RX 480 with Phenom 9100e benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings

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. This combination between RX 480 and AMD Phenom 9100e Quad-Core is going to cause serious bottlenecks in many games and cause severe FPS loss.

 RX 480 with Phenom 9100e benchmarks at Ultra Quality settings
AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 399.0
Year 2016
Maximum Recorded Temperature 77C
Max Fan Noise 51dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W
Benchmark CPU AMD Phenom 9100e Quad-Core ($39.95)
CPU Impact on FPS -33.4 FPS
CPU Impact on FPS % -50.0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 32.0 FPS
Average 1440p Performance 23.6 FPS
Average 4K Performance 14.4 FPS
Memory 8 GB
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 12.5
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 17.0
4K Cost Per Frame $ 27.8
Series RX 480
Variant AMD Radeon RX 480
Overall Combination Score 58/100 Acceptable

AMD ’s xx80 cards have always been defined by mid-range prices with performance that knocks on the door of high-end graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 4.0 graphics card inside the RX 480, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend. The RX 480 is much more expensive than the R9 380 as it costs a whopping $ 400. Compare this to the R9 380, AMD Radeon R9 380X, which came originally at a price of $ 199, $ 229. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA closest equivalent card is the GTX 970 which costs $ 329.

Spec for spec, this RX 480 leapfrogs its direct predecessor, the R9 380, by boasting 2 % more fps. The RX 480 has 8 GB RAM compared to the R9 380 's 2 GB video memory.

In our synthetic benchmarks, the RX 480 blows past the R9 380, AMD Radeon R9 380X and, amazingly, even the R9 390 as well. Fortunately, gaming performance was quite impressive. The RX 480 consistently delivers great frame rate increases over the R9 380, AMD Radeon R9 380X and it really justifies an upgrade.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play F1 2019, Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Resident Evil 2 at 62 fps to 76 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 68 fps. For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play World War Z, Fallout 76 at 62 fps to 63 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 63 fps.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey (2018)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2017 AMD Radeon RX 580 $ 229
39.3 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY X $ 649
39.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY $ 549
38.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 Nano $ 649
37.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 $ 549
35.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390X $ 429
34.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB $ 254
34.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 480 $ 400
11.3 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $ 170
32.3 FPS
2019 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 $ 149
29.0 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti $ 699
28.5 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 570 $ 169
27.2 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 $ 329
26.7 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
26.0 FPS

The RX 480 sits between the GTX 1060 6GB and the GTX 1060 3GB, falling slower than GTX 1060 6GB by 3% and faster than GTX 1060 3GB by 2.2%. It has an average relative performance against every graphics card here. Against its rival - the GTX 970, the RX 480 is much slower.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2017 AMD Radeon RX 580 $ 229
64.9 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390X $ 429
56.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY X $ 649
56.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 480 $ 400
18.5 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 570 $ 169
52.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 $ 549
52.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY $ 549
51.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 Nano $ 649
50.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
48.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB $ 254
46.8 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $ 170
44.4 FPS
2019 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 $ 149
43.6 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 $ 329
43.6 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti $ 699
37.9 FPS

The RX 480 sits between the R9 FURY X and the RX 570, falling slower than R9 FURY X by 3.7% and faster than RX 570 by 3.8%. It has a strong relative performance against every graphics card here. Against its rival - the GTX 970, the RX 480 is much slower.

Battlefield V (2018)

Ultra Quality

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Graphics Card Price Frames Per Second
2017 AMD Radeon RX 580 $ 229
93.5 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY X $ 649
86.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 FURY $ 549
83.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 $ 549
73.0 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 390X $ 429
71.0 FPS
2017 AMD Radeon RX 570 $ 169
71.0 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB $ 254
68.4 FPS
2019 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 $ 149
65.3 FPS
2015 AMD Radeon R9 Nano $ 649
65.0 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 480 $ 400
22.2 FPS
2016 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB $ 170
64.9 FPS
2016 AMD Radeon RX 470 $ 179
62.0 FPS
2014 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 $ 329
60.4 FPS
2013 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti $ 699
50.4 FPS

The RX 480 sits between the R9 Nano and the GTX 1060 3GB, falling slower than R9 Nano by 0% and faster than GTX 1060 3GB by 0.2%. It has below average relative performance against every graphics card here. Its results are actually indistinguishable from those of the R9 Nano. Against its rival - the GTX 970, the RX 480 is much slower.

Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

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Resolution 1920x1080

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
7
21.5
2019 Anthem
4
13.9
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
6
20.3
2019 Resident Evil 2
8
25.9
2019 Metro Exodus
3
11.5
2019 World War Z
9
29.1
2019 Gears of War 5
5
16.8
2019 F1 2019
7
21.1
2019 GreedFall
6
19.0
2019 Borderlands 3
4
13.3
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
8
25.6
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
9
28.7
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
3
11.3
2018 Final Fantasy XV
6
19.5
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
6
18.5
2018 Just Cause 4
5
16.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
6
18.0
2018 Strange Brigade
9
27.0
2018 Battlefield V
7
22.2
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
5
16.1
2017 Destiny 2
10
31.1
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
7
23.1
2017 For Honor
10
30.8
2017 Project CARS 2
7
21.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
9
26.4
2016 Dishonored 2
5
15.9
2015 Rocket League
30
89.8
2015 Need For Speed
8
24.9
2015 Project CARS
8
23.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
14
43.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
21
61.5
2009 League of Legends
39
115.4

Resolution 2560x1440

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
5
16.0
2019 Anthem
3
11.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
5
15.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
5
17.4
2019 Metro Exodus
3
9.0
2019 World War Z
7
21.2
2019 Gears of War 5
4
12.2
2019 F1 2019
5
14.9
2019 GreedFall
4
13.7
2019 Borderlands 3
3
9.4
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
6
18.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
6
18.1
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
3
8.9
2018 Final Fantasy XV
4
13.7
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
4
12.0
2018 Fallout 76
7
21.5
2018 Just Cause 4
4
12.3
2018 Monster Hunter: World
4
12.5
2018 Strange Brigade
6
18.8
2018 Battlefield V
5
15.7
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
3
10.6
2017 Destiny 2
9
26.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
5
16.7
2017 For Honor
6
18.0
2017 Project CARS 2
5
15.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
8
23.8
2016 Dishonored 2
4
13.6
2015 Rocket League
13
38.5
2015 Need For Speed
6
19.2
2015 Project CARS
6
18.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
9
28.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
17
51.3
2009 League of Legends
21
64.1

Resolution 3840x2160

1% Low [Min FPS] Average FPS
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
3
9.6
2019 Anthem
2
6.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
2
8.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
2
8.6
2019 Metro Exodus
1
5.6
2019 World War Z
4
12.2
2019 Gears of War 5
2
7.7
2019 F1 2019
3
9.5
2019 GreedFall
1
5.6
2019 Borderlands 3
1
4.9
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
3
11.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
3
10.3
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
2
6.2
2018 Final Fantasy XV
2
8.2
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
2
6.5
2018 Fallout 76
4
12.0
2018 Just Cause 4
2
6.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
2
6.0
2018 Strange Brigade
3
10.3
2018 Battlefield V
3
9.9
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
2
8.2
2017 Destiny 2
4
13.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
3
11.5
2017 For Honor
3
9.0
2017 Project CARS 2
4
12.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
6
20.0
2016 Dishonored 2
3
10.8
2015 Rocket League
6
18.0
2015 Need For Speed
4
12.8
2015 Project CARS
4
12.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
4
13.1
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
15
46.2
2009 League of Legends
8
25.6
RX 480 with Phenom 9100e at 1080p and Ultra Quality settings

RX 480 Specifications

RX 480 Board Design

Board NumberC940, D009-01
Length9.5 inches 241 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP150 W

RX 480 Clock Speeds

Boost Clock1266 MHz
GPU Clock1120 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective

RX 480 Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)
Launch Price229 USD
ProductionActive
Release DateJun 29th, 2016

RX 480 Graphics Features

DirectX12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL2
OpenGL4.5
Shader Model6
Vulkan1.1.82

RX 480 Graphics Processor

ArchitectureGCN 4.0
Die Size244 mm²
GPU NameEllesmere
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)
Process Size14 nm
Transistors5,700 million

RX 480 Memory

Bandwidth256.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5

RX 480 Render Config

Compute Units36
ROPs32
Shading Units2304
TMUs144

RX 480 Theoretical Performance

FP16 (half) performance5,834 GFLOPS (1:1)
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s

Critics Reviews

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AMD Radeon RX 480 specs. Based on the new Polaris 10 graphics core, this is the first 14nm FinFET product produced by AMD. It features 36 compute units in total and boost clocks max to 1266MHz ...
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The AMD Radeon RX 480 is expected to feature graphics performance levels between the GeForce GTX 970 and GeForce GTX 980 graphics card so we can expect some decent numbers from this cost effective ...
This was the AMD Radeon RX 480's last chance to shine, and the card certainly did, nearly tripling the score of the GeForce GTX 960 at 1440p (2,560x1,440 resolution), pulling well ahead of the GTX ...

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Shad 5 months ago
I just got a VisionTek AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card with ryzen 2400g gskill 2933 ram and a b450 legend and 650 power supply what do you guys think about this set up
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stormletter 9 months ago
i3 6100 rx480 or i5 6500 r9 380x
Which of them is the Better Combo For 900p Gaming?
Thnx
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memberssporty 9 months ago
For 900p? Both are overkill!

As a gaming setup, the i3+480 will consistently beat the i5 and 380x by a huge margin in most games
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hoodenfood 9 months ago
RX 480 4GB or RX 470 8GB
I'm looking at the msi gaming X 480 and armor OC 470
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venussardine 9 months ago
It's a tough one. The RX 470 is close to the RX 480 performance wise and some games do benefit from high VRAM. For example, I'm playing Forza Motorsport 6: Apex at ultra settings and it really requires 8GB of VRAM for a stutter-free experience on that render setting. I always had problems with Forza Motorsport 6 as it really uses loads of VRAM when playing, my experience has been a lot better since moving to an 8GB graphics card in general.

However, most games will be fine with 4GB VRAM and in those games the RX 480 4GB will be easily outperforming the RX 470 8GB.
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embargoplay 9 months ago
RX 480 same PCB as 580
I'm wondering if the reference PCB in the RX480 is the same as the one the 580?
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towelparsec 9 months ago
RX 470 OC vs RX 480 stock vs r9 390 stock
looking to buy a new gpu. where i live, the 480 is around 110 usd more than the 470
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whispersbrain 9 months ago
Rx 480 4gb vs rx 470 8gb
Hi.i wanted to buy one these 2 card.but im strugle.btw the price is same in my country..
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acutenesspace 9 months ago
The difference in performance between a 470 and a 480 of equal memory can be closed by overclocking the 470 by approximately 10%, which is more than doable on an air-cooled solution.

The biggest impacts RAM has on card performance is for handling high-res textures and AA. More available video RAM means your card can handle higher-memory textures, and use better AA options. For any game you can buy today, a 4GB card is more than enough, but once 1440p and 4k resolutions become more prevalant, you're gonna want those extra 4GB.

For your comparison, I would recommend the 470. The 480 is only a better card if both price and RAM are equal, otherwise the biggest thing the 480 gives you is more overclocking room. Personally, I would only consider a 480 if I had a water-cooling solution to implement on it so I could overclock the piss out of it.
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radiationhig 9 months ago
RX 480 / I5 6400 or RX 470 / I5 6500
What is a better option?
I5 6400 with AMD RX 480 or I5 6500 and AMD RX 470
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