EDIT: Thanks to Ethereum Mining, This card is no longer a Budget card.
The RX 480 is not a high end graphics card. It is the best that AMD has to offer at the time of this posting, and does quite well. However it was designed to be a mid range card in the highly competitive under $300 graphics arena. So if your expecting PC Master Race like results, your going to be disappointed. It's not going to beat a GTX 980, 980Ti, a TitanX a 1070,1080 or TitanX Pascal. It may not even beat a GTX 1060 except in games that need more than 6GB. Here I have it pitted against a R9 Fury and a GTX 970, plus a R9 380 just to show how much better the new "80" is. All cards at stock speeds tested at 1080 on a Asus 970 Gaming Aura with a FX 8320 clocked to 4.2GHz and 8GB Gskill Flares @ 1600 8-8-8-24 https://youtu.be/EKYBvu5_IwY
Note, the preset for Rise is at Very High with textures knocked down to High to accommodate the 4GB cards as that setting requires 8GB. The R9 380 had to have the Particles and depth of field lowered to high and on as it would hard lock on very high. It's in there as a reference only and is why it's average fps is higher than the GTX 970.
Shadow of Mordor Ultra preset with textures set to high for all. Ultra Textures require 6gb
Dues Ex Ultra preset with textures reset to high
GTA V Custom settings
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Fullscreen 1920x1080 60hz FXAA on MSAA X2 Vsync off Pause on Population density full Population variety Full Distance Scaling Full Texture Quality Very High Shader High Shadow high Reflection high Reflection MSAA off Water High Particles High Grass Normal Soft Shadows Soft Post FX Very High Motion Blur off Depth of field on Anisotropic Filtering 16X Ambient Occlusion High Tesslation high Advanced Graphics Default
RX 480 8GB Maximum settings
The Fury is still the top Mutt in the dog house for any game that doesn't need more than 4GB. The visuals are just breath taking compared to the other cards, but it is 4096bit. FPS is not the only thing that matters. High FPS doesn't mean anything to me if it looks like a console game. My GTX 970 is fast as hell, but the visuals in games that are all about the details are crappy even compared to the R9 380. The R9 380 when combined with my A8-7600, even though they aren't crossfire capable, has jaw dropping graphics in games like Tomb Raider (2013) and other older titles, so it must be using the APU's CU's. The RX 480 8GB is one hell of a card for the price. Granted it's not the fastest, but in price vs performance for mid range cards, it rocks. Now the 4GB version might be another story, but it has been found that some of the reference RX 480 4GB cards actually had 8GB, and were just a bios flash away from being a 8GB card. https://www.techpowerup.com/223913/amd- ... enchmarked
RX 480 Full load power consumption (CPU + GPU) 350 watts. Cost to game 4 hours a day, 7 days a week for a year @ $0.11KWh = $56.21
R9 Fury = 420 watts = $67.25
GTX 970 = 395 watts = $63.44
R9 380 = 370 watts = $59.42