GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 480 vs R9 390X among Desktop GPUs


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T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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Overall Score

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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Higher effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz vs 6,000 MHz Around 35% higher effective memory clock speed
Slightly higher clock speed 1,120 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,500 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed
Much lower TDP 150W vs 275W More than 45% lower TDP
Slightly better fire strike factor score 78.17 vs 72.83 More than 5% better fire strike factor score
Front view of Radeon R9 390X

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AMD Radeon R9 390X

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Higher pixel rate 67.2 GPixel/s vs 40.5 GPixel/s More than 65% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
More shading units 2,816 vs 2,304 512 more shading units
More texture mapping units 176 vs 144 32 more texture mapping units
More compute units 44 vs 36 8 more compute units
Better bitcoin mining score 683.57 mHash/s vs 610.11 mHash/s More than 10% better bitcoin mining score
Wider memory bus 512 bit vs 256 bit 2x wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 480 vs R9 390X

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
610.11 mHash/s
Radeon R9 390X
683.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.45 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 390X
114.29 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
2,111.61 frames/s
Radeon R9 390X
2,911.86 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Id still take the higher pixel rate and higher bus width myself. The r9 390x's are back on sale at amazon for £350 as compared to £200 for an rx 480. I was lucky ebayed a brand new one for £190 ;)
Nah, go for XFX RX 480 GTR Black, better, more cold, and efficient than nitro.
see how they managed to make their old gen 430 dollar card into a new 200 dollar gpu? thats progress.
go for the sapphire nitro rx 480 8gb one I have it and its amazing... 130+ fps in dishonored 100+ fps in far cry3 and 70+ fps in the withcer 3
hmmm, not sure if i want to "upgrade" to the 480 and then just get a second one when it can't take it any more, as long as most newer games support multi-gpu's that is
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