Possible Ethereum Hashrate for the New AMD Radeon RX 480

22 Jun


We have received a tip from a reader claiming he was able to run an Ethereum hashrate test on the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 480 GPUs providing us with a photo proof that we are publishing here. Do note that for the moment we cannot confirm this result for sure, but it does seems legit enough for us to consider it as a highly possible. Unfortunately the hashrate that is apparently achieved at stock frequencies is a bit disappointing at just around 24 MHS for Ethereum Dagger-Hashimoto mining with about 100W, we are also told that with a memory overclock 26-28 MHS are possible with about 120W of power usage. If these results turn out to be true the Radeon RX 480 would not be that great for mining Ethereum as we suspected recently. On the other hand the RX 470 could end up being a much more interesting choice for low power Ethereum mining if it manages to achieve the same hashrate, but at a better price when it hits the markets sometime next month. Guess we’ll have to wait a bit more to see confirmations if this is the actual hashrate for RX 480 mining Ethereum, but with the 256-bit memory bus these results unfortunately are on track with the pessimistic expectations we already had instead of the optimistic version…

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8 Responses to Possible Ethereum Hashrate for the New AMD Radeon RX 480


June 22nd, 2016 at 13:35

Why is this not great? What did you expect for … what is it going to cost? $199? $250? Much better investment than 1070.


June 22nd, 2016 at 13:39

Initially there probably will not be $199 USD 4GB cards, but higher priced 8GB versions that are not going to bring any advantage for mining. Sure, it is better than the GTX 1070 price wise, though performance wise the two cards do seems to be very close for Ethereum mining (even though you need Linux for the 1070 for now, but there are hints that the overclocked performance for the 1070 could be better). However if you still have 290(X) or 390(X) there will be not much point in upgrading them, the RX 480 could be a good upgrade for older 79X0 or 280(X) cards, but only at the right price. We were hoping for better hashrates and better overclock potential like on the new Pascals, but it seems that the Polaris might not be up to it. In the end it is as they say: hope for the best, prepare for the worst.


June 22nd, 2016 at 15:23

Screenshot seems to be rather Vague… (it’s in the article as well..)

If it’s true though, i’m sure a modified rom will help a lot ;)


June 22nd, 2016 at 15:26

Agree. My stock R9 Nano give me around 26 MHS for Ethereum Dagger-Hashimoto mining (not sure about electricity – 175W ?) right now. In the previous version of Nicehash miner – around 32 MHS for ethereum. So, hashrate for RX 480 as above not looks bad, but it is not 2.8 better performance per wat as announced. Maybe, it needs some kind of optimizations? Shopping price will determine profitability.


June 22nd, 2016 at 15:52

My nano’s do 23.5Mh at 80W..
Ok, price is a lot higher, but indeed.. performance per wat x 2, nah.. :p


June 23rd, 2016 at 07:00

I can’t find a source at the moment but I recall reading that the alleged 2.8x better performance per watt was supposed to be the absolute maximum when compared against GCN 1.0 cards. Not a compared to a GCN 1.3 Fury Nano.


June 24th, 2016 at 05:19

Too early to tell as the mining software has not been tweaked at all with Polaris in mind yet. So we’ll see what it actually does once it’s been optimized.


June 25th, 2016 at 12:15

Well thats well in line with what my R9 290 gives me with the newer 16.X drivers on Win 7. Using the older 15.12 drives gives me +5 MHS. With a litte driver and programm tweaking the new polaris chips results shall be pretty good.

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