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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The Radeon RX 480 makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which has GPU clock speed of 1670 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory set to run at 14000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 Stream Processors, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 480 should in theory be a bit faster than the Radeon RX 5500 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 262144 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 should be a little bit (about 10%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 5500. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 161280 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14320 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17600 (49%)

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 RX 480

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Radeon RX 5500

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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 RX 480 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2016 October 2019
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 14 XT
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1120 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 161280 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 35840 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2304 1408
Texture Mapping Units 144 88
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 7 nm
Transistors 5700 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 480

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Radeon RX 5500

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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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