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. 4096 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 43.81 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of Radeon RX 480's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
43.37
 
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
$298.99
 
of 4762.99 (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
 
of 12
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
 
Width
2-slot
 
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 11408 (TITAN Xp)
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
 
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
42.73
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
383333.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
72213.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10329.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
12186.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
17919.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
39552.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
132.00
 
 
Passmark
8117
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
13290
 
 

Mining hashrate

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
0.49
 
 
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
100
At recommended settings
97.42
New games support
88
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
high / 1080p
129.00
 
ultra / 1080p
112.00
 
4k / 2160p
35.10
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
high / 1080p
99.00
 
ultra / 1080p
89.00
 
4k / 2160p
38.10
 
Civilization VI (2016)
high / 1080p
76.50
 
ultra / 1080p
68.00
 
4k / 2160p
57.50
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
63.90
 
ultra / 1080p
33.40
 
4k / 2160p
19.70
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
68.00
 
ultra / 1080p
60.60
 
4k / 2160p
25.30
 
Doom (2016)
ultra / 1080p
80.00
 
4k / 2160p
30.00
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
133.00
 
medium / 1080p
95.00
 
high / 1080p
85.00
 
ultra / 1080p
59.00
 
4k / 2160p
28.00
 
Overwatch (2016)
high / 1080p
197.00
 
ultra / 1080p
139.00
 
4k / 2160p
57.00
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
ultra / 1080p
57.00
 
4k / 2160p
25.60
 
The Division (2016)
ultra / 1080p
57.50
 
4k / 2160p
28.40
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
medium / 768p
108.00
 
high / 1080p
66.10
 
ultra / 1080p
40.60
 
4k / 2160p
23.40
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
57.60
 
ultra / 1080p
26.90
 
4k / 2160p
16.30
 
Dota 2 (2015)
4k / 2160p
88.00
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
ultra / 1080p
67.60
 
4k / 2160p
28.40
 
GTA V (2015)
high / 1080p
106.00
 
ultra / 1080p
45.60
 
4k / 2160p
34.90
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
high / 1080p
88.00
 
ultra / 1080p
82.00
 
4k / 2160p
32.60
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
ultra / 1080p
127.00
 
4k / 2160p
48.40
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
high / 1080p
78.00
 
ultra / 1080p
43.90
 
4k / 2160p
27.20
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
82.00
 
4k / 2160p
41.90
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
ultra / 1080p
52.60
 

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 690, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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