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Radeon R7 240 vs Radeon RX 480

Intro

The Radeon R7 240 uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 730 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 320 SPUs along with 20 TAUs and 8 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 480, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs 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

The Radeon RX 480 should theoretically perform 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 will be much (approximately 1005%) better 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

The Radeon RX 480 should be a lot (about 514%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon R7 240, and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum 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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