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 8 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 256.0 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 32.11 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.93
 
Architecture
Polaris
 
GPU code name
Polaris 10 Ellesmere
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Release date
29 June 2016 (5 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$229
 
Price now
$639 (2.8x MSRP)
 
of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)

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 cores
2304
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1120 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1266 MHz
 
Number of transistors
5,700 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
150 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
182.3
 
Floating-point performance
5,834 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
241 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 

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 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
256.0 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
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 Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
HDMI
+
 

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.

FreeSync
+
 

API support

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

DirectX
12 (12_0)
 
Shader Model
6.4
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
2.0
 
Vulkan
1.2.131
 

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.

32.11

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.

72213

3DMark Fire Strike Score

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.

12186

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.

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.

39552

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.

132

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.

383333

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.

8652

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.

This video card matches 99% minimum and 93% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
99%
Recommended
93%
Minimum
99%
Recommended
93%

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

1080p
 
78
 
1440p
 
55
 
4K
 
35
 

1920x1080
Medium Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
58
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
100
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
69
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
66
 

1920x1080
High Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
49
 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
70
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
93
 
Metro Exodus
 
41
 
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
34
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
57
 

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
35
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
69
 
Forza Horizon 4
 
77
 

2560x1440
High Settings

Red Dead Redemption 2
 
21
 

2560x1440
Ultra Settings

Far Cry New Dawn
 
50
 

4K
High Settings

Metro Exodus
 
15
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
18
 

4K
Ultra Settings

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
17
 
Far Cry New Dawn
 
26
 

NVIDIA equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 480 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX TITAN, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon RX 480:

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

User rating

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