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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a speed of 14000 MHz on this model. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 480 should theoretically be a little bit better than the Radeon RX 5500 XT in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 will be a little bit (about 7%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 5500 XT. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 XT is superior to the Radeon RX 480, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 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

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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 Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2016 December 2019
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1120 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 262144 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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - 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 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.

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