AMD Radeon RX 480 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.93
 
1.98
Architecture
Polaris
 
Turing
GPU code name
Polaris 10 Ellesmere
 
TU117
GCN generation
4th Gen
 
no data
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
reference
 
no data
Launch date
29 June 2016 (4 years ago)
 
23 April 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$229
 
$149
Price now
$421 (1.8x MSRP)
 
$561 (3.8x MSRP)

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2304
 
896
Compute units
36
 
no data
Core clock speed
1120 MHz
 
1485 MHz
Boost clock speed
1266 MHz
 
1665 MHz
Number of transistors
5,700 million
 
4,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
150 Watt
 
75 Watt
Texture fill rate
182.3
 
93.24
Floating-point performance
5,834 gflops
 
no data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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
 
no data
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
241 mm
 
229 mm
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
None
Bridgeless CrossFire
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
2000 MHz
 
8000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
 
128.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Eyefinity
+
 
-
HDMI
2.0
 
+
DisplayPort support
1.4HDR
 
-

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful 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
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.5
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
2.0
 
1.2
Vulkan
+
 
1.2.131
Mantle
n/a
 
-
CUDA
-
 
7.5

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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.

RX 480 32.59 +11.2%
GTX 1650 29.31

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.

RX 480 383333 +2.7%
GTX 1650 373333

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.

RX 480 72213 +42.9%
GTX 1650 50549

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 480 10329 +17.4%
GTX 1650 8795

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.

RX 480 12186 +32.4%
GTX 1650 9203

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.

RX 480 17919 +31.3%
GTX 1650 13645

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.

RX 480 39552
GTX 1650 44694 +13%

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.

RX 480 8630 +11.2%
GTX 1650 7761

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1650. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
610 Mh/s
 
no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
27 Mh/s
 
no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
270 Sol/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

RX 480 satisfies 99% minimum and 94% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%
Minimum
99%
Recommended
94%

GTX 1650 satisfies 97% minimum and 90% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
97%
Recommended
90%
Minimum
97%
Recommended
90%

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

 
RX 480
GTX 1650
1080p
 
86
no data
4K
 
39
no data

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 480

11.2% better performance in benchmarks

Cheaper ($421 vs $561)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)

More pipelines (2304 vs 896)

Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 128 GB/s)

AMD FreeSync

Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

Much newer (23 April 2019 vs 29 June 2016)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)

Lower power consumption (75W vs 150W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

So, which one is the better GPU?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon RX 480, since it shows better performance.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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