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AMD Radeon RX 480 in CrossFire - Beating the GeForce GTX 1080 at 4K

AMD Radeon RX 480 in CrossFire - Beating the GeForce GTX 1080 at 4K
How do two AMD Radeon RX 480 video cards perform in CrossFire? Do they beat the GeForce GTX 1080? Let's find out right now!
By Anthony Garreffa from Jul 5, 2016 @ 19:40 CDT



Now that all of the first-week launch hoopla surrounding AMD's release of the Radeon RX 480 is over, I can finally do some interesting articles on the hardware I have sitting in my GPU labs. The first of which is this article, which will take a look at two AMD Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire.




AMD showed off Radeon RX 480 CrossFire in a few of its briefings before the RX 480 launch, comparing it against NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 in only a single game; Ashes of the Singularity. AoTS just so happens to be a title that runs better on AMD hardware, and with the tease of the RX 480 CF setup beating the beastly GTX 1080, I had to test it for myself.



Well, now we're here - and we have two RX 480s on-hand for some CrossFire testing.



Setting Expectations


Setting your expectations too high, and you'll be disappointed - set them too low, and you won't have enough buzz around your product. This is a rule set to follow, and AMD has been walking a fine line between the two.


AMD didn't really push the multi-GPU angle of the Radeon RX 480, and that could be for a few reasons. If AMD had come out and pushed the RX 480 in CrossFire, it would have to have rock solid drivers - and it would also have to test games where CrossFire is not only supported, but it excels. Well, I like to be difficult - so I kept to the same benchmark suite I use in my video card reviews.




A few of them don't have CrossFire support, so I've left them out, but I made sure to include Ashes of the Singularity as I wanted to see what type of performance I was going to get on my setup. You'll have to check the next few pages for benchmark results, but we have to establish a few things first.


One single Radeon RX 480 is a damn powerful card for the money, with the 4GB version costing $199 while the 8GB version is $40 more at $239. Two of the RX 480 8GB cards in CF will set you back $478 - which is about the cost of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070.


This means in synthetic benchmarks where we get close to, if not 100% scaling, the RX 480 CrossFire setup should at least keep up with, but more often beat the GTX 1070. But what about the GTX 1080? Well, that's where things get interesting.

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