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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 480 has core speeds of 1120 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which comes with GPU core speed of 1717 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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

The Radeon RX 480, in theory, should be a small 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 just a bit (approximately 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 5500 XT is superior to the Radeon RX 480, and very much so. (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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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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential 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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