AMD Radeon RX 480: specs and benchmarks

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AMD Radeon RX 480
Radeon RX 480
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1120
  • Max video memory 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2016
Performance 29.35

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 480 sales 29 June 2016 at a recommended price of $229. This is Polaris architecture desktop card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 2 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 241 mm. 1x 6-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 150 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

29.35%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of Radeon RX 480's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating171
Place by popularity88
Value for money35.29
ArchitecturePolaris (2016−2019)
GPU code namePolaris 10 Ellesmere
GCN generation4th Gen
Market segmentDesktop
Designreference
Release date29 June 2016 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$229
Current price$15.82 (0.1x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

Radeon RX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 480's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2304of 18432 (AD102)
Compute units36
Core clock speed1120 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1266 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors5,700 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology14 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate182.3of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance5,834 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 480's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportn/a
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length241 mm
Width2-slot
Supplementary power connectors1x 6-pin
Bridgeless CrossFire1

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 480: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed2000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth224 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 480. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display Connectors1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Eyefinity1
HDMI2.0
DisplayPort support1.4HDR

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 480. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

AppAccelerationn/a
CrossFire1
Enduron/a
FRTC1
FreeSync+
HD3Dn/a
LiquidVR1
PowerTune+
TressFX1
TrueAudion/a
ZeroCore+
UVD+
VCE+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX® 12
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL2.0
Vulkan+
Mantlen/a

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of Radeon RX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

RX 480 29.35
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

RX 480 8690

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RX 480 17919

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

RX 480 39552

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 480 72213

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 480 10329

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

RX 480 12186

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

RX 480 383333

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

RX 480 132

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 480. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 610 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 27 Mh/s  
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 270 Sol/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Radeon RX 480 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD78
1440p55
4K34

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 58
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 100
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 69
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 66
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 49
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 93
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 41
Red Dead Redemption 2 34
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 57
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 78
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 69
Forza Horizon 4 77
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 44
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 27−30
Red Dead Redemption 2 21
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 27−30
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27−30
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 50
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
Metro Exodus 15
Red Dead Redemption 2 27−30
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 17
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
Battlefield 5 27−30
Cyberpunk 2077 27−30
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 26
Forza Horizon 4 27−30
Watch Dogs: Legion 27−30

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 480 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


NVIDIA equivalent

The nearest Radeon RX 480's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK, which is faster by 3% and higher by 7 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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