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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 480 uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which comes with clock speeds of 1717 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 480, in theory, should be a little bit faster 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 (approximately 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

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be much (more or less 53%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 480, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (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 3500 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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once 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, HDR and high resolutions.

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

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