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Radeon RX 480 4GB vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 480 4GB features a clock frequency of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 2304 SPUs, 144 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which has core speeds of 1717 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB is a bit (about 7%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 5500 XT. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10184 (7%)

Pixel Rate

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

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19104 (53%)

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 4GB

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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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 4GB Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2016 December 2019
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1120 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 229376 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 161280 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 35840 Mpixels/sec 54944 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 (measured in megabytes 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 clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably 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 4GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

Amazon.com

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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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