AMD Radeon RX 480 Video Card Review – Polaris Arrives

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Fallout 4


Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3.  The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015.

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Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can’t be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth.


Benchmark Results: In Fallout 4, at 1080p resolution, the RX 480 came in at 84 FPS, on average, and dominated the Sapphire R9 380X by about 21 FPS!

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Benchmark Results: With the display resolution bumped up to 2160×1440, the AMD Radeon RX 480 lowered its lead over the Sapphire R9 380X, but still came in with an average of almost 46 FPS and about 5.5 FPS faster.

Fallout 4 won’t work on the Radeon RX 480 at a 4K resolution due to a driver issue. AMD is aware of the issue as it also impacts the Fiji GPU series cards, but the issue isn’t critical since a resolution change will allow the card to work. AMD let us know that they will have a fix in a future driver version.

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