bit
Memory Size8192 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 R9 390X
Compute Units3644
ROPs3264
Shading Units23042816
TMUs144176

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 R9 390X
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS5,914 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)739.2 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s67.20 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s184.8 GTexel/s

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crumpetenclose 3 weeks ago
RX 480 or R9 390X or GTX 970. Now that the official benchmarks are out RX 480
which one i should get?
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frostinggambler 3 weeks ago
390x will perform the best, but I'd hold off for about a week to allow that market to settle.
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nervousmute 3 weeks ago
Which one should I buy? Thank you

390x is about 120$ more expensive than gtx 1060

Rx 480 is the cheapest one around
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portbillet 3 weeks ago
There are about 5 games in the world that run DX12 and/or Vulkan. There are hundreds, if not thousands of games that run DX11 and older, or Open GL.

Newegg is having a "sales event" right now, and I'm seeing a lot of GTX1060's right around the 0-0 mark. Much better than the 0 GTX1060's I was seeing two weeks ago. The cheapest 390x is still around 0, and the RX480's are right around the 0-260 range as well.

My vote goes to a GTX1060 if you're going to buy one in the next 3-4 days.
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balearicventricle 4 weeks ago
I am struggling to decide between these two cards:

RX480 Nitro OC 8GB or R9 390X Black edition

They are both £250, which one shall I get?

Cheers.
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dillsonore 1 month ago
Hi guys,
I'm planning to put a system together that can handle 4K gaming at a medium+ setting, I just want to know which of these two cards (r9 390x 8gb and rx480 8gb) has a better performance.
Thank you
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halldomino 1 month ago
Playable is a very subjective term. My goal is to have a solid 60 fps with my system. Anything below that feels kind of choppy. That of course is my opinion. And if it can do that now what about the next year or so? Also when you are looking at benchmarks the average is not that important. The minimum and 99th percentile are showing a much more complete picture of how the game is going to run. Meaning that an average of 35 in gta would translate in sth like 15 to 20 minimum (or so). So every time you get in a demanding scene you might get a pretty annoying low spike in your frame rate. And god knows that games like gta and witcher are full with those kind of scenes.

The good thing is that you can always play at 1080p with a 4k monitor without distortion. if you haven't bought the monitor a 1440p might be a better choice for you and also a substantial upgrade quality wise.

The 1060 seems like a more adequate card for you, if after all said and done the rumors are validated. If it delivers 980 or above performance you might get what you want.
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barbonboxy 1 month ago
Both Gpu's are around 210 to buy right now; i know they have near identical performance so i'm really unsure of which to get; i know my psu can handle either one (evga 650gq) any suggestions on which to get and why?
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uncoloredplatform 1 month ago
The R9 390X uses a lot more power yet achieves similar results most of the time. The RX 480, because it uses less power, will also run cooler. It does depend on which model you choose.

The RX 480 8GB is the one you want I think.
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wranglehyndburn 1 month ago
Hello i need to know which is better buy for the future. I have 250 euros.. And i can buy Rx 480 sapphire nitro plus 4gb... Or i can buy Asus Direct cu II r9 390x for 250euros Used with out warranty but it's like new your toughts?
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superscriptwrench 1 month ago


While the R9 390x is a good contender to the RX480 and has even scored higher on some benchmarks, i wouldn't recommend getting a Used one without warranty, if you could get the same one at that price brand new then you should. They are both very good cards and should have no trouble gaming but technically the R9 390x will perform better.
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cookeroxidize 1 month ago
So, this february I bought an FX 8350 and a Gigabyte 970A-DS3P. I wonder what GPU should i take to pair with them and 8GB of RAM.
IMPORTAN: THE R9 390X HAS BETTER PERFORMANCE BUT IS OLDER , SO IT MIGHT HAVE LESS SUPPORT AND DRIVERS IN THE FUTURE. THE RX 480 IS WEAKER IN MOST GAMES (NOT IN ALL) BUT MIGHT HAVE BETTER SUPPORT IN THE FUTURE.
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keroseneengorge 1 month ago


a rx 480 is a good match for your cpu


note: when you use all caps people consider that shouting, so it is rude
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synthesisgem 1 month ago
I'm looking forward to build my new pc!Apparently, I'm stuck between chosing the R9 390X NITRO or the upcoming RX 480 NITRO(both from Sapphire).Can someone please give me an advise which card performs or will perform better for 1080p?

My cuurent build w/o the graphics card:
Intel Core i5-6600K
HyperX Fury 2x8 gb 2666MHz
Asus Z170-A
Be quiet!Straight Power 800W
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sheepmashing 1 month ago
for the performance i will choose r9 390x for sure .
It can outperform the rx480 at any resoultion about
10-15%. RX480’s performance is similar to the gtx970,and the r9 390x is similar to a gtx980.So,if you really need a better performance‘s card,it is absolutely no reason to choose the rx480.
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coffeediscover 1 month ago
Hello!

I've got in my PC an Asus Strix R9 390x that ive over-clocked to reach around 6.3 Tflops.

A while ago Asus announced that they're releasing a Strix version of the RX 480, and it boasts some pretty impressive clock speeds, as well as consuming less power than the 390x.

Would I be able to get more power and performance from over-clocking the 480? Or should I stick to the 390x?
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gongwood 1 month ago
No where near worth it. 390/390x/480 all trade blows depending on game.

480 does consume less true, bur would take some tine to pay that off!

Your only reasonable route is a 1070 (1060 is too close to 390x performance)
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uncheckedseasoned 1 month ago
Hi I need help for upgrading my gpu and im from Malaysia.
My current gpu is R9 270 2GB PowerColor and now the gpu is kinda outdated and cant run latest game 60fps in Full HD.Im planning on buying a gpu but there are 3 gpu in my list and i dont know which one to choose.
3 Gpu that im interested:GIGABYTE GTX1060 3G D5 G1 GAMING (Price:RM1169-8)
:MSI R9 390X 8GD5 GAMING (Price:RM1099-0)-THIS CARD IS IN PROMO
:MSI RX 480 8GB DDR5 GAMING X (Price:RM1431-9)
Any suggestions?
HELP ME
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factorvolvox 1 month ago
Are you planning to play in which resolution?

The 390X can handle 1080p in High settings without problems, may suffer with Ultra settings a bit tho

But i've been reading bad reviews from Mafia 3 and Quantum Break about their optimization. So they're not performing well at even high specs machines.

Aside from both, it will work nicely in 1080p/High
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memberssporty 1 month ago
The 1070 costs just a bit too much for me to justify paying that much. So I'm torn between the RX 480 and R9 390x, which I can get for about the same price. Every benchmarks compares the 480 with the 390, not the 390x, so I'm a bit uncertain about performance. Also, are there any real advantages of going for the newer generation, as in important features and what not ?
Power consumption is not an issue. Thanks
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awokepogo 1 month ago


Yes. And even if they are just on par, it's still worth the wait. It's worth noting that teh 390Xs the 480 is getting comapred to around the net are themselves factory overclocked models.
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mourneinvention 2 months ago
Right now i have the R7 370 4GB edition, I am planning on upgrading but i do not know which card to upgrade to. I have heard really good things about the RX 480 and the R9 390X. I know that the price gap is really small between these two so money is not really a problem as much as quality. I know that the RX 480 comes with an 8GB video buffer and that's also great but i have heard issues with the Rx 480 drawing in more than 90 watts of power through the PCIE (only suppose to go up to 75). So should i wait until they fix this issue or just buy the R9 390X? If you also have another suggestions for a better graphics card (only AMD) I would really appreciate your input.
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monsoonquirk 1 month ago
AMD has fixed the power draw problems with the 480 in drivers. Also, if you get a third-party 480 with an 8-pin power connector, you will have no problem with it at all.

The 390X still has a significant performance lead over the 480 in some titles. However, it is older tech and it uses a lot more power delivering that performance, meaning it gives off more heat.

What games do you play, what resolution, and what detail settings are you hoping to reach?
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blinksinternal 2 months ago
I was thinking about getting a Sapphire RX480 Nitro to pair along with my new 1440p freesync monitor I ordered, but today I saw on newegg that the XFX 390x is going for about 0 after rebate. Is the 390x still better than incoming RX480 for 1440p?

Another concern is that my current PSU has only 550W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013) and it is just about 3 years old now, which is fine when powering my current 7950, but I assume that won't cut it for the 390x if I get it. If I should get the 390x, what PSU should I buy, assuming I am not going to overclock my card or CPU (an i7 3770k)?
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yieldpseudo 2 months ago


The Asus Strix was 6 % faster than the reference card, the MSI Gaming X was 12% faster.


2. Once ya wallet recovers from the 480, grab a 2nd one along with new PSU ... keep in mind that the AIB cards will be drawing close to 200 watts each ...An EVGA B2 750, usually available for about -, should do just fine.

The other option of course is to wait for the 490
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