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AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB GPU Review

AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB GPU Review

We try out AMD’s efficient and affordable VR-ready GPU platform.

9.0
Recommended

The Good

  • Great 1080p performance
  • Needs only one 6-pin power connector
  • VR-Ready
  • Affordable price

The Bad

  • Not meant for extreme resolutions
  • No backplate
9.0 Design
9.0 Features
9.0 Performance
9.5 Value

The development of the Polaris GPUs dates back to the time when we reviewed the Radeon 380x graphics card which was AMD's best price/performance graphics card. AMD wants to push further by introducing more efficient technologies with headroom for greater performance. Today, we have the all-new AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card sporting the Polaris 10 GPU.

Design and Specifications

We have come a long way since the days of the 90nm fab process back in 2005. A decade later, the Polaris 10 GPU marks the introduction of the first 14nm FinFET graphics solutions to hit the market. These chips are built to offer almost up to 2.8x times performance/watt benefits at reduced voltage requirements

Compared to the previous generations, AMD has implemented up to 2304 GCN 4.0 stream processors on the new RX480 (36 Compute Units), along with a memory bandwidth speed of 224GB/s (256-bit memory bus size). Interestingly, AMD will be releasing the RX 480 in both 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 variants. The one being reviewed today is the 4GB version.


Further breaking down the Radeon RX 480:

  • A single graphics command processor
  • 4 improved Asynchronous compute engines
  • 4 geometry processors
  • 32 pixels/output clock
  • 144 texture units
  • 576 32b Load/Store units
  • 2MB L2 cache with improved utilization
  • 4K encode/decode support
  • Display port 1.3/1.4 HDR
  • True Direct X 12 and Vulkan API support
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The AMD Polaris architecture-based Radeon™ RX Series graphics cards offers impressive levels of VR performance and future-proof technologies at a variety of price points. The Radeon RX 480 delivers premium VR capability at a stunning price of starting at just $199 for the 4GB edition, delivering the world’s most affordable solution for premium PC VR experiences, delivering VR capability common in $500 GPUs.

Name AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB GPU Review
Size 2 Slots
GPU Model Polaris 10
Number of Cores 2304 Stream Processors
Core Clock 1266 MHz
Memory Speed 2.0 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 256 GB/s
GPU RAM 4 GB
Memory Type GDDR5
Ports 1 x HDMI 2.0, 3 x DisplayPort 1.4
Power 6 pin
Other VR Premium, AMD FreeSync, 5TFlops

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