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 Polaris architecture desktop card based on 14 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 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 37.98 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

General info

Of Radeon RX 480's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
38.50
 
Architecture
Polaris
 
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 now
$348
 
of 6300 (Quadro RTX 6000)

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
 
Compute units
36
 
Core clock speed
1120 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
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 GTexel / s
 
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

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
8 GB
 
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 benchmark 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

37.98

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

383333

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

72213

3DMark Fire Strike Score

10329

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

12186

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

17919

3DMark Vantage Performance

39552

Unigine Heaven 3.0

132

Passmark

8115

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

Let's see how good Radeon RX 480 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 4850
recommended Radeon HD 7950

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
197
 
ultra / 1080p
139
 
4k / 2160p
57
 
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
106
 
ultra / 1080p
46
 
4k / 2160p
35
 
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rainbow Six Siege on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
127
 
4k / 2160p
48
 
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce 8600 GT
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

RX 480
recommended GeForce 6600
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

RX 480
recommended GeForce 8800 GT
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5870

Resident Evil 7

2017

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Resident Evil 7 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 760
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Resident Evil 7 on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
129
 
ultra / 1080p
112
 
4k / 2160p
35
 

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Battlefield 1 (BF1) official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 7850
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
99
 
ultra / 1080p
89
 
4k / 2160p
38
 

Civilization VI

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Civilization VI official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 5570
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Civilization VI on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
77
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
58
 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Deus Ex Mankind Divided official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Deus Ex Mankind Divided on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
64
 
ultra / 1080p
33
 
4k / 2160p
20
 

Dishonored 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Dishonored 2 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 7970
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored 2 on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
68
 
ultra / 1080p
61
 
4k / 2160p
25
 

Doom

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Doom official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Doom on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
80
 
4k / 2160p
30
 

Far Cry Primal

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Far Cry Primal official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry Primal on Radeon RX 480.

low / 720p
133
 
medium / 1080p
95
 
high / 1080p
85
 
ultra / 1080p
59
 
4k / 2160p
28
 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 650
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
57
 
4k / 2160p
26
 

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 7770
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
58
 
4k / 2160p
28
 

Watch Dogs 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Watch Dogs 2 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Watch Dogs 2 on Radeon RX 480.

medium / 768p
108
 
high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
4k / 2160p
23
 

XCOM 2

2016

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to XCOM 2 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of XCOM 2 on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
58
 
ultra / 1080p
27
 
4k / 2160p
16
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
28
 

Just Cause 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Just Cause 3 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Just Cause 3 on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
88
 
ultra / 1080p
82
 
4k / 2160p
33
 

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
100
 
4k / 2160p
39
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on Radeon RX 480.

high / 1080p
78
 
ultra / 1080p
44
 
4k / 2160p
27
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on Radeon RX 480.

ultra / 1080p
82
 
4k / 2160p
42
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

Radeon RX 480 performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

RX 480
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on Radeon RX 480.

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 780, which is slower by 2% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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