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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 4GB Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 10%
Halo: Reach 74% 71%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 24%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 10%
Doom Eternal 29% 23%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 24%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 97% 97%
Grand Theft Auto VI 26% 37%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 13% 24%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 49% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480X 4GB are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire.

The RX 480X has a 350 MHz higher core clock speed but 80 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 7950. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the RX 480X manages to provide 25.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 480X has a 350 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7950. This results in the RX 480X providing 70.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 480X was released over three years more recently than the HD 7950, and so the RX 480X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7950 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The HD 7950 has 5120 MB more video memory than the RX 480X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7950 has 720 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480X, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is massively better than the RX 480X.

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire has 5376. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 5325 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 3656. The RX 480X having 1669 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 7950 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The RX 480X transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 7950. This means that the RX 480X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 7950.

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB requires 175 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire requires 540 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480X. The HD 7950 requires 365 Watts more than the RX 480X to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7950 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 480X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1150 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO (x3)
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs01 Jan 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs9216 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus-vs1152 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs720GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 2304 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs5376
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units256vs336
Texture Rate294.4 GTexel/svs268.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs96
Pixel Rate147.2 GPixel/svs76.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs3
HDMI Connections1vs3
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs540 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.



The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Second Generation HBM, through a 4096-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Power Consumption


System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire is a solution of three Radeon HD 7950 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 7950 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is somewhat superior to a single Radeon HD 7990 performing by itself it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 7950. Expect this combination to draw up to 540 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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