Sapphire Radeon RX 480 

Released July, 2016
  • 1.2 GHz
  • 8 GB GDDR5
7.8 Out of 10

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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the Radeon RX 480 among GPUs between $200 and $400


Radeon RX 480
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


Radeon RX 480
T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor


Radeon RX 480
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Radeon RX 480
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more


Radeon RX 480
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

Radeon RX 480
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

Radeon RX 480

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Radeon RX 480

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
610.11 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
485.85 mHash/s
Radeon R9 390
607.43 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
120.45 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
102.43 mPixels/s
Radeon R9 390
120.27 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
GeForce GTX 970

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon RX 480
GeForce GTX 970

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Radeon R9 390

Battlefield 4

Radeon RX 480

Bioshock Infinite

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Performance (overclocking, power)95%Quality (build, design, cooling)95%General Features (display outputs, etc)90%Bundle, Packaging & Software90%Value for Money90% Overall TweakTown Rating92% The Bottom Line: SAPPHIRE becomes the star of the Polaris line up with its Nitro+ RX 480 8GB, representing killer value for money for 1080p and 1440p gamers, with 60FPS+ performance.
Quieter and Cooler than Reference RX 480: AMD's Radeon RX 480 is a great value for money graphics card, one of the best for 1080p gaming, and the SAPPHIRE Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 8GB only adds to that with an improved cooler that is much quieter.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand AMD
GPU name Ellesmere
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,208 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,342 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card AMD Radeon RX 480 1.1 GHz 8 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,304
Texture mapping units 144
Render output processors 32
Compute units 36
Pixel rate 42.9 GPixel/s
Texture rate 193.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 6,184 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 2,000 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 256 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 150W
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Here is your unbiased answer read above It is in my opinion the better and will trans nicely with ryzen and and am4 If you can wait for about a 3 to 4 months new card will be released with 12.5 Tflops 512 gb memory band width and a clock speed of 1900 MHz now this is rumored but it is very close to the true specs it trashed the gtx 1080 running an old Fiji driver which is a 2 yr old driver! I cannot wait for them to optimize the driver once they do I guess they will release it has been mentioned to me it will be priced around the 500.00 price point which is good for us because Nvidia is ridiculously overpriced and seem to not advancing in new advancement such as Vulkan and DX12 and are happy to sit back the dollars rather than give the public a bang for there back which seems to be AMD new marketing performance and Quality at a reasonable price everybody likes to criticize AMD but without them we would be at the mercy of Nvidia and Intel and RX 480 is a Great little card that has not peeked out its performance and is and will be relevant in 3 yrs were as 1060 will be done in the next year as AAA titles come favoring the cross platform of Vulkan and the advance details of DX12 that is were in my opinion is where we are headed not hi clock rates to muscle through DX 11 at 4K!
The truth Is I have an HIS Radeon RX 480 IceQ X2 8 GB Roaring and have it overclocked stable at 1410 MHz with a +50 Mv cor voltage core increase and increase memory voltage 9000Mhz Increased Fan curve can barely here the fans at 70% I plaid Doom for 2 hrs reaching between 65 & 69 degrees playing 1440p at 48 to 56 FPS smooth. This is one bad ass card! and as far as I know is the fastest stable running air cooled on the market so in my opinion these guy do not rate there GPU's honestly! This is a 9.5 not 8.2 and I own XFX card as as well it is a good card but can't run as fast!
RX 480 is currently better at DX12 and Vulkan, while the GTX 1060 only gains a 2-5 FPS performance boost from them, the RX 480 gains a ~40% performance boost. Which mean that as of right now, AAA games are better on the RX 480, DOOM and such will run better on DX12 while the GTX 1060 still dominates all the older games on DX11. Personally, I'd get the RX 480 just to be future proof, right now I have an almost all AMD PC with a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 960 G1 Gaming 4GB and I've been in the same spot where you are currently, I have decided on buying and AMD GPU because nearly all AMD GPUs get better as time goes on, thus why people use the term "Future proof" on most of them. But do keep in mind that I've heard that Intel CPUs run better with certain AMD GPUs including the RX 480, but I'm sure once AMD Zen CPUs come out, it won't be a problem anymore.
Well well well. The GTX 1060 is the same level as the RX 480. I do believe the RX 480 is better. I want an unbiased answer, as I'm thinking about getting this card, and I'm AMD-only.
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