AMD Radeon RX 480 versus Nvidia GTX 900 Series – pricing and performance

Radeon RX 480

AMD recently announced the Radeon RX 480, a high-performance graphics card based on the Polaris 10 GPU architecture.

The video card brings an affordable virtual reality solution to PC gamers, along with a new naming convention.

AMD has said that the Radeon RX 480 will set high benchmarks at an affordable price, with 5 TFLOPS of Peak Compute power and a MSRP of $200.

Let’s see how the new Radeon GPU compares to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 900 Series.


Below are the known specifications of the Radeon RX 480 compared to the GeForce GTX 900 Series.

Graphics Card Specification Comparison
GTX 960
GTX 970
GTX 980
GTX 980 Ti
RX 480
Boost Clock 1,178MHz 1,178MHz 1,216MHz 1,075MHz 1,266MHz
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 224GB/s 224GB/s 336.5GB/s 256GB/s
Memory Speed 7Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps 8Gbps
Memory Interface 128-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit
TDP 120W 145W 165W 250W 150W

Pricing and Performance

Although a full set of specifications for the RX 480 has not been released, we have used AMD’s provided Peak Compute figures and recommended retail pricing to calculate a price-performance score, measured in GFLOPS per dollar.

The price-performance score of all GPUs is calculated using manufacturer’s suggested retail price at launch compared to reference card single-precision floating-point performance scores.

Price-Performance Comparison
Graphics Card
Peak Compute
Price (USD)
AMD Radeon RX 480 > 5.0 TFLOPS $200 25.00
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 3.5 TFLOPS $300 11.66
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2.3 TFLOPS $200 11.50
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4.4 TFLOPS $500 8.80
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 5.63 TFLOPS $700 8.04

Although it doesn’t measure up to the GTX 980 Ti in terms of floating point performance, the AMD Radeon RX 480 offers a high-value GPU solution, with a score of 25 GFLOPS per dollar compared to the GTX 970’s score of 11,66 GFLOPS per dollar.

The Radeon RX 480 is a cheap and powerful GPU for Full HD and virtual reality gaming, offering significantly more performance-per-dollar than Nvidia’s Maxell GPUs.

Will you be purchasing an AMD Radeon RX 480? Let us know in the comments and forum.

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