AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
AMD Radeon R9 Nano

AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
RX 480 R9 Nano Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon R9 Nano
Price $ 265 $ 485 220 (83%)
Year 2016 2015 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 73C
Max Fan Noise dB 46dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 525W 25 (5%)
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 74 FPS 10.5 (16%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 56 FPS 8.8 (18%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 35 FPS 4.2 (14%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 72/100 4 (5%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to R9 Nano 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 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
84
79
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33
37
2018 Final Fantasy XV
57
63
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
50
2018 Just Cause 4
49
57
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
61
2018 Battlefield V
65
65
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
47
53
2017 Destiny 2
91
102
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
78
2017 For Honor
90
104
2017 Project CARS 2
64
74
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
90
2016 Dishonored 2
47
54
2015 Rocket League
263
305
2015 Need For Speed
73
84
2015 Project CARS
70
81
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
209
2009 League of Legends
338
392

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
53
47
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
29
2018 Final Fantasy XV
40
45
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
35
35
2018 Fallout 76
63
70
2018 Just Cause 4
36
42
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
43
2018 Battlefield V
46
51
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
31
42
2017 Destiny 2
78
88
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
57
2017 For Honor
53
61
2017 Project CARS 2
45
52
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
81
2016 Dishonored 2
40
46
2015 Rocket League
113
131
2015 Need For Speed
56
65
2015 Project CARS
53
62
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
174
2009 League of Legends
188
218

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
30
33
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
18
20
2018 Final Fantasy XV
24
26
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
19
18
2018 Fallout 76
35
39
2018 Just Cause 4
19
22
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
20
2018 Battlefield V
29
24
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
27
2017 Destiny 2
39
44
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
39
2017 For Honor
26
30
2017 Project CARS 2
38
44
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
68
2016 Dishonored 2
32
37
2015 Rocket League
53
61
2015 Need For Speed
38
44
2015 Project CARS
38
44
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
157
2009 League of Legends
75
87

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 Nano / Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, R9 Nano can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. Deciding whether to invest so much money in a high-end GPU like R9 Nano requires careful thought. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 Nano can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 480 vs R9 Nano Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 R9 Nano
Board NumberC940, D009-01C882
Length9.5 inches 241 mm6 inches 152 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W175 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 R9 Nano
GPU Clock1120 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective500 MHz 1000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 R9 Nano
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Pirate Islands (R9 300)
Launch Price229 USD649 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Aug 27th, 2015

Graphics Features

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

Graphics Processor

RX 480 R9 Nano
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 3.0
Die Size244 mm²596 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereFiji
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)Fiji XT CA (215-0862120)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million8,900 million

Memory

RX 480 R9 Nano
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s512.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit4096 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5HBM

Render Config

RX 480 R9 Nano
Compute Units3664
ROPs3264
Shading Units23044096
TMUs144256

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 R9 Nano
FP16 (half) performance5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)8,192 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS8,192 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)512.0 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s64.00 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s256.0 GTexel/s

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