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Radeon R7 240 vs Radeon RX 480

Intro

The Radeon R7 240 comes with core clock speeds of 730 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 320 SPUs as well as 20 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 480, which has a clock frequency of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon RX 480 13349 points
Radeon R7 240 1218 points
Difference: 12131 (996%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 240 30 Watts
Radeon RX 480 150 Watts
Difference: 120 Watts (400%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 480 should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon R7 240 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 262144 MB/sec
Radeon R7 240 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 233344 (810%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 is much (approximately 1005%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R7 240. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 161280 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 240 14600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 146680 (1005%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 480 is superior to the Radeon R7 240, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 35840 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 240 5840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 30000 (514%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Radeon R7 240

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon R7 240 Radeon RX 480
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year October 2013 June 2016
Code Name Oland PRO Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 730 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 14600 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5840 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 320 2304
Texture Mapping Units 20 144
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 1040 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.3 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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Radeon R7 240

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Radeon RX 480

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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