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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 1408 SPUs along with 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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 480 should be 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5500 XT overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 should be a little bit (more or less 7%) more effective at texture 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 high levels of AA 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 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the 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 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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