AMD SAPPHIRE RX 480 Nitro review

The R9 RX 480 by AMD features a Polaris GPU along with 2304 stream processors. It also has an astonishing 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a 8,000MHz clock. The RX 480 is on the smaller side of GPUs, and is quite conservative on energy use. Despite being so light weight, it has some torque. It does well in comparitive competition to many of the more powerful cards, all while consuming a lot less energy. The RX 480 isn’t a top tier GPU, but it still functions as a gaming GPU, especially as an upgrade from an older card.

Because gaming GPUs are meant to handle heavy operations that tax the system, modern cards are quite high tech. When you take many of the games on the market today as a reference point, you can see that they require a lot of processing power. The GPU has to not only be able to handle displaying the highly detailed graphics to the screen, but also handle thousands of computations simultaneously, all while keeping track of thousands of objects with hundreds to thousands of lines of code being run for each one. It comes as no suprise that most cards used for gaming do very well at mining for Ethereum.

Efficiency

Is the RX 480 an efficient mining GPU? This is a heavy question and the answer isn’t either yes or no. There is a lot of give and take and many factors to consider.

The RX 480 by AMD uses only one 6 pin connector with a 110 W power supply. This means it doesn’t pull a lot of juice from the wall, which is great for conserving your energy bill. This is an important factor when it comes to mining because the more it costs you to power your system rig the less profit there is for you to make through mining with that rig. Despite not drawing a lot of power, the card does run games like Watchdogs 2, which shows that it can handle intricate computations and processes. Mining for Ethereum is a task that requires a GPU that can process these calculations quickly and efficiently, without over heating the GPU and using too much energy.

The RX 480 is one of the cheapest GPUs to run in terms of daily power consumptions when mining. It costs around $0.43 a day to mine with this GPU, about the same as the RX 470. Where this card really shows its mining potential is in the daily return of around $1.45. This efficiency means your card can pay for itself in just over 135 days. While the RX 480 make not use a lot of power, mining can be quite resource intensive and it is a good idea to point a house fan at your mining rig, and possibly keep your mining room cooled with an air conditioning unit. This will help ensure the longevity of not only your GPU but your entire system itself.

RX 480 Nitro

GPU Features for Ethereum mining

Basic specs:

Power
: 150 W
Hash Rate
: 25.0 MH/s

Modded specs:

Power: 93.7 W
Hash Rate: 29.3 MH/s

Ref: Forum.Ethereum.org

Rx 480 mining interface

Pros and cons

The specs of the RX 480 make it one of the best entry level mining GPUs on the market. I’d personally recommend even veteran miners have a least a few of the cards mining in their operation. The RX 470 and RX 480 are pretty equal when it comes to energy conservation, with the 480 costing a little bit less.

Conclusions

As with all cards, the RX 480 performs best when run in a cool, properly ventilated area that allows for efficient heat dissipation. Running this card 24/7 is possible and very profitable, but is only possible if you make an effort to keep it cool.



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