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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 8GB GeForce GTX 950 Asus OC 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 89%
Watch Dogs Legion 0% 84%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 74%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 8% 69%
FIFA 21 48% 4%
Genshin Impact 4% 91%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 69%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 4%
Ghostrunner 8% 69%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 2% 80%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 Asus OC 2GB Edition.

The RX 480 has a 18 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950. This results in the RX 480 providing 108.4 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 480 has a 18 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX 480 providing 0.5 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 480 was released less than a year after the GTX 950, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance 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 RX 480 has 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 950, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 480 has 150.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950, which means that the memory performance of the RX 480 is massively better than the GTX 950.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 950 Asus OC 2GB Edition has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 950 is 1326. The RX 480 having 1591 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 950.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 950. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 950.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 950 Asus OC 2GB Edition requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GTX 950. The RX 480 requires 75 Watts more than the GTX 950 to run. The difference is significant enough that the RX 480 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1120 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs1279 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTMaxwell GM206-250
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Jun 2016vs20 Aug 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.8
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
7.7
2560x1440
7.7
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5.6
3840x2160
5.8
green tick vs
4

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs1653 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs105.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs768
Actual Shader Performance100%vs64%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs48
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs52.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs35.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs350 Watts & 23 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which is a Forth Gen GCN GPU and has 36 SM activated and thus offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 8GB can be almost 10% Faster than GeForce GTX 970 at 4K. However, Radeon R9 390X is still slightly faster, overall.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect its performance to be between Radeonn R9 290 and Radeon R9 290X.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 950 Asus OC 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Fast-Middle-Class GeForce GTX 950 2GB, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1102MHz, instead of 1024MHz, while the Boost Clock achieves 1317MHz, instead of 1279MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Twin optimized fans carefully selected by engineers drive 2X greater airflow while maintaining 3X quieter performance, combining enhanced cooling with a more pleasant gaming and computing environment.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 950 2GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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