AMD Radeon RX 480
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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 C 75C
Max Fan Noise dB 45.7dB
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 65.4 FPS 77.2 FPS 11.8 (18%)
Average 1440p Performance 48.2 FPS 54.6 FPS 6.4 (13%)
Average 4K Performance 29.3 FPS 31.3 FPS 2 (7%)
Memory 8 GB 8 GB 0 (0%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 3.0 3.1 (51%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.3 $ 4.2 4.1 (49%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 13.7 $ 7.3 6.4 (47%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 80/100 4 (5%)
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
RX 480 vs RX 580 with i7-6700K vs i7-7700K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 vs RX 580 with i7-6700K vs i7-7700K 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 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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subhelicopter 7 months ago
I'm wondering if the reference PCB in the RX480 is the same as the one the 580?
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zebraaudio 7 months ago
Each manufacter probably makes small changes to the printed circuit board. Why do you want to know about the PCB? You can flash the bios of the rx480 to make it a 580.
https://www.hardocp.com/news/2017/04/24/how_to_flash_your_rx_480_580_stepbystep
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molecularsuffering 7 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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swooshjackberry 7 months ago
Yes, it should. It is the same exact card as the 480 with some clock speed tweaks.
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cowsstar 8 months ago
Which of the two would be a better buy?
Purpose : 1080p Gaming
Want 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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scentedmoldwarp 7 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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barbonboxy 8 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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inbreeding 8 months ago
Presumably they are expensive as they are selling out from mainstream retailers due to a new surge in mining activity. This leaves a niche for 3rd parties to ramp up the price of the cards.

http://www.pcgamer.com/blame-cryptocurrency-miners-for-scarcity-of-radeon-rx-580-and-570-cards/
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swooshjackberry 8 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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firefoxbarnaby 8 months ago
Already took a look at the Crossfire compatability chart on AMDs website?
http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Crossfire-Chart.aspx
It's a bit outdated by now, but I hotpe they will update it.
Amd was always a bit looser on the requirements for pairings than nVidia. So your chances are high. It is even possible to crossfire a 8GB RX 480 with a 4GB RX 480 or a RX 480 with a RX 470 or a HD 7770 with a R7 250X.
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awedcuddly 8 months ago
hello guys
im going to upgrade my gtx 960 to a rx 580
only thing im worried about is my psu
its a fsp group 480 watt psu
and my rig is
i5 4460
2x 8gb ddr3 memory
1 sata ssd
1 m2 ssd
1 7.2k 1tb hdd
1 5.4k 2tb hdd
1 odd
2 120mm fan
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gillsgraphic 8 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 test

191 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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hangfly 8 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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keystonehubble 8 months ago
I'm thinking sell mine (paid 0, launch day 4gb reference card flashed to 8gb), and buy the cheapest RX 550 I can get my hands on, then just sell that for 50 bucks once the vega comes out.
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towelparsec 8 months ago
The RX 480 8gb is a single fan. The 580 is a dual fan 4gb. I dont know which one to pick.

Prob going to play dota, pubg, gta, nba, cod, bf, single player games, first person. Which one should I pick?

Also, I can buy another fan for my computer to support the single fan.
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onlookerbolham 8 months ago
Can you link the exact models? By single fan do you mean its a blower style card? If so they can get a bit loud under stress. What are the rest of your system specs?
The 480 and 580 are very very close in performance (as they are practically the same card) so the biggest differences in the two models you are going for is Vram size and cooling solution. The 8gb can come in useful-there are games out there that are memory hungry.
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tosserstudio 8 months ago
I'm looking forward to keeping the gpu for 3 years at least.
Specs
I5 3570
Corsair 600w Bronze+
gtx 580(dead)
10gb ddr3
I'm not even considering the 1070 because I play on 720p.
+ gtx 1060 comes with for honor on newegg

What should I buy? And from which manufacturer?
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venussardine 8 months ago
Hi,
I have a MSI R9 380 2X 2GB and I want to sell it and upgrade to a 480/580 4GB.
Is it worthy? I've started to notice frame drops on games like BF4 and Just Cause 3 with everything on ultra (1080p) and I would like to have stable 60fps. Would I notice any significant improvement?
Thanks in advance
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courtequivalent 8 months ago


a rx 580 would be a good upgrade yes, 2gb vram is just not enough nowadays
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zebraaudio 8 months ago
I've recently purchased the MSI RX 580 and i'm not sure if it uses the same GPU as the 480, also was the RX 580 a smarter card to purchase? All answers are appreciated
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bordermatcher 8 months ago
Yes, the RX 580 is a slightly tweaked, re-branded RX 480. Sure, it was a good choice is the price difference (and availability) wasn't too extreme.
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uncheckedseasoned 8 months ago
Hey guys heres my question.
I bought a rx480 Strix (I know a lot of people hate dual card builds) I went to the store today to buy another one but they didn't have any so they offered the saphire rx580 to do crossed with my 480 Strix.
So I need info do I wait for theme to get a stòck of rx480 Strix or can I get anything good out of crossfiring this 2 cards.
Thanks in advance for all the help i really appreciate it
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lyricsdata 8 months ago
Correct, Crossfire is limited by the slower card. That said you may be able to OC the RX 480 to 580 levels and eliminate that.
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molecularsuffering 8 months ago
i need help which card to get , so rx 580 is cheaper than the rx 480 so i thought that it was a lower version.

so the rx 480 8gb xfx black ed cost around 293 in my place while the Gigabyte RX 580 8GB Gaming cost around 258 and Gigabyte RX 580 AORUS 8GB Gaming cost 280.

if you think 580 is better what is the difference between Gigabyte RX 580 8GB and Gigabyte RX 580 AORUS 8gb

i dont know which one to get because they almost at the same price, and i dont know which is better. or im better getting a 1060 card.
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potsubway 8 months ago
If 1060 cost more then 580 aorus, definitely go for aorus.
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fridaytribune 8 months ago
In my country the gtx 1060 6gb windforce oc is 430$ and the cheapest one wich is msi 6gb is 380$ .But i heard that the rx580 is better and future proof but because of the many miners in my country its price is 500$ the price of the rx 480 nitro+oc 8gb is 320$ but i need to change my psu cuz i don't have an 8 pin connector.i only have a 6pin avaible
So my question is should i buy the rx 480 or gtx 1060 6gb that i could just put in without a change in my rig
I don't know wich of these 3 should i buy.
Thanks in advance
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agreecost 8 months ago
Performance of rx 580 and gtx 1060 6gb is about the same for gaming. The gtx 1060 will use less power, both will give you about 60fps at high/ultra detail @1080p resolution. It's a toss up either way I'd get whichever has best cooler and price.
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tungadalsepia 9 months ago
Hello Guys. Im In A Dilemma .

In My Conuntry The Price Of RX 480 8Gb And The Price Of Rx 580 4Gb OC Is The Same.
Just Wanted To Ask Which One Should I Buy? Since The Rx 480 isnt Enough Strong To Use 8Gb Of It And I Think For 1440P 4Gb of Rx 580 Isnt Enough. Which Solution U Gimme About My Choice? I REALLY Can Not Afford Rx 580 8Gb.

And I Must Say The Rx 480 Isnt OC. It is :

Asus Rog Strix Rx 480 8Gb Gaming.

Vs

Asus Dual Rx 580 Oc 4Gb

Regards. Khd...
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gackedicing 8 months ago


There is seriously not that much difference between these cards. Anandtech found a 3% improvement when moving from 480 to 580. That's just not a noticeable difference outside of synthetic benchmarks.

Choose whichever you think you'd be happiest with, for whatever reasons seem good to you.

If you really want a real performance increase over the 480, the next real step up on the AMD side is the Vega 56.
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chapmarried 9 months ago
Hey, I recently bought an RX 480 4GB (MSI Gaming X) and just saw a deal on a RX 580 8GB (MSI Armor) for basically more after rebates. My question is, is it worth just doing the upgrade? By the time I sell the 480 (and pay any fees online), it would probably be closer to an difference.

I haven't even built the rig yet (Ryzen 2600x, 16gb of 3200 ddr4, Aorus mobo, etc.) as I am waiting on parts from newegg and amazon. So I haven't even tested the 480.

I know an OC'd 480 is pretty close to a 580, and the gamer x editions have better cooling than the armor editions, so is the jump from 4gb to 8gb worth it these days (especially at )? I am just doing 1080p 60fps and looking for high quality (dont care too much about ultra) and probably won't bump up to a higher res monitor for another year or two and probably going to be Steam Link'ng to my living room tv 1/2 the time anyway. Coming from a 2gb 750ti + i3 rig, so a big jump either way.
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uprightlength 9 months ago
If you plan to stick with 1080p gaming, the 580 will last you longer. Although if you intend on switching up to 4k gaming, you'd want a 1080 Ti (or hold off until the new cards come out)
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