AMD Radeon RX 480
The Radeon RX 480 is a GPU from AMD released in 2016. This chip has an average gaming score at 21% in our GPU benchmark.
The Radeon RX 480 has 8 GiB of GDDR5 memory, with a total memory bandwidth of 218 GB/s. The memory bus has a width of 256 bits. More memory is beneficial when gaming at high resolutions as the memory needs to store the frame buffer and all the game textures. If you run out of memory, you will experience poor performance as the GPU needs to swap data in and out of the memory as it is used.
In terms of clock speed, the Radeon RX 480 GPU core runs at a frequency of 1266 MHz and if power and temperature permits, it can boost up to 1266 MHz. The core clock is directly related to the performance of a GPU, the higher the clock, the more processing can be done per second. A higher clock does not guarantee better performance by itself, this also depends on the number of shading units and other elements of the pipeline.
As for rendering API support, the Radeon RX 480 supports up to DirectX 12. In addition, in cross-platform titles, OpenGL 4.5 features are supported. If your GPU is too old and doesn't support a newer API certain titles may not be playable.
Power and thermals for the AMD Radeon RX 480 are a TDP (Thermal Design Power) of 150 watts. This measures the amount of heat the GPU produces when running at 100%. This isn't a measure of power consumption, but it's a good estimate.
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