MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8 GB Review 120

MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8 GB Review

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Temperatures are good, much better than with the reference design. Gaming noise is good, too. Well done MSI!

GPU Temperature Comparison
IdleLoadGaming Noise
MSI RX 480 Gaming X48°C73°C31 dBA
ASUS RX 480 STRIX38°C68°C39 dBA
AMD RX 48038°C84°C41 dBA
Important: GPU temperature will vary depending on clock speed, voltage settings,
cooler design, and production variances. This table just serves to provide a list of
typical temperatures for similar cards as determined during TPU review.

Clock Profiles

Modern graphics cards have several clock profiles that are selected to balance power draw and performance requirements.

The following table lists the clock settings for important performance scenarios and the GPU voltage that is used in those states.

GPU Voltage
Desktop300 MHz300 MHz0.800 V
Multi-Monitor300 MHz2000 MHz0.975 V
Blu-ray Playback710 MHz2000 MHz0.975 V
3D Load1050 - 1303 MHz2000 MHz0.960 - 1.155 V
The card uses a new version of AMD's dynamic overclocking mechanism. It will dynamically adjust clock and voltage based on render load, temperature, and other factors.

For the graph below, we recorded all GPU clock and GPU voltage combinations of our 1920x1080 resolution benchmarking suite. The plotted points are transparent, which allows them to add up to indicate more often used values. A light color means the clock/voltage combination is rarely used and a dark color means it's active more often.

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