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Radeon RX 480 vs Radeon RX 6700 XT

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which comes with a core clock speed of 2321 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 160 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 480 150 Watts
Radeon RX 6700 XT 230 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (53%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6700 XT should be quite a bit faster than the Radeon RX 480 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 393216 MB/sec
Radeon RX 480 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 131072 (50%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT should be quite a bit (more or less 130%) more effective at AF than the Radeon RX 480. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 371360 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 480 161280 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 210080 (130%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6700 XT is superior to the Radeon RX 480, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 148544 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 112704 (314%)

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 6700 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2016 March 2021
Code Name Polaris 10 Navi 22
Memory 8192 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1120 MHz 2321 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 4000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 230 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 393216 MB/sec
Texel Rate 161280 Mtexels/sec 371360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 35840 Mpixels/sec 148544 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2304 2560
Texture Mapping Units 144 160
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 14 nm 7 nm
Transistors 5700 million 17200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 480

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Radeon RX 6700 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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