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Radeon™ RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1080 Are Worth the Wait

When it comes to a gaming rig, one of the major considerations is the graphics card. After all, it dictates the type of game titles you can play, and whether or not you will enjoy an excellent gaming experience and satisfaction. Two of the GPUs that are making waves today are NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 and AMD’s Radeon RX 480.

In the past, most gamers won’t even think of comparing AMD with NVIDIA. The latter is often perceived as the best and most trusted. But not anymore. AMD has proven to be a worthy competitor, especially with its new offering.



In terms of performance

NVIDIA graphics cards have always been known to provide gamers with unprecedented power and performance. But not everything they introduce to the market are affordable. People who are lucky enough to try even the most ridiculously expensive ones, however, can attest as to how the GPUs are worth every penny they spent.

The GTX 1080 is your mid-range graphics card that has been described as the best one ever made by some reviewers. It is said to be better than the last two GTX 980s put together.

But here comes Radeon RX 480. It’s a lot cheaper, but offers plenty at its price point. It is said to offer premium VR experience at a fraction of the cost of a GTX 1080.

What can the specs tell us?

Core Speed

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: 1266 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: 1607 MHz

Boost Clock

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: 1733 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: 1733 MHz


  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: Pascal P104-400-A1

Resolution Performance

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: Peak at 1920×1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: Peak at 1366×768, 1600×900, 1920×1080, 2560×1440

Memory Size

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: 4 GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: 8 GB

Memory Speed

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB: 2000 MHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080: 1251 MHz

Based on the specs, Radeon RX 480 won’t out-punch GeForce GTX 1080. But it may not matter much to you if you put more value to the kind of games you can play with a particular GPU and how.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 can run games on a 4K monitor or TV. Enjoy smooth gameplay in any settings while playing Grand Theft Auto V, Crysis 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and The Division. AMD Radeon RX 480, on the other hand, will let you use Oculus Rift or HTC Vive without getting dizzy. It’s VR-ready at around $200.