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. 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 42.21 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of Radeon RX 480's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
39.08
 
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 now
$360
 
of 10560 (Quadro GV100)

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
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
5,700 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
of 7
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
 

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

42.21

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

8123

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.

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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