AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
vs
AMD Radeon R9 M290X

AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Price $ 1,275.0 $ 1,209.0 66 (5%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 94C
Max Fan Noise dB 60.1dB
Recommended Power Supply 100W 100W 0 (0%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) *closest mobile equivalent* Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz ($248.98) *closest mobile equivalent*
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 43.8 FPS 42.1 FPS 1.7 (4%)
Average 1440p Performance 32.2 FPS 30.3 FPS 1.9 (6%)
Average 4K Performance 19.3 FPS 18.8 FPS 0.5 (3%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 29.1 $ 28.7 0.4 (1%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 39.6 $ 39.9 0.3 (1%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 66.1 $ 64.3 1.8 (3%)
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Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 M290X to RX 480 Mobile is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
39
44.1
34
37.8
2019 Anthem
25
28.4
21
24.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
37
41.6
32
35.7
2019 Resident Evil 2
47
53.1
41
46.5
2019 Metro Exodus
21
23.6
18
20.7
2019 World War Z
53
59.5
41
46.2
2019 Gears of War 5
30
34.4
27
30.1
2019 F1 2019
38
43.2
33
37.7
2019 GreedFall
34
38.8
30
34.0
2019 Borderlands 3
24
27.3
21
23.9
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
47
52.5
41
45.9
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
18
20.2
15
17.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
28
31.8
25
27.8
2018 Just Cause 4
30
34.1
26
29.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
33
36.7
28
32.2
2018 Strange Brigade
49
55.4
43
48.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
42
47.2
37
41.4
2017 For Honor
56
63.0
49
55.2
2017 Project CARS 2
40
44.6
35
39.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
48
54.0
42
47.4
2016 Dishonored 2
29
32.5
25
28.5
2015 Rocket League
165
183.8
144
161.0
2015 Need For Speed
45
50.9
40
44.6
2015 Project CARS
43
48.8
38
42.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
80
89.2
70
78.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
113
126.0
99
110.4
2009 League of Legends
212
236.2
186
207.0

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
26
32.8
22
28.1
2019 Anthem
18
22.5
15
19.3
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
25
32.3
22
27.7
2019 Resident Evil 2
28
35.7
25
31.3
2019 Metro Exodus
14
18.3
12
16.1
2019 World War Z
34
43.4
26
33.7
2019 Gears of War 5
19
24.9
17
21.8
2019 F1 2019
24
30.6
21
26.7
2019 GreedFall
22
28.1
19
24.6
2019 Borderlands 3
15
19.2
13
16.8
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
30
37.8
26
33.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
13
16.5
11
14.5
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
19
24.9
17
21.8
2018 Just Cause 4
20
25.2
17
22.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
20
25.7
18
22.5
2018 Strange Brigade
30
38.6
26
33.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
27
34.1
23
29.9
2017 For Honor
29
36.7
25
32.2
2017 Project CARS 2
25
31.5
22
27.6
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
39
48.8
34
42.8
2016 Dishonored 2
22
27.8
19
24.4
2015 Rocket League
62
78.7
55
69.0
2015 Need For Speed
31
39.3
27
34.5
2015 Project CARS
29
37.3
26
32.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
46
57.7
40
50.6
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
84
105.0
73
92.0
2009 League of Legends
105
131.3
92
115.0

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AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile
AMD Radeon R9 M290X
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
13
19.6
11
16.8
2019 Anthem
8
12.2
7
10.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
11
17.1
10
14.7
2019 Resident Evil 2
12
17.6
10
15.4
2019 Metro Exodus
8
11.5
7
10.2
2019 World War Z
17
25.0
13
19.4
2019 Gears of War 5
11
15.8
9
13.8
2019 F1 2019
13
19.4
11
17.0
2019 GreedFall
8
11.6
7
10.1
2019 Borderlands 3
7
10.0
6
8.7
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
15
22.6
13
19.7
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
7
10.5
6
9.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
11
15.8
9
13.8
2018 Just Cause 4
9
13.2
8
11.5
2018 Monster Hunter: World
8
12.3
7
10.8
2018 Strange Brigade
14
21.0
12
18.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
16
23.6
14
20.7
2017 For Honor
12
18.3
11
16.1
2017 Project CARS 2
18
26.2
16
23.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
28
40.9
25
35.8
2016 Dishonored 2
15
22.0
13
19.3
2015 Rocket League
25
36.7
22
32.2
2015 Need For Speed
18
26.2
16
23.0
2015 Project CARS
18
26.2
16
23.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
18
26.7
16
23.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
66
94.5
57
82.8
2009 League of Legends
36
52.5
32
46.0
RX 480 Mobile vs R9 M290X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 Mobile vs R9 M290X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 Mobile vs R9 M290X with i7-6700K vs i7-3770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 480 Mobile / i7-6700K

In terms of cost, pricing clearly is a genuine issue here and the price of RX 480 Mobile is simply ridiculous. In terms of memory, the RX 480 Mobile 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

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AMD Radeon R9 M290X / i7-3770K

In terms of cost, pricing clearly is a genuine issue here and the price of R9 M290X is simply ridiculous. It is important to know that R9 M290X 's max load temperature is very high and might require custom cooling solutions. This combination between R9 M290X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 M290X and Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the R9 M290X can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

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RX 480 Mobile vs R9 M290X Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
OutputsNo outputsNo outputs
Power ConnectorsNoneNone
Slot WidthMXM ModuleMXM Module
TDP100 W100 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
Boost Clock1077 MHz900 MHz
GPU Clock1000 MHz850 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1200 MHz 4800 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
Bus InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationMobility Radeon (RX M400)Crystal System (R9 M200)
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 4th, 2016Jan 9th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (11_1)
OpenCL2.01.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.45.1
Vulkan1.1.1011.1.101

Graphics Processor

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
ArchitectureGCN 4.0GCN 1.0
Die Size232 mm²212 mm²
FoundryTSMCTSMC
GPU NameEllesmereNeptune
GPU VariantEllesmere XTNeptune XT (216-0847000)
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million2,800 million

Memory

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s153.6 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size8 GB4 GB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
Compute Units3620
L1 Cache16 KB (per CU)16 KB (per CU)
L2 Cache2 MB512 KB
ROPs3232
Shading Units23041280
TMUs14480

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 Mobile R9 M290X
FP32 (float) performance4.963 TFLOPS2.304 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance310.2 GFLOPS (1:16)144.0 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate34.46 GPixel/s28.80 GPixel/s
Texture Rate155.1 GTexel/s72.00 GTexel/s

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