GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 480 vs 7970 among Desktop GPUs for under $200

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan and Cloud Gate Factor

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

9.6

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon RX 480 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon RX 480  based on its noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 480

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 480

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 2.8x more memory
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz vs 5,500 MHz More than 45% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,120 MHz vs 925 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 5,834 GFLOPS vs 3,789 GFLOPS Around 55% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 182.3 GTexel/s vs 118.4 GTexel/s Around 55% higher texture rate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,375 MHz More than 45% higher memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 40.5 GPixel/s vs 29.6 GPixel/s More than 35% higher pixel rate
Better bitcoin mining score 609.98 mHash/s vs 447.28 mHash/s More than 35% better bitcoin mining score
Higher bioshock infinite framerate 110 vs 78 More than 40% higher bioshock infinite framerate
Better sky diver factor score 420.46 vs 379.38 More than 10% better sky diver factor score
Slightly more shading units 2,304 vs 2,048 256 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 144 vs 128 16 more texture mapping units
Significantly lower TDP 150W vs 250W 40% lower TDP
Front view of Radeon HD 7970

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AMD Radeon HD 7970

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Slightly higher memory bandwidth 264 GB/s vs 256 GB/s Around 5% higher memory bandwidth
Slightly wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 480 vs HD 7970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
609.98 mHash/s
Radeon HD 7970
447.28 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.55 mPixels/s
Radeon HD 7970
49.05 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
2,140.31 frames/s
Radeon HD 7970
261.64 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
834.73 mInteraction/s
Radeon HD 7970
52.96 mInteraction/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Bioshock Infinite

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