MSI Radeon RX480 Gaming X AMD Polaris 8GB Graphics Card

8GB MSI Radeon Gaming X RX 480, 14nm, PCIe 3.0, 8100MHz GDDR5, 1266MHz GPU, 1316MHz Boost, 2304 Streams, 3x DP1.4/HDMI

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MSI GAMING-X RX 480 Graphics Card

As one of MSI’s top-end Radeon RX 480 graphics card, this GAMING X series comes equipped with a customized design and powerful RX 480 specifications. This card specifically targets itself toward gamers, from those that play the latest competitive MOBA’s to the most popular and graphic heavy AAA games. It runs off Polaris architecture and comes ready to create the next levels of immersion within the world of VR, plus it boasts higher speeds and 8GB of memory, doubling that of lesser RX 480 versions.



Core Clock

Boost Clock


LED Embedded MSI 480 GPU

Through the MSI Gaming App each LED on the RX 480 GAMING can be controlled individually and customized using the various animation effects. These animations range from responding to game or music sounds to a breathing effect - of course they can always be turned off.

*Display image is for LED reference only.


Advanced GPU Cooling Technologies

The GAMING-X 480 from MSI has various aspects to help keep this gaming GPU as cool as possible. Every detail of this intricate heat-sink plays an essential part in providing a cool and quiet gaming experience.

Airflow Control

This RX480 utilizes advanced aerodynamics, Airflow Control Technology directs more air directly onto the TWIN FROZR VI heat pipes. The special deflectors on the heat sink enlarge the surface area, creating lower temperatures and better gaming.

Smooth Heat Pipes

Embedded within the GAMING X RX480 GPU are copper heat-pipes running through the cards fins. These pipes have been made with a smooth square shape to maximize heat transfer from the surface of the copper base plate.

Solid Base-Plate

To temper the heat generated by a powerful GPU, MSI's GAMING X series graphics cards use a solid nickel-plated copper base plate. The base plate catches the heat from the GPU and transfers it to the heat pipes for dissipation - further increasing the cooling.

*Image for display example only.


Dispersion Fan Blade Steeper curved blade, accelerates airflow, increasing effectiveness

Traditional Fan Blade Steeper curved blade, accelerates airflow, increasing effectiveness

Dual TORX Fan GPU Power

TORX fan technology built into the GAMING X RX 480 works in teamwork with TWIN FROZR VI to achieve new levels of cooling. The fans design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance when gaming. The fans also feature double ball-bearings for a strong and lasting core for years of smooth gaming - also helps with noise elimination.


Fans Spinning
During intense gaming or benchmarking

Fans Stop
Completely silent during idle, multimedia or light gaming

Clever Cooling with MSI RX 480

MSI released this technology in 2008 and it has since become an industry standard among graphics cards, including this Radeon RX 480. FROZR will eliminate fan noise by stopping the fans in low-load situations, meaning you can stay focused on your gaming, streaming or other media without the noise of spinning fans.


The best environment for minimal fan noise

Balance between in-game performance and silence

Max performance from higher clock speeds and fan performance

Control your GAMING-X 480

This app from MSI allows you to access single click performance profiles that can unlock extra potential for gaming, or keep your RX 480 card silent during light sessions. It also features the EyeRest tab, giving you easy access to image quality improving technology. The LED control tab gives you full control over your MSI 480 GAMING-X LED's to set the mood.


Control your RX480 GAMING-X

This technology belongs to MSI but is recognized throughout the world of graphics cards overclocking. It displays hardware performance and grants you complete control over your Radeon RX480 GPU. Plus it grants the ability to customize fan profiles, record videos / games and is great for benchmarking.


2 x DisplayPort 1.4 | 1 x DVI-D D | 2 x HDMI 2.0b

Chipset Radeon RX 480
Edition Gaming X 8G
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
Microarchitecture Polaris - Ellesmere XT
Streams 2304
Core Clock 1266 MHz
Boost Clock 1303/1316 MHz
Memory Size 8GB
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Clock 2000 MHz
Memory Speed (Effective with DDR) 8100 MHz
Memory Data Rate  
Memory Bus 256 Bit
Memory Bandwidth 256 GB/s
Cooling Solution Dual Fan (2)
Cooler Design  
Fitted/Included Backplate Yes
Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
  • 2 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1 x DVI-D DL
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0b
Maximum Digital Resolution 3840x2160 (Ultra HD)
Maximum Analog (VGA) Resolution  
Max. Concurrent Displays 4 Displays
AMD CrossFire Support 2-Way CrossFire
AMD Freesync Support Yes
AMD FreeSync Version  
Microsoft DirectX Support 12 API
HDR Support No
Width Dual Slot
Low Profile Support  
Graphics Card TDP/Power 150 W
Graphics Card Power Connectors 1 x 8-pin PCIe
Minimum Recommended PSU 500 W
Maximum GPU Temperature  
Dimensions 276 x 140 x 42 mm
Package Type Retail

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8GB MSI Radeon Gaming X RX 480, 14nm, PCIe 3.0, 8100MHz GDDR5, 1266MHz GPU, 1316MHz Boost, 2304 Streams, 3x DP1.4/HDMI is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service 1st one arrived damage and with in 24 hour a replacement was sent and worked fine great GPU for the price.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great graphics card Great card, has handled every game I have tried so far. Free game AMD offer makes it good value.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Graphics card Very good graphics card for this money (260GBP). Playing without problem in any game.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great price and service Great price and service topped off with free game from AMD and cashback from MSI. Thanks all.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Picked this card up during the black Friday sale. Superb card for 1080p gaming, no issues with it.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and quiet card Got this with the MSI 20% cashback, so at £192 it was a steal. The card runs very quiet, even at full load in a stress test, and can max everything at 1080. The GPU I received seems to be golden, I can overclock to a stable 1440MHz - but YMMV!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade from a HD7850 I have been watching these with interest for a few months, went with the MSI RX480 Gaming X 8GB because of the offer price (20% cash back and Civ6) I could not be happier, 1080p with all the bells and whistles in Battlefield 1 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. No issues so far, and very quiet with the MSI cooling system. I have not played with Watman yet to try an overclock, but see no reason as everything runs fine. As an upgrade from a HD7850 I can heartily recommend, the whole gaming experience is improved. Just need more money now to get a Freesync monitor.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Card I bought this card in the Black Friday sale and have applied for the cashback from MSI, but after using the card I would happily have paid the non-sale price and forgone cashback. The performance is an enormous step up from my 6850, allowing me to render all but the newest games in 4K and downscale to 1080p without need of antialiasing. Getting a free game with the card is just the icing on the cake, even if it is the rather mediocre Civilization VI. In summary, this is an amazing card at a great price. This particular MSI variant is of superb quality, far better than the Sapphire card I tried before sending it back (through another retailer).
Date published: 2016-12-23
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MSI Radeon RX480 Gaming X AMD Polaris 8GB Graphics Card
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