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AMD Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB

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How well can the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB run games
26 Jan 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB is a high performing piece of gaming hardware, still confidently featuring in PC gamer computers. Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Lets look at the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2020. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. This graphics hardware can run 641 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order and saw it deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 78 FPS, Medium: 61 FPS, High: 41 FPS and Ultra: 30 FPS. We proceeded to look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to see how that compared and saw that it returned a reasonable 50 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order on the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 59FPS, M: 47FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which seemed playable in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 38 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Need For Speed Heat where its Ultra 1440p Frame rates were playable at 38 FPS. Running games at 1440p with a Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB is a suitable graphics card for this larger screen res. In some cases we might expect some graphics option tweaks down from Ultra to High to help improve FPS stability when gaming at 1440p.

How many years will the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB in your PC? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB? A suitable upgrade choice for the Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which is 34% more powerful and can run 879 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 41% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 954 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
70 FPS
High
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB was released on 29 Jun 2016

Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

AMD PC game performance check Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB
GPU
Architecture
GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
Process
14nm
TMUs
144
Texture Rate
182 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
41 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units
2304
Driver Support
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Release Price
$240.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.0
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1750 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
0
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1120 MHz
Boost Clock
1266 MHz
Power
Max Power
150 Watts
PSU
450 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4 GB is a smaller form factor 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, when the boost is triggered.


Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate Radeon RX 480 4GB is, on average, as fast as GeForce GTX 970.


System Suggestions
The Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4 GB is a great performance GPU for 1080p gaming. This card can run most modern games at 50+FPS on high graphics settings at that resolution.


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Radeon RX 480 Sapphire 4GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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0%
Graphics Card
5%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 43% 0%
Cyberpunk 2077 38% 37%
Doom Eternal 51% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 46% 0%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 63% 38%
Halo: Reach 86% 68%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 37%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 81% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 53%
Need For Speed Heat 44% 0%
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