AMD Radeon RX 480: specs and benchmarks

AMD Radeon RX 480

Summary

AMD started Radeon RX 480 sales 29 June 2016 at a recommended price of $229. This is GCN 4.0 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 2-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 44.21 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of Radeon RX 480's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
76.96
 
Architecture
GCN 4.0
 
Code name
Ellesmere
 
GCN generation
4th Gen
 
Type
Desktop
 
Design
reference
 
Release date
29 June 2016
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$229
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$229
 
of 4095.95 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

Radeon RX 480's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core 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
2304
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Compute units
36
 
Core clock speed
1120 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
 
Transistor count
5,700 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
150 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
182.3
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
5,834 gflops
 
of 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 support
n/a
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
241 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
Bridgeless CrossFire
+
 

Memory specs

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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
2000 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 480.
Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
Eyefinity
+
 
HDMI
2.0
 
DisplayPort support
1.4HDR
 

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.
AppAcceleration
n/a
 
CrossFire
+
 
Enduro
n/a
 
FRTC
+
 
FreeSync
+
 
HD3D
n/a
 
LiquidVR
+
 
PowerTune
+
 
TressFX
+
 
TrueAudio
n/a
 
ZeroCore
+
 
UVD
+
 
VCE
+
 
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
+
 
HDMI 2.0b
+
 

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 480, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6
OpenCL
2.0
 
Vulkan
+
 
Mantle
n/a
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon RX 480. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
44.92
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
72213
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10329
 
Passmark
8118
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
13290
 

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 (in FPS)

Let's see how good Radeon RX 480 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.48
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
high / 1080p
129
 
ultra / 1080p
112
 
4k / 2160p
35
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
99
 
ultra / 1080p
89
 
4k / 2160p
38
 
Civilization VI (2016)
high / 1080p
77
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
58
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
64
 
ultra / 1080p
33
 
4k / 2160p
20
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
68
 
ultra / 1080p
61
 
4k / 2160p
25
 
Doom (2016)
ultra / 1080p
80
 
4k / 2160p
30
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
133
 
medium / 1080p
95
 
high / 1080p
85
 
ultra / 1080p
59
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
medium / 768p
125
 
high / 1080p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
70
 
4k / 2160p
25
 
Overwatch (2016)
high / 1080p
197
 
ultra / 1080p
139
 
4k / 2160p
57
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
ultra / 1080p
57
 
4k / 2160p
26
 
The Division (2016)
ultra / 1080p
58
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
medium / 768p
108
 
high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
4k / 2160p
23
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
58
 
ultra / 1080p
27
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
GTA V (2015)
high / 1080p
106
 
ultra / 1080p
46
 
4k / 2160p
35
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
high / 1080p
88
 
ultra / 1080p
82
 
4k / 2160p
33
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
ultra / 1080p
127
 
4k / 2160p
48
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
high / 1080p
78
 
ultra / 1080p
44
 
4k / 2160p
27
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
82
 
4k / 2160p
42
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
53
 

Relative perfomance

Overall Radeon RX 480 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 480 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 970, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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