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AMD's RX 480 Reference received our recommendation as a go-to for the $200-$300 market, but was immediately challenged by the release of the GTX 1060; the choice isn't so clear now, but both cards have appropriate use cases. Still, as with the Founders Edition card reviews, we recommended that our readers wait until AIB partner models of the RX 480 begin shipping, as the cooling performance will improve clock-rate stability on the Polaris 10 chip.

We finally received one of those AIB partner models. The MSI RX 480 Gaming X uses the Twin Frozr VI cooling solution – described in our Computex exclusive – and ships pre-overclocked to 1303MHz from ~1266MHz. The 8GB card's price should rest at $265, or $15 more than the reference RX 480 8GB ($250), and MSI will also be selling 4GB variants of the Gaming X. Our previous coverage of the RX 480 4GB vs. 8GB will help answer questions as to whether the lower capacity card is worth it.

Here's the specs listing of the RX 480, including reference clock-rate:

AMD RX 460, RX 470, & RX 480 Specs

 AMD RX 480AMD RX 470AMD RX 460
ArchitecturePolaris 10Polaris 10Polaris 11
Compute Units (CUs)363214
Stream Processors23042048864
Base / Boost Clock1120MHz / 1266MHz926MHz / 1206MHz1090MHz / 1200MHz
COMPUTE Performance>5 TFLOPSUp to 4.9TFLOPsUp to 2.2TFLOPs
Graphics Command Processor (GCP)111
ACEs44 (?)2
HWS22 (?)2
Geometry Processors44 (?)2
Peak Texture Filter Rate182.3GT/s154.4GT/s57.6GT/s
Peak Pixel Filter Rate40.5GP/s38.6GP/s19.2GP/s
L2 Cache2MB?1MB
VRAM Capacity4GB GDDR5 @ 7Gbps
8GB GDDR5 @ 8Gbps
Memory Interface256-bit256-bit128-bit
Memory Speed7Gbps (4GB model)
8Gbps (8GB model)
Memory Bandwidth224GB/s (4GB model)
256GB/s (8GB model)
Power Connectors6-pin6-pinNone
(Slot only)
Display Port1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR1.3/1.4 HDR1.3/1.4 HDR
Release DateJune 29August 4August 8

Polaris 10 vs. Polaris 11 Specs & Architecture

 Polaris 10Polaris 11
Compute Units (CUs)3616
COMPUTE Performance“>5 TFLOPS”“>2 TFLOPS”
Memory Interface256-bit128-bit
ArchitectureGen 4 GCNGen 4 GCN
Playback Support4K encode/decode4K encode/decode
Output StandardDP1.3/1.4 HDRDP1.3/1.4 HDR

MSI makes a few changes to this:

MSI RX 480 Gaming X Specs

 MSI RX 480 Gaming XAMD RX 480 Reference
ArchitecturePolaris 10Polaris 10
Fab Process14nm FinFET14nm FinFET
Stream Processors23042304
Core / Boost Clock1303MHz1120 / 1266MHz
Memory Capacity4GB or 8GB4GB or 8GB
Memory Interface256-bit256-bit
Memory Clock8Gbps8Gbps
Release DateMid AugustJune 29

MSI advertises the core clock as reaching up to 1316MHz, though we measured output around 1303MHz on average. The pre-overclocked card includes MSI's Twin Frozr VI cooler, using a dual-push fan cooling solution and large aluminum heatsink for passive dissipation. As with every other Twin Frozr VI cooler we've recently looked at, the RX 480 Gaming X's implementation allows the card to operate at 0RPM fan speeds for temperatures lower than 60C. This operation prioritizes silence, an effective 0dB output, and allows the heatsink to perform its duties of sinking the lower heat generation.

Aiding that conduction are the three heatpipes routed through the copper coldplate, measured at 8mm, 6mm, and 6mm. MSI's newest version (VI) of the Twin Frozr cooler uses a squared-out heatpipe toward the coldplate, which helps ensure maximum surface area contact between the coldplate, aluminum fins, and the heatpipe itself. The rest of the pipes are the usual rounded design, but the tapered/squaring design is new with this generation.


MSI's custom PCB is flanked by a thick baseplate and backplate – one on either side – used for structural and thermal advantages. The structural impact is likely obvious: The card won't experience sag in the same fashion that an unsupported card with a large heatsink might. Thermally, the baseplate is outfitted with thermal pads that make direct contact to the VRAM modules and MOSFETs. This sinks heat across the surface of the baseplate, which is then cooled actively by air intake from the axial fans. The PWM is also engaged by the baseplate.



New alternating dispersion / traditional fan blades ensure that air gets trapped and propelled into the fins. The PCB is also larger than reference (in width and height), allowing for the large fans mounted to the card.

The MSI card we received was shipped at its maximum clock-rate setting, though users of the MSI software will be able to switch between different “modes;” these modes allow prioritization of silence, performance, or a mix between the two. The software further enables RGB LED light management, found embedded within the nametag of the card.

Looking down the right side of the cooler, we're able to see the chokes, capacitors, and fan cables. MSI's fan cables are easily accessible in the lower-right of the card – though not quite as well designed as Sapphire's Nitro – and can be swapped by the user if necessary for RMA.

Continue to page 2 for testing methodology.



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GoodLooks, Overclocking, Cooling performance, Custom build, Military Class IV components, Digital VRM, Torx 2.0 fans, Low noise, RGB LEDs, Gaming App...
Bottom lineWhen you look at the work MSI has done over the past several years to put the MSI Gaming brand out into the market, it is interesting to see that work bare fruit. Looking at the performance curve of the RX 480 Gaming X 8G, I found that the card does what...

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TL;DW: RX 480 amazing value for money, especially in DX12/Vulkan. GTX 1060 great DX 12 card, decent value too. GTX 980 is still fantastic, but it's likely worth going for a 1060 if you are buying new. GTX 1070 is obviously fastest, but sufficiently low va...

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Goodperformance, power consumption, overclocking, dead silent...
Bottom lineEach manufacturer designed their graphics cards for gaming and MSI is one of most active in this area. Their Gaming series offers very good cards and today I had the chance of testing the RX 480 Gaming X 8G.I liked the card and its performance. Also the c...

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Today we finally get to look at AMD's latest entry to the competitive, mainstream market in the Polaris 10 based, RX 480 video card. Based on the new 14nm FinFET process, the RX 480 is aimed at improving the power to performance ratio as well as performan...

Bottom lineAMD really brought out a very good card with solid performance, low power use, and a great price to boot. The Polaris 10 architecture was never meant to compete with NVIDIA on the high-end front (saving that for Vega), and does a more than adequate job...

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GoodQuiet, Overclocked out of the box, Low temperatures, Fans stop in idle, 8 GB VRAM, Backplate included, HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4, Adjustable RGB LEDs, DVI port included...
BadPower efficiency reduced significantly, Memory not overclocked...
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AMD Radeon RX 480 Graphics Card Roundup

MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8G

MSI leans on an old and trusted cooler for its RX 480 Gaming X 8G. A Gaming Mode clock rate of 1303 MHz isn't the most aggressive in our round-up, but it's certainly higher than AMD's reference design. Traditionally, MSI likes to implement an above-average power limit, a conservative fan control circuit, and a low temperature limit, so we're curious to see if this card behaves like so many Gaming X-series products before it.


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Exterior & Interfaces

Weighing in at 974 grams, the RX 480 Gaming X 8G is fairly beefy. But it's not the heaviest card in our round-up. A length of 27.5cm, a height of 13.5cm, and a width of 3.5cm make this a large product; however, it still fits in a dual-slot form factor. Because of the backplate, you must plan for an additional one-fifth of an inch (5mm) of clearance to avoid collisions with your CPU's cooler, complicating installations in compact cases. 

You'd know this is an MSI card just by looking at it. Clearly, MSI's branding folks succeeded in establishing a recognizable corporate identity.

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The plastic fan shroud is black with red highlights; it's attractive enough, though not necessarily the best-built in today's story. We already know the two fans well from MSI's other Gaming X products. The blades on the double-ball bearing fans have a diameter of 9.5cm, explaining the card's height.

Horizontally-oriented fins help guide hot air out of your case through the slot bracket and prevent heat from building up on the motherboard below the card. Up top, there's an illuminated MSI logo and an eight-pin power connector. We also catch a glimpse of two 6mm heat pipes that stretch from one end to the other, plus a shorter 8mm pipe.

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The slot bracket exposes a familiar complement of outputs, including a DVI-I connector, two DisplayPort 1.4-ready interfaces, and two full-sized HDMI 2.0 ports (perhaps in a nod to the folks with VR HMDs). Several openings allow waste heat to pass through.

Board & Components

MSI positions the GPU's voltage regulation circuitry on the PCB's right side, while leaving two phases for the memory and peripherals on the left. This is opposite what we just saw from HIS.

Like AMD, MSI uses eight Samsung GDDR5 memory modules (model number K4G80325FB-HC25). Each one has a capacity of 8Gb (32x 256Mb). And depending on clock rate, they can operate at voltages between 1.305V and 1.597V. Their ceiling is 2000 MHz, similar to what we find on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070.

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The GPU is fed by six power phases using International Rectifier's IR3567B dual-output 6+2-phase controller. In turn, an IR CHL8510 high-performance gate driver controls the high- and low-side N-channel MOSFETs.

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MSI taps Ubiq Semiconductor's QM3816 dual N-channel MOSFET, which combines the high- and low-side transistors, as well as a Schottky diode on one chip. This saves space, but may also create an unnecessary hot spot if cooling isn't sufficient.

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The RX 480 Gaming X 8G employs encapsulated ferrite coils covered by a thin-walled housing. MSI advertises these as Super Ferrite Chokes, and they're a bit classier-looking than what we've seen on competing cards.

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One phase on the left side of MSI's board powers the memory. A second, seemingly similar voltage converter provides power for peripherals and controllers.

Power Results

This factory-overclocked card's power consumption is significantly higher than what we measured from the reference design. Its almost 18W at idle doesn't impress us, though we can see it's caused by rather generous voltage settings and a high frequency of 300 MHz.

During our gaming loop, the RX 480 Gaming X 8G consumes approximately 191W, which is significantly higher then AMD's own solution. Meanwhile, our stress test pushes MSI's board as high as 224W due to a fairly loose power limit.

We mention short load peaks only as a side note (see the light-grey bar in the chart below), since they're rarely relevant in practice. Nevertheless, they illustrate the importance of deploying a reasonably-sized secondary side for the power supply (low-impedance caps).

The following two graphs represent two minutes captured from the gaming loop and stress test. These are what our average power consumption figures are calculated from.

The next two graphs map current measurements at each of the supply rails, corresponding to the power consumption levels shown in the diagrams above. Unlike what we saw from HIS' card on the previous page, these charts should put your mind at ease.

A total of just 3.9A at the motherboard's PCIe slot is significantly lower than the 5.5A ceiling defined by the PCI-SIG. If you're worried about power consumption over the eight-pin auxiliary connector exceeding the recommended 150W, you shouldn't. During in-house tests, we successfully attempted to draw up to 400W of DC and at least 300W of AC loads over such a connection and saw no sign of overheating.

But because power consumption over the auxiliary power connector does exceed the specification by up to 22W, you should use a proper eight-pin plug, include 18-gauge wires. Six- or eight-pin adapters or the use of combined Molex connectors should be avoided!

Temperature Results

MSI's cooler employs a backplate that is isolated with foil on the inside and does nothing to cool the board. In addition, the card has a cooling frame that helps stabilize the backplate.

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The memory modules are not cooled by the heat sink, but rather by the aforementioned frame installed below the larger thermal solution. MSI leaves the area around the coils and capacitors open so that they receive a bit of direct airflow.

The cooler itself consists of a nickel-plated copper sink for the GPU, one short 8mm heat pipe, and two longer 6mm heat pipes pressed into the base. Those pipes are made of sintered composite material and are nickel-plated as well.

MSI achieves solid thermal performance, evidenced by the fact that this card sustains its advertised 1303 MHz clock rate through our gaming loop.

The open-air and closed-case temperatures diverge during our stress test because of a power limit set too high. This causes inconsistency in the GPU frequency, too.

Registering about 176°F (80°C) during our gaming loop on an open test bench and inside of a closed case, MSI's cooling performance is acceptable. Interestingly, the GPU temperatures inside an enclosure is a little lower, even. Why? We'll get into that.

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During our stress test, we measure 176°F (80°C) and 185°F (85°C) on the voltage converters. The processor fares well enough, peaking at around 163°F (73°C) on our open test bench. In the closed case, we see the GPU at 176°F (80°C). The warmest memory module remains below the 176°F (80°C) line as well.

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So long as you don't make a habit of running stress tests, MSI's thermal solution gets the job done.

Sound Results

But what exactly causes the almost identical temperatures during our gaming loop on the open test bench and inside a closed case? One look at the fan speed logs yields an unpleasant surprise. Above a target temperature of 162°F (72°C), the fan curve is extremely aggressive to ensure the card gets no hotter. Unfortunately, the result is already clearly audible, and beyond what we are used to hearing from MSI.

Spinning at almost 2000 RPM, the RX 480 Gaming X 8G's fan is, installed in a closed case, one decibel louder than HIS' RX 480 IceQ X² Roaring Turbo (even if MSI's noise is a little more pleasant-sounding). We wonder why MSI doesn't at least allow the card to hit 176°F (80°C) before intervening in such an imposing way.

We also have to ding MSI for that peak between ~8 and 10 kHz. As you no doubt know, that's indicative of noisy voltage converter coils. Consequently, the slight buzzing/chirping sound is both measurable and audible.

In principle, MSI's RX 480 Gaming X 8G is a rock-solid, well-thought-out card that is missing some polish on its fan curve. A somewhat loose power limit leads to unnecessarily high power consumption under taxing workloads. This is made more bothersome by the fact it doesn't even translate to higher frame rates.

The cooling performance is adequate, but not good enough to allow for additional overclocking in a closed case without a bit of tweaking. You'd want to install strategically-placed fans to ensure constant airflow, which would naturally make the noise situation worse. Otherwise, expect to see high fan speeds uncharacteristic of MSI's usual efforts.

Definitely connect this card to your power supply with a native eight-pin connector using 18-gauge wires. Otherwise, leaning on adapters could prove detrimental to older or inexpensive PSUs.

MSI RX480 Gaming X 8G

Reasons to buy

+Very good cooler+Relatively quiet, so long as the airflow is sufficient+Good gaming performance+Balanced overall design

Reasons to avoid

-Requires a well-ventilated case-Manual rework of the fan curve needed-Power limit is set too high

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MSI Radeon RX 480 GAMING X review - Introduction

 MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming X  8GB review 
Putting the G back in gaming ...

Join us as we review the MSI Radeon RX 480 GAMING X, we test the model fitted with 8GB graphics memory (there is a 4GB model as well). This TwinFrozr VI cooled mainstream graphics card series will allow you to play your games in both the Full HD 1080P range as well as gaming in WQHD (2560x1440) range. And all that at a rather reasonable price of rougjly 269 USD. The RX 480 is a graphics card series that will allow you to play your games in both the Full HD 1080P range as well as gaming in WQHD (2560x1440) range. And all that at a very reasonable price as well. Honestly, 4GB we feel is plenty as standard for the aforementioned resolutions. Does that mean that AMD is back with a very good price versus performance product series? Follow us into this review where we'll look at temperatures, noise, performance and go with the latest game titles on the globe. It's been a somewhat wild ride for the past few months, AMD created a couple of viral moments on the web and announced stuff prior to the actual release. Hey, who can blame them. This review is all about Polaris 10, a code-name indicative of the mainstream to high-end products (but not enthusiast). There are two more products added to the product stack as well, in total three products:

  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB and 8GB (high-end performance)
  • AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB and 8GB (mainstream performance)
  • AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB/4GB (entry level)

For the time being, what you see above will be the product stack starting with today's availability of the Radeon RX 480. The Radeon RX 480 graphics card will be made available in 4 and 8 GB versions, you will also spot both reference and tweaked SKUs from the board partners. The GPU used in this puppy is based on Polaris 10 (XT), an Ellismere (codename) GPU based on 4th generation GCN architecture. The 14 nm FinFET+ process based Radeon RX 480 will push the product to well over 5 TFLOPS. With its 150W TDP it has 36 CUs (cumpute units aka shader clusters) x 64 shader processors per CU = 2304 shader processors). The card will be available in both 4GB and 8GB versions and has 256-bit GDDR5 memory which offers an effective 8 Gbps / GHz much like the GeForce GTX 1070. The card will run in the 1267 MHz range on its boost clock. Expect board partner cards to run a good 50 MHz faster. The GPU retains technologies of the Radeon GCN lineup such as DirectX 12, FreeSync and XDMA for CrossFire support. The GPU with its 2304 shader processors are tied towards 32 ROPs with 144 texture memory units. The initial consumer graphics card based on Ellismere (XT model) is the Radeon RX 480, the PRO model will get 32 compute units and thus has 2048 shader processors. The Radeon RX 480 is based on a much smaller 14nm fabrication process, as such you will see many enhancements in efficiency and that shows in power consumption, the reference cards will use just one 6-pin power PEG (PCI Express Graphics) header to give the the card its power. The reference boards have a 6-phase VRM power supply design and display output wise the new cards have seen an upgrade as well, including three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and one HDMI 2.0b. AIB partners may release SKUs with a DVI connector as well, the reference PCB shows SMT traces for a DVI connector. Overall the specs show a very potent card to play the latest games with whilst offering a good memory size versus price in the 1920x1080 and even 2560x1440 monitor resolutions. 

In this review we peek at the Radeon RX 480 GAMING X from MSI, the card is fitted with 8GB of graphics memory and has been factory tweaked for you at just over 1300 MHz with the memory at an effective 8000 MHz. Being an X model it has been fitted with a proper back-plate and obviously the awesome TwinFrozr VI cooler that once again proofs its awesomeness, as the product is completely silent even under full load stress. The card has six power phases for the GPU +1 for memory and is tied towards a proper 8-pin power connector. The card is a dual-slot, dual-fan solution and for something mainstream certainly looks high-end. 

Let's fire up the review, but not before you've had a peek  ...



MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming X edition with 8GB GDDR5 memory


Gaming x 4gb msi rx480


Radeon™ RX 480 GAMING X 4G
Radeon™ RX 480 GAMING X 4G
  • Core/Memory
  • Boost Clock / Memory Frequency
    1292 MHz / 7000 MHz (OC Mode)
    1279 MHz / 7000 MHz (Gaming Mode)
    1266 MHz / 7000 MHz (Silent Mode)
  • 4096 MB GDDR5
  • Video Output Function
  • DisplayPort x 2
  • HDMI x 2
  • DL-DVI-D
GTX 1070


Guiding the Future of Gaming

The 4th generation GCN architecture is engineered for gamers who play anything from the latest MOBA’s to the most popular AAA titles. Asynchronous Shaders and an enhanced Geometry Engine power new levels of smooth gameplay performance.

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Immersive VR Experiences

Experience the next level of immersion with the world of VR gaming and entertainment with Radeon RX graphics cards powered by the revolutionary Polaris architecture.

AMD FreeSync™ Technology

Puts an end to choppy gameplay and broken frames with fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any framerate.

HDR compatible

Enhanced contrast and colors deliver a strikingly sharp, colorful, and vivid visual experience.

GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G


MSI’s patented fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance.

GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G


Solid metal backplate included for extra toughness and finished looks.

GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G


Design and Performance in a class of its own.

GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G


Customize the LED lights and effects to match your system or mood.



Just like in games, the exclusive MSI TORX 2.0 Fan technology uses the power of teamwork to allow the TWIN FROZR VI to achieve new levels of cool.

TORX 2.0 Fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance in the heat of battle.


Dispersion Fan Blade

has a steeper curved blade which accelerates the airflow, increasing its effectiveness.

Traditional Fan Blade

pushes down a steady airflow to the massive heatsink below.


First introduced in 2008 by MSI, ZeroFrozr technology has made its mark and is now the industry standard among graphics cards. It eliminates fan noise by stopping the fans in low-load situations. This means you can focus on gaming without the noise of spinning fans.


Each LED can be controlled individually by choosing any of the animation effects availiable in the MSI Gaming App, ranging from responding to your game sounds or music to steady light, breathing and flashing. Of course, you can also turn them off.


Lurking under the cover of the GAMING graphics card is an engineering masterpiece designed to keep the graphics card cool. Every tiny detail of the intricate heatsink plays an essential part in providing a cool & quiet gaming experience.


Using advanced aerodynamics, Airflow Control Technology directs more air directly onto the TWIN FROZR VI heat pipes. The special deflectors on the heat sink enlarge the surface area, which means lower temperatures and better gaming.


Up to 8mm thick copper heat pipes with a smooth squared shape at the bottom maximize heat transfer from the surface of the copper base plate.


To temper the heat generated by a powerful GPU, MSI GAMING series graphics cards use a solid nickel-plated copper base plate. The base plate catches the heat from the GPU and transfers it to the heat pipes for dissipation so you can keep cool.


Every detail counts when it comes to creating the ultimate thermal design, which is why TWIN FROZ VI uses a premium thermal compound to mae sure it outlives the competition.


Below the heatsink you find the close quarters cooling which enables you to push the MSI GAMING card to the max.


A tailored PCB design higher performance and extra cooling comes with an extra 6-pin connector to allow for overclocking beyond the limits.


A 10-Phase PWM design with High Quality Military Class components ensures extreme reliability and superb overclockablity and enhanced efficiency.


A powerful graphics card needs a strong build to harness its performance. MSI GAMING X graphics cards are fitted with a solid metal back plate to make it extra tough. The matte black finish completes the TWIN FROZR VI design to perfection.


Gaming enthusiasts are always looking for more performance to get the ultimate experience. Using multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire is a great way to find out just how good it gets. MSI GAMING graphics cards fully support multi GPU technologies.

* Possibilities may vary depending on what is supported per model.


The smoothest, fastest and most exciting gaming experience ever by eliminating screen tearing, display shutter and input lag.

GTX 1070

Ultra-high resolution (UHD) delivers 4x the resolution of 1080p content, enabling much sharper and crisper images with delicate details during gaming.



To experience and enjoy the impressive world of Virtual Reality, high-performance hardware is required. MSI, world leading brand in high-end gaming and eSports, provides the right advice to make sure your system is VR Ready. Integrating the very best of cutting edge technologies in recommended MSI VR gaming hardware for smooth performance. Together with our VR partners, MSI brings gamers an extremely realistic VR experience where games come alive.



To get the best VR experience, you need your PC to deliver maximum performance. The MSI Gaming App gets your PC primed for VR use in just a single click by setting all key components to high performance settings and making sure other software applications do not impact your VR adventure.


The MSI Gaming App allows for one-click performance profiles that unlock extra performance for gaming or keep your card silent during light use. It also features the EyeRest tab, giving you easy access to image quality improving technology. The LED control tab gives you full control over your MSI GAMING LED lights to set the mood.

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Real-time monitoring of GPU Core, DRAM Frequency, GPU & CPU Temperatures and much more, in game or in other fullscreen applications, customizable to your preference.

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Mobile Gaming APP

The exclusive MSI Gaming App is now also available for Android so you can control your graphics card from your phone without having to switch to Windows.


MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game simultaneously. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume and transparency and start gaming. With a few hotkeys you can start/pause your video or set the volume.

GeForce® GTX 1060 GAMING X 3G

Assemble and edit your recordings using the simple and straightforward video editor. Game Capture Auto Detect allows for automatic streaming when starting a game.

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XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more.
It's simple, easy to use and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family or the world - Or for capturing those perfect gaming moments, just for the heck of it.
So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and start streaming and recording with XSplit Gamecaster today.

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Add a webcam and show your game face

GTX 1070


Share your broadcast and conquer the world

GTX 1070


Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations

GTX 1070


Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream & record all of your gaming activities

WTFast is the Gamers Private Network ; like a global automated army of IT specialists all working together to optimize your game connection from end to end. WTFast reports rich connection stats for your online game, so you can see exactly what is happening with your game connection.

  • Built just for MMO gamers
  • Reduce average ping
  • Greatly reduce connection flux, spikes and packet loss
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MSI Afterburner is the world's most recognized and widely used graphics card overclocking utility which gives you full control of your graphics cards. It also provides an incredibly detailed overview of your hardware and comes with some additional features such as customizing fan profiles, benchmarking and video recording.

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MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB vs MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming 4GB

MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB

MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming 4GB


54 facts in comparison

MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB

MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming 4GB

Why is MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB better than MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming 4GB?

  • 30W lower TDP?
  • 4GB more RAM memory?

Why is MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming 4GB better than MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB?

  • 194MHz faster GPU clock speed?
  • 0.81 TFLOPS higher floating-point performance?
    5.89 TFLOPSvs5.087 TFLOPS
  • 1.2 GPixel/s higher pixel rate?
    40.9 GPixel/svs39.7 GPixel/s
  • 100MHz faster memory clock speed?
  • 25.2 GTexels/s higher texture rate?
    184.2 GTexels/svs159 GTexels/s
  • 12.8GB/s more memory bandwidth?
  • 400MHz higher effective memory clock speed?
  • 256 more shading units?

General info

The thermal design power (TDP) is the maximum amount of power the cooling system needs to dissipate. A lower TDP typically means that it consumes less power.

A higher transistor count generally indicates a newer, more powerful processor.

Small semiconductors provide better performance and reduced power consumption. Chipsets with a higher number of transistors, semiconductor components of electronic devices, offer more computational power. A small form factor allows more transistors to fit on a chip, therefore increasing its performance.

Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) is a high-speed interface standard for connecting components, such as graphics cards and SSDs, to a motherboard. Newer versions can support more bandwidth and deliver better performance.

5.Is dual-GPU

✖MSI Radeon RX 470 Gaming X 8GB

✖MSI Radeon RX 480 Gaming 4GB

The graphics card contains two graphics processing units (GPUs). This generally results in better performance than a similar, single-GPU graphics card.

6.warranty period

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When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

The graphics card uses a combination of water and air to reduce the temperature of the card. This allows it to be overclocked more, increasing performance.

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.


The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.

The number of pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

The memory clock speed is one aspect that determines the memory bandwidth.

The number of textured pixels that can be rendered to the screen every second.

Shading units (or stream processors) are small processors within the graphics card that are responsible for processing different aspects of the image.

TMUs take textures and map them to the geometry of a 3D scene. More TMUs will typically mean that texture information is processed faster.

When the GPU is running below its limitations, it can boost to a higher clock speed in order to give increased performance.

The ROPs are responsible for some of the final steps of the rendering process, writing the final pixel data to memory and carrying out other tasks such as anti-aliasing to improve the look of graphics.


The effective memory clock speed is calculated from the size and data rate of the memory. Higher clock speeds can give increased performance in games and other apps.

Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.

A wider bus width means that it can carry more data per cycle. It is an important factor of memory performance, and therefore the general performance of the graphics card.

Newer versions of GDDR memory offer improvements such as higher transfer rates that give increased performance.

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.


Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

Newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

More HDMI ports mean that you can simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.


DirectX is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

OpenGL is used in games, with newer versions supporting better graphics.

Some apps use OpenCL to apply the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for non-graphical computing. Newer versions introduce more functionality and better performance.

The graphics card supports multi-display technology. This allows you to configure multiple monitors in order to create a more immersive gaming experience, such as having a wider field of view.

5.load GPU temperature

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A lower load temperature means that the card produces less heat and its cooling system performs better.

Ray tracing is an advanced light rendering technique that provides more realistic lighting, shadows, and reflections in games.

7.PassMark (G3D) result

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This benchmark measures the graphics performance of a video card. Source: PassMark.

8.3DMark Vantage Texture Fill result

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This benchmark is designed to measure graphics performance. Source: AnandTech.

9.OpenGL ES version

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OpenGL ES is used for games on mobile devices such as smartphones. Newer versions support better graphics.

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