OverclockingOverclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for most users.
Every sample overclocks differently, which is why our results here can only serve as a guideline for what you can expect from your card.
For overclocking on the RX 480, we applied the same percentage increase to each of the eight adjustable clock levels; this approach seems to provide the highest performance at the highest stability.
Maximum overclock of our sample is 2250 MHz on the memory (13% overclock), which is limited by the adjustment limit in AMD's driver. GPU overclocking works slightly better than with previous cards we tested, reaching 1370 MHz (5% overclock).
Important: Each GPU (including each GPU of the same make and model) will overclock slightly
|Maximum Overclock Comparison|
|Max. GPU Clock||Max. Memory Clock|
|MSI RX 480 Gaming X||1370 MHz||2250 MHz|
|ASUS RX 480 STRIX||1355 MHz||2250 MHz|
|AMD RX 480||1335 MHz||2250 MHz|
differently based on random production variances. This table just serves to provide a list of typical
overclocks for similar cards, determined during TPU review.
Overclocked PerformanceUsing these clock frequencies, we ran a quick test of Battlefield 3 to evaluate the gains from overclocking.
Actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 8.6%.