AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
AMD Radeon RX 580

AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 580
RX 480 RX 580 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon RX 580
Price $ 399.0 $ 151.0 248 (62%)
Year 2016 2017 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 77C 75C 2 (3%)
Max Fan Noise 51dB 45.7dB 5.3 (10%)
Recommended Power Supply 500W 535W 35 (7%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz ($354.99)
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 62.5 FPS 74.3 FPS 11.8 (19%)
Average 1440p Performance 46.0 FPS 52.7 FPS 6.7 (15%)
Average 4K Performance 27.6 FPS 30.0 FPS 2.4 (9%)
Memory 8 GB 8 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.4 $ 3.1 3.3 (52%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.7 $ 4.4 4.3 (49%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 14.5 $ 7.6 6.9 (48%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 480 AMD Radeon RX 580
Overall Combination Score 74/100 80/100 6 (8%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to RX 580 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 580 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 580
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
72
80.5
2019 Metro Exodus
30
33.7
32
35.9
2019 World War Z
76
85.0
81
91.0
2019 Gears of War 5
44
49.1
46
52.2
2019 F1 2019
55
61.6
58
65.5
2019 GreedFall
49
55.5
53
59.0
2019 Borderlands 3
35
39.0
37
41.4
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
67
75.0
71
79.7
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
26
28.9
27
30.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
40
45.4
43
48.2
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
75
84.0
91
101.2
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
29
33.0
35
39.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51
57.0
55
61.6
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
48
54.0
58
64.9
2018 Just Cause 4
43
48.7
46
51.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
47
52.5
50
55.8
2018 Strange Brigade
71
79.1
75
84.1
2018 Battlefield V
58
65.0
84
93.5
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
42
47.0
51
57.2
2017 Destiny 2
81
91.0
89
99.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
60
67.5
64
71.7
2017 For Honor
81
90.0
86
95.6
2017 Project CARS 2
57
63.7
60
67.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
69
77.2
73
82.1
2016 Dishonored 2
41
46.5
44
49.4
2015 Rocket League
236
262.5
251
279.0
2015 Need For Speed
65
72.7
69
77.3
2015 Project CARS
62
69.7
66
74.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
121
135.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
162
180.0
172
191.3
2009 League of Legends
303
337.5
322
358.6

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 580
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
43
54.2
2019 Metro Exodus
20
26.2
22
27.9
2019 World War Z
49
62.0
53
66.4
2019 Gears of War 5
28
35.6
30
37.9
2019 F1 2019
34
43.6
37
46.4
2019 GreedFall
32
40.1
34
42.6
2019 Borderlands 3
21
27.4
23
29.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
43
54.0
45
57.4
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
18
23.6
20
25.1
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
28
35.6
30
37.9
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
42
53.0
51
63.8
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
20
26.0
26
33.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
32
40.0
35
44.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
28
35.0
33
41.8
2018 Fallout 76
50
63.0
51
63.8
2018 Just Cause 4
28
36.0
30
38.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
29
36.7
31
39.1
2018 Strange Brigade
44
55.1
46
58.6
2018 Battlefield V
36
46.0
56
70.4
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
31.0
32
40.7
2017 Destiny 2
62
78.0
67
84.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
38
48.7
41
51.8
2017 For Honor
42
52.5
44
55.8
2017 Project CARS 2
36
45.0
38
47.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
55
69.7
59
74.1
2016 Dishonored 2
31
39.7
33
42.2
2015 Rocket League
90
112.5
95
119.5
2015 Need For Speed
44
56.2
47
59.8
2015 Project CARS
42
53.3
45
56.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
70
87.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
120
150.0
127
159.4
2009 League of Legends
150
187.5
159
199.3

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AMD Radeon RX 480
AMD Radeon RX 580
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
18
26.7
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.5
12
17.5
2019 World War Z
24
35.7
26
38.2
2019 Gears of War 5
15
22.5
16
23.9
2019 F1 2019
19
27.8
20
29.5
2019 GreedFall
11
16.5
12
17.5
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.3
10
15.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
22
32.2
24
34.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
15.0
11
15.9
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
15
22.5
16
23.9
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
21
30.0
22
31.9
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
12
18.0
13
19.8
2018 Final Fantasy XV
16
24.0
18
26.4
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
13
19.0
16
23.1
2018 Fallout 76
24
35.0
24
35.2
2018 Just Cause 4
13
18.8
13
19.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
17.6
13
18.7
2018 Strange Brigade
21
30.0
22
31.9
2018 Battlefield V
20
29.0
26
37.4
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
16
24.0
18
26.4
2017 Destiny 2
27
39.0
29
41.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
33.7
25
35.9
2017 For Honor
18
26.2
19
27.9
2017 Project CARS 2
26
37.5
27
39.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
40
58.5
43
62.2
2016 Dishonored 2
22
31.5
23
33.5
2015 Rocket League
36
52.5
39
55.8
2015 Need For Speed
26
37.5
27
39.8
2015 Project CARS
26
37.5
27
39.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
28
40.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
94
135.0
100
143.5
2009 League of Legends
52
75.0
55
79.7
RX 480 vs RX 580 with i7-6700K vs i7-7700K at 1080p 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 RX 580 / i7-7700K

At 1440p, RX 580 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 580 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 580 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the RX 580 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

RX 480 vs RX 580 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 RX 580
Board NumberC940, D009-01C940, D009-04
Length9.5 inches 241 mm9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W185 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 RX 580
Boost Clock1266 MHz1340 MHz
GPU Clock1120 MHz1257 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 RX 580
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)Polaris (RX 500)
Launch Price229 USD229 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Apr 18th, 2017

Graphics Features

RX 480 RX 580
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL22
OpenGL4.54.5
Shader Model66
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 480 RX 580
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 4.0
Die Size244 mm²244 mm²
GPU NameEllesmerePolaris 20
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)Polaris 20 XTX (215-0910038)
Process Size14 nm14 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,700 million

Memory

RX 480 RX 580
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s256.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 RX 580
Compute Units3636
ROPs3232
Shading Units23042304
TMUs144144

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 RX 580
FP16 (half) performance5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)6,175 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS6,175 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)385.9 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s42.88 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s193.0 GTexel/s

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hardwoodgeodesic 11 months ago
I'm wondering if the reference PCB in the RX480 is the same as the one the 580?
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craftyking 11 months ago
Can a RX 580 be crossfired with a RX 480?My question is purely academic. I don't yet own either of these cards, but I would just like to know.
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subhelicopter 11 months ago
Yes, it should. It is the same exact card as the 480 with some clock speed tweaks.
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begottrickle 11 months ago
Which of the two would be a better buy?Purpose : 1080p GamingWant to get the best bang for buck.PS This would be the first buy and not an upgrade from the 400 Series.
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embargoplay 11 months ago
For everyday performance, there will be little if any difference between a 480/4, a 580/4 and a 480/8. They are basically the same card, all in the *80 performance range. You'd not notice or care that the 580 might get 5? Fps more, when you are already capable of fps up in the 100's+, beyond most standard monitors refresh. Detail settings will be identical. The difference between the /4 and /8 comes into play only in certain games where they are optimized for higher vram. And it's a big difference. It's enough that it'll make or break a game at the detail settings you want. A massively detailed game like Witcher 3 or GTA:V, that's extremely fluid and fast moving is going to get bogged down at maximum settings on the 4G cards. You'll not only suffer fps loss, but to reverse the affects you'll need to drop detail settings. In the simpler, smaller games, that are more cpu dependent like WoW or flight Sims etc, it won't be an issue at all. Having the extra vram isn't going to hurt at all, other than a few $ from the wallet. Not having the extra vram could possibly hurt in the long run if your gaming styles tend towards games requiring high vram. As far as DX goes, 11 is different than 12, a lot more so than between 10 and 11. Most nvidia cards are designed around taking massive advantage of DX 11 and prior because that's what was the major avi of the games written. With DX12, those algorithms actually take better advantage of AMD's architecture, so it isn't so much that nvidia is not still doing its best, it's just that amd is finally catching a break and the card performance per slot is closing the gap. Back in the day, nvidia mostly had 3Gb cards for DX11, AMD was using 4Gb cards just to try and equalize the battle between like cards. Today, with DX12 titles, those older 4Gb amd cards are actually doing better now, the cards haven't changed, just the way they are used internally. With the 480/580 essentially being the same card, there won't be any real performance differences, just the little things like running slightly cooler or using less power, when judged against the exact same model
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robbriefcase 11 months ago
For a card that barely surpasses the gtx 1060, it costs around 200-300 dollars more. Why? I remember them being a reasonable 200-300 dollars but why are they hovering around the 400-500 point now?
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firefoxbarnaby 11 months ago
Anyone know how that will work out?Thinking of buying a new graphic card while waiting for Vega, but my boyfriend got a rx480. So was wondering if I could give him my Rx580 and crossfire with rx480 when i get the Vega card?
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effortcreamy 11 months ago
hello guysim going to upgrade my gtx 960 to a rx 580only thing im worried about is my psuits a fsp group 480 watt psuand my rig isi5 44602x 8gb ddr3 memory1 sata ssd1 m2 ssd1 7.2k 1tb hdd1 5.4k 2tb hdd1 odd2 120mm fan
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coffeediscover 11 months ago
The link above recommending 500 watts was done with a factory OC (MSI). The card, with factory OC only drew 191 watts w/ factory OC at the PSI recommendation and that was with an overclocked 5960x as the CPU which can pull 230 watts ... his CPU draws only 84 watts peak so that would him almost an extra 140 or so watts that goes away in their test191 GPU + 84 CPU + 35 Hi end MoBo + 40 everything else = 350 watts that's 37% headroom, which falls in between the 25 - 50% rule of thumb
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aviationmoaning 11 months ago
Just sold my used RX-480 8GB for nearly twice what I paid for it new. Seems the Bitcoin Miners are at it again; willing to pay outrageous prices for those cards. That is no doubt why you can't find them at Newegg and Amazon anymore (except for 3rd party sellers).
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