AMD Radeon™ RX 480: The Budget VR Ready Graphics Card


AMD Radeon RX 480 is a graphic card that is considered by many people for the purpose of virtual reality on a PC. There are two Radeon RX 480 card versions, a 4GB model at $200 and 8GB model at $240.The RX 480 4GB is efficient in horsepower, less expensive and performs well in virtual reality. Radeon RX 480 card and AMD Liquid VR technology offer excellent VR experiences with improved comfort and high compatibility with VR headsets.

GPU Engine Specs:
Compute Units36
Stream Processors2304
Clock Speeds (Boost)1266 MHz
Clock Speeds (Base)1120 MHz
Peak PerfomanceUp to 5.8 TFLOPS
Memory Specs:
Memory Clock Speed (Mhz)1750
Memory Bandwidth224 GB/s
Standard Memory Config4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width256 bit
Technology Support:
AMD FREESYNC™ TechnologyYes
DirectX® 12 SupportYes
VULKAN™ SupportYes
Virtual Super ResolutionYes

AMD RX 480 VR has a game-changing control where the Radeon software drivers enable the performance, features, and stability and will improve in future through enhancements, updates, and optimizations. The AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB card gives room to stream and records your favorite games up to 4k, H.265; 60FPS with no performance impact. The card has more power, gating and clocking technologies which provide a cool and quiet gaming experience. Also, it has gaming features that optimize sound volumes based on temperatures and workloads.

AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB Graphic card is the most affordable ‘VR Ready” graphics card in the market. With the set drivers, the RX 480 VR performance can score 6.8 points which allow it to qualify for the ‘VR-Ready” rating. A VR-Ready implies a mark which is above the 6 point. AMD RX 480 VR performance is almost comparable to the R9 390. However, what sets the performance of the RX 480 is the power efficiency and value that the gadget offers. However, the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB could have tough times in breaking the market shares. Considering the facts and graphics of the RX 480, AMD will challenge the GPU product in the market with the AMD RX 480 VR performance.

AMD has met its demand to customers in the market and virtual reality for 2016 and 2017, meaning it is not performing 4K gaming experiences at this time The RX 480 is currently not equipped to take 3840-by-2160 resolution because that is the new high-end standard in the PC space and 1080 serves that well in the market. However, consumers will take time adopting 4K monitors despite the fact that AMD wants to cater to a larger audience and customer.

AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card is a better deal in upgrading a PC for gaming. Since the RX 480 is a powerful card in the market, it is capable of handling virtual games at the rate of 90 frames per second. However, a purchase of AMD Radeon RX 480 VR performance is not about its graphics, but the major focus is on the HTC Vive which is the best in performing virtual reality games due to its aspects in motion controller, capabilities in tracking, and fantastic visuals.


Most users recommend the use of RX 480 VR performance with HTC Vive for current VR games since the output is efficient with NVIDIA GTX 1060. Currently NVIDIA GTX 1060 runs better for most games if not all, but RX 480 outstands as the more future proof compared to the use of NVIDIA’s VR. To other users, RX 480 works well for most games but with frame rate issues on raw data Users AMD RX 480 review on upgrading to mid range graphic cards of the RX 480 give no performance information in HTC Vive VR, but RX 480 performs better in DX12.

AMD Radeon RX 480 works well with Oculus Rift, but it is low-end VR-ready graphics card demand, so do not expect much from it.There is not enought information about RX 480 perfomance with Oculus Rift, but most of oculus store games will work fine. However you should know that, new games such as Raw Data and most higher end games has shown a lot of specs with RX 480 and gives a lower SteamVR score compared to GTX  1060.



To conclude the release of RX 480 showed how well the company executed it promises to customers mostly the performance of the graphics. The card is efficient in running 1080p and 60 frames per second. It is important for us  that AMD Radeon RX 480 works well with VR, but if you have high expectations this graphics card is not for you.


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