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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The Radeon RX 480 comes with a clock speed of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 2304 SPUs, 144 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5500, which features a clock speed of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 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

In theory, the Radeon RX 480 should be a small bit faster than the Radeon RX 5500 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 is a small bit (about 10%) more effective at 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 using a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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 3500 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum 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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