RX 480 with i7-6700K benchmarks at Low 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.

 RX 480 with i7-6700K  benchmarks at Low Quality settings
AMD Radeon RX 480
Price $ 237.0
Year 2016
Maximum Recorded Temperature C
Max Fan Noise dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0.0 FPS
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Low Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 163.5 FPS
Average 1440p Performance 151.0 FPS
Average 4K Performance 99.6 FPS
Memory 8 GB
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.5
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.7
4K Cost Per Frame $ 14.0
Series RX 480
Overall Combination Score 98/100 Excellent

Game Performance at Low Quality settings

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Resolution 1920x1080

Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
165.0 FPS
2019 Anthem
142.6 FPS
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
161.5 FPS
2019 Resident Evil 2
177.8 FPS
2019 Metro Exodus
135.7 FPS
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
186.0 FPS
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
135.0 FPS
2018 Final Fantasy XV
159.0 FPS
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
156.0 FPS
2018 Just Cause 4
150.7 FPS
2018 Monster Hunter: World
154.5 FPS
2018 Battlefield V
167.0 FPS
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
149.0 FPS
2017 Destiny 2
193.0 FPS
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
169.5 FPS
2017 For Honor
192.0 FPS
2017 Project CARS 2
165.7 FPS
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
179.2 FPS
2016 Dishonored 2
148.5 FPS
2015 Rocket League
364.5 FPS
2015 Need For Speed
174.7 FPS
2015 Project CARS
171.7 FPS
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
282.0 FPS
2009 League of Legends
439.5 FPS

Resolution 2560x1440

Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
151.9 FPS
2019 Anthem
137.2 FPS
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
151.2 FPS
2019 Resident Evil 2
156.0 FPS
2019 Metro Exodus
131.2 FPS
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
158.0 FPS
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
131.0 FPS
2018 Final Fantasy XV
145.0 FPS
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
140.0 FPS
2018 Fallout 76
168.0 FPS
2018 Just Cause 4
141.0 FPS
2018 Monster Hunter: World
141.7 FPS
2018 Battlefield V
151.0 FPS
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
136.0 FPS
2017 Destiny 2
183.0 FPS
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
153.7 FPS
2017 For Honor
157.5 FPS
2017 Project CARS 2
150.0 FPS
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
174.7 FPS
2016 Dishonored 2
144.7 FPS
2015 Rocket League
217.5 FPS
2015 Need For Speed
161.2 FPS
2015 Project CARS
158.3 FPS
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
255.0 FPS
2009 League of Legends
292.5 FPS

Resolution 3840x2160

Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
99.0 FPS
2019 Anthem
88.5 FPS
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
95.5 FPS
2019 Resident Evil 2
96.1 FPS
2019 Metro Exodus
87.5 FPS
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
101.0 FPS
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
89.0 FPS
2018 Final Fantasy XV
95.0 FPS
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
90.0 FPS
2018 Fallout 76
106.0 FPS
2018 Just Cause 4
89.8 FPS
2018 Monster Hunter: World
88.6 FPS
2018 Battlefield V
100.0 FPS
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
95.0 FPS
2017 Destiny 2
110.0 FPS
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
104.7 FPS
2017 For Honor
97.2 FPS
2017 Project CARS 2
108.5 FPS
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
129.5 FPS
2016 Dishonored 2
102.5 FPS
2015 Rocket League
123.5 FPS
2015 Need For Speed
108.5 FPS
2015 Project CARS
108.5 FPS
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
206.0 FPS
2009 League of Legends
146.0 FPS

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

Conclusion. AMD says it’s going after that chunk of the market buying 0 to 0 graphics cards—84% of gamers, according to its internal data.
The Radeon RX 480 (5 - 0 on Amazon) / (£189.39 on Amazon UK) is a watershed GPU for AMD, as it marks the arrival of the company’s all-new and much-anticipated Polaris architecture; it’s ...
Today, AMD is introducing their new 14 nanometer Polaris architecture. The first card we are reviewing is the Radeon RX 480, a highly affordable 8 GB card that sets out to shatter current price-to-performance ratios. In terms of performance, you can expect speeds between the GTX 980 and GTX 970.
Nvidia grabbed recent headlines with its flagship GPU launches, but AMD stole some of that thunder with the new Radeon RX 480. The red team has made bold claims about its new card, saying that it ...
AMD Radeon RX 480 review: Redefining what's possible with a 0 graphics card The 0 Radeon RX 480 is the first graphics card built around AMD's 14nm Polaris GPU, and it changes the game.
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 ...
AMD's Radeon RX 480 brings high-end graphics to the masses for just 0 The move to 14nm FinFET technology will let AMD's new 0 Radeon tango with the GTX 980 and Radeon R9 390X.
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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sistonalumni 2 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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radiationhig 2 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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pugsleyimprudent 2 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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irritatedefeat 2 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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gongwood 2 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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wranglehyndburn 2 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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mercifultuesday 2 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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balearicventricle 2 months ago
The 480 is the best card and the best deal, just avoid Gigabyte this time around as they've been having problems with cooling the 480. I'd go for something from XFX or MSI. Unless you can get the 390 for under 0 from a trusted friend that hasn't beaten it to death for months in a mining rig then there's really no reason to buy a 390.
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subduedicecream 2 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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jetskitubeless 2 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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chapmarried 2 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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yardgone 2 months ago
Whats your display resolution??.Do you prefer to play at ultra setting or high enough?.Also how many years are you planning for next upgrade?
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tosserstudio 2 months ago
RX 480 or R9 390X or GTX 970.
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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interestrigil 2 months 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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hankessay 2 months ago
Upgrading gtx 770 to rx480?
Would upgrading to an RX 480 from a GTX 770 4gb be a big upgrade? And/or worth it in your opinion?
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crispclad 2 months ago
I'm in your same shoes. It's supposedly going to have equal performance to a 980(according to AMD), which would be a sizable upgrade.
Like turkey said though - waiting is the best thing to do at this moment.
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raspdairy 2 months ago
XFX RX 480 and XFX R9 280 Crossfire
Is it possible to put an RX 480 and R9 280 in Crossfire? I didn't think you could, but figured I'd ask.
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kosherfinnegan 2 months ago
No. They have different GPUs. CF requires the two cards have the same GPU.
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begottrickle 2 months ago
r9 380 2gb worth the upgrade to a RX 480 8gb?
Hey lads I have an Asus strix r9 380 2gb, and wondering if it would be worth the upgrade to a rx 480 8gb?
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crumpetenclose 2 months ago
If nothing at least because of VRAM but I would wait until someone comes out with non reference models with better cooling.
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gillsgraphic 2 months ago
gtx 960 vs r9 380 vs rx 480
Which card should i buy for 720p gaming..r9 380 or gtx 960 or rx 480...i will be pairing it with core i5 6600?
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radiatorspiffy 2 months ago
It might be overkill at the moment but I presume you don't want to only play current games, the point is that the RX 480 will future proof you better. You may buy a 1080p monitor, future games will require better GPU's. If you got the 960 you'd find yourself replacing it sooner so if you can afford the RX 480 that is the best option. If you can't really afford it at the moment then I would suggest you wait and get the RX 470, it should beat both the previous gen cards and save you a bit of money over the RX480.
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shriekpawing 2 months ago
rx 480 VS gtx 970
some reviews i see rx 480 is better and in some other i see gtx 970 is better

so what do u say? thanks:)
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interestrigil 2 months ago
Ashes and Hitman are both AMD-optimised games, so they have an immediate advantage. If you look at the broader picture, an RX 480 doesn't come close to a GTX 1070.

AMD have done well with the RX 480, but I felt they could have done more. Once the GTX 1060 launches, supposedly next month, AMD will have a tough fight on their hands.
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mourneinvention 2 months ago
i5-4690K + gtx 950 OR I3 6100 + RX 480
Which combo would be better for 1080p gaming? Also, what fps would I expect from both builds.

Thank you.
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adjectivesinver 2 months ago
The i3 + 480 would be WAY better and it wouldn't even be close. I recommend option number 3 though which would be an i5 6500 + RX470.
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vireodrove 2 months ago
Crossfire RX 470 & 480 worth it?
Would it be worth it to get a 480 or higher to crossfire with my 470 or would it just bottleneck the higher end card?
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effortcreamy 2 months ago
In most cases it would limit the faster card to the capabilities of the lesser card. However, if you used the RX480 / RX580 as the primary and disabled crossfire on titles that don't support it, you would then have that level of performance.

Really though it is best to get a single faster GPU. Sell your RX470 while the value is still higher than normal, and pick up the fastest card you can afford. (Also buying an RX480 or RX580 is practically impossible for reasonable sums right now)
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barberpickle 3 months ago
R9 390x or gtx 1060 or rx 480
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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bordermatcher 2 months 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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cookeroxidize 3 months ago
GTX 970 or RX 480?
The gigabyte GTX 970 went on sale for 0 here in Canada. Is that a steal or should I wait for the RX 480 to get in stock?
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flyablepursuable 2 months ago
I haven't seen one. I see 12 RX 480s and everyone of them has the reference design. Take a peek, every one of them has the exact same cooler, only thing that differentiates the cards is the sticker on the fan.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007709%20601203818&Tpk=rx%20480&ignorear=1

here's what some of the new cards look like ,, as to when, who knows

http://videocardz.com/61897/amd-radeon-rx-400-news-polaris-bios-editor-sapphire-rx-400-series
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meiosisrocky 3 months ago
R9 390 or Rx 480
Simply put, Im wondering which card is better, an R9 390 or an Rx 480 because I own both. Also, would you be able to crossfire these cards?
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shapeoutline 3 months ago
http://www.anandtech.com/show/10446/the-amd-radeon-rx-480-preview/7#
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gackedicing 3 months ago
R9 290x vs r9 380x vs rx 480
Sapphire tri-x R9 290x 4 gb 217$

Xfx R9 380x 4 gb 235$

Xfx rx 480 8 gb 300$

I have i7 4790 non k
And 650 watt corsair psu
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shapeoutline 3 months ago
RX 480 reference has a slight voltage problem on released and currently already rectified with the latest driver. It can no longer be called a problem.

Yes, 290X was and still quite a heater. But AIB's solution proves sufficient to handle it. Just don't get reference design of it, and you'll be fine.

Power draw is another talk entirely.
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speechquill 3 months ago
rx 480 or 470 for gaming
i want to play current games at ultra and maybe next gen games too i currently have a 768p monitor but will get a 1080p (maybe) next year
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egretpunctured 3 months ago
At 1080p, in US, the best choice is the GTX 1060 3GB @ 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137034

Or the Rx 480 4GB @ 0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137032

Using MSI Gaming X prices for all proces and performance so as to stay apples and apples

The 8GB 480 is 5 and the 6GB 1060 was 5 also but is sold out on newegg

Which you choose, depends on what games you play.... but keep in mind the following:

Based upon results of tehpowerups game test suite ....using the GTX 1060 as the baseline

a) The MSI RX 480 8GB is 7% slower, on average, than the 1060 reference @ 1080p ... it overclocks 8.6% beyond that for an overall 1% advantage over the 1060
https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/RX_480_Gaming_X/23.html

b) The MSI 1060 6GB is 3% faster, on average, than the 1060 reference @ 1080p ... it overclocks 15.1% beyond that for an overall 19% advantage over the 1060
https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_OC/23.html

c) The 1060 3 GB runs about 6% slower, on average, than the 1060 reference @ 1080p ... it overclocks 14.5% beyond that for an overall 8% advantage over the reference 1060
\https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_Gaming_X_3_GB/29.html

So ranking the 3, based upon the overall performance in the entire test suite:

MSI 480 Gaming X 8GB = 101% of the reference 1060 for 5
MSI 1060 Gaming X 3GB = 108% of the reference 1060 for 5
MSI 1060 Gaming X 6GB = 119% of the reference 1060 for ? (whatever it is when back in stock (last saw @ 5)

I have not seen comparative test results for the 4GB 480 on TPU.... but a) early Sapphire cards could be flashed from 4 to 8GN (supposedly reviewer samples only but few escaped in the wild) and b) on the 10690, cutting the RAM in half for the 1060 cost 7% in performance at 1080p. If we assume the same 7% hit on the 480 from 8 to 4GB, that was seen halving the 1060s, that **might** make put the MSI 480 Gaming X 4GB = 94% (0) of the reference 1060 for 5 but that's a logical guess.

As i said above, best to start here and look at what games you play and how each card under consideration does against each other:

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1060_OC/6.html
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tactiletheme 3 months ago
Rx 470 8gb or Rx 480 4gb?
Hi was wondering which graphics card would be better, a Asus ROG Strix 8gb Rx 470 or MSI Rx 480 4gb. The prices after rebate both come out to 0.
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vocalistheels 3 months ago


That's not entirely true. The 4GB RX 480s have slower-clocked memory than the 8GB RX 480s, and as a result tend to have around 5% lower performance. The 4GB RX 480 should still outperform an RX 470 though, so yes, between those cards, the 480 should be better from a performance standpoint.

There are of course other things to keep in mind though, like whether one has a quieter cooler, though if you're just looking for the best performance for the money, that might be less important.
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