XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Arrives For $219

Now that the AMD Radeon RX 480 video card has been successfully rolled out for $199 for the 4GB model and $249 for the 8GB model, AMD's able to shift focus on bringing their 14nm FinFET GPU technology down to lower price points. The next card AMD will be releasing launched earlier today and that would be the Radeon RX 470 4GB graphics card at $179. This card is aimed at 1080P gamers that are looking for 60+ FPS performance on AAA game titles with Anti-Aliasing enabled. AMD Radeon RX 470 Specs To bring this card to market the engineers over at AMD took the Polaris 10 GPU used on the Radeon RX 480 and internally disabled a few things. Compared to the AMD Radeon RX 480 the Radeon RX 470 has 256 fewer stream processors and 16 fewer texture units. The 2048 stream processors that the RX 470 does have have a boost clock minimum speed 1,206 MHz (926MHz base) and the 4GB GDDR5 memory runs on a 256-bit bus at speeds of at least 6.6Gbps (6,600MHz). The AMD Radeon RX 470 has a 120W TDP, which is 30W lower than that of the RX 480, so we shouldn't have to be worried about too much power draw from the PCIe slot or the 6-pin PCIe power connector. Notice that these are minimums and that is because there is no actual reference design. AMD is letting all their board partners release custom boards for the RX 470 launch and is just giving guidance on minimum clock speeds and suggested retail pricing. Most all of the AMD Radeon RX 470 cards will be of the 4GB variety although we have been told that some board partners may release 8GB versions to help differentiate themselves from others. We did 4GB versus 8GB benchmarking on the AMD Radeon RX 480 and saw basically no performance gains at 1080P and 1440P gaming resolutions, so a RX 470 8GB card for 1080P gaming seems like a bit of a waste. XFX RX 470 Video Cards Today we'll be looking at an XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB graphics card, but we should tell you that there are seven different RX 470 models available from XFX. The good news is that some of the models are region specific and when you boil it all down there are three main models offered and they are all factory overclocked. You have the XFX Radeon RX 470 Triple X Edition (1226MHz boost) that is available in single and dual fan configurations, a Black Edition (1256MHz) and the Black Limited Edition (1280MHz) that have dual fan cooling solutions. All of the cards are equipped with XFX Ghost 4.0 Thermal Technology with 3 direct touch copper heatpipes to help keep the Polaris GPU as cool as possible.
Radeon RX 470 Radeon RX 470 Radeon RX 470 Radeon RX 470
Model Single Fan Edition Triple X Edition Black Edition Black Limited Edition
Part Number RX-470P4SFD5 RX-470P4LFB6 RX-470P4LDB6 RX-470P4LBB6
GPU boost clock 1226 MHz 1226 MHz 1256 MHz 1280 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5
Memory clock 6600 MHz 7000 MHz 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Memory interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Number of Fans 1x 2x 2x 2x
Length 8.66" 9.45" 9.45" 9.45"
Hard Swap Fan No Yes Yes Yes
Power 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin 1x 6-pin
Warranty 3-years 3-years 3-years 3-years
Price $199.99 $209.99  $219.99  $229.99
The bad news is that all of the XFX branded cards are priced well above the AMD Radeon RX 470 SRP of $179.  We found the lowest priced XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB card is priced at $199.99 and then it goes up to $219.99 and then to $229.99. The AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB starts at $199 and has more stream processors and texture units, so AMD has a pricing mess here. Multiple sources inside the graphics card industry have told us that the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB availability is going to be really tight and that AMD priced the card too low to begin with. It also appears that the AMD Radeon RX 470 is priced too low as we've only seen one priced at $179.99 plus $4.99 shipping. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition The model that we'll be looking at today is the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition that is priced at $219.99. The card comes in a nice looking retail box, but we have been told that the packaging we got might not be the final packaging as we got the card ahead of the retail launch by a handful of days. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Video Card Th XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card measures in at 9.45" x 4.76" x 1.57" (L x W x H), so at just under 9.5-inches in length it should fit in the majority of desktop PCs. It features XFX's Ghost 4.0 Thermal Technology and that means it has three direct touch composite heat pipes for improved heat dissipation and new UniBody VRM construction for direct heat transfer of the power components straight to the primary heatsink for better cooling. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Power Connector XFX recommends a 500W or greater power supply with a 6-pin PCIe power connector for your gaming system with this 120W TDP video card model. Note that the 6-pin PCIe power connector on this board is rear facing. To the left of the power connector is a BIOS selector switch that can be used if one BIOS ever should fail. Both BIOS versions are the same, so it's just there for redundancy. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Backplate The XFX Radeon RX 470 comes with a full coverage black metal back plate to help protect the components on the back of the card and to add rigidity to the card to keep it from looking saggy on the far side of the PCIe x16 slot interface. There is no thermal pad behind the VRM components, but there are a number of holes in the backplate that should allow for some hot air to escape for improved ventilation. Notice that the cards main PCB is only 8.25", but the fan shroud extends past the board and it has a daughter PCB for the fan headers. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Display Connectors XFX went with three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, one HDMI 2.0b and a Dual-Link DVI-D connector when it comes to video outputs. The HDMI 2.0 port does support 4K (up to 4096x2160) @ 60Hz! Sapphire does not include any DVI to VGA adapters or SLI bridges in the accessory bundle with this card, so just a friendly heads up there. We aren't going to bother showing you the box or retail bundle as you just get a quick start guide and a driver disc (who really loads drivers from a CD-ROM these days anyway?). Notice that the card is higher than most as the fan shroud extends above the bracket on this dual-slot card. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Ghost 4.0 GPU Cooler Here is a closer look at the heatsink Sapphire is using on the RX 470 and just a better look at the top of the card that you'll see from your case window. The XFX is not LED backlit, so if you want LED lighting or full RGB lighting this is not the card for you. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Hard Swap Fan One of the nice new features on this video card is that XFX is now using a hard swap interchangeable fan system. The XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB comes with solid black fans, but you can purchase optional fans that have different color fans or some that have LEG lighting. This will allow you to customize your system and also quickly buy new fans if one should fail when the card is out of warranty. We removed the fans and found that XFX is using FirstD Brushless FDC10H12S9-C model fans that are made in China are the factory fans. XFX hopes to have the fans out in early September and is working on product packaging for the fans now. We are hopeful that they will be $20 or less as that is a price point we see people happy with for some nice LED fans. Now that we have the basics out of the way we can take a look at the test system and get to the benchmarks!

Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. Video Cards & Drivers used for testing: rx470-test-system

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Test System Settings Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
The Intel X79 Test Platform



Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K
XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB Black Edition Video Card GPU-Z Info: xfx-radeon-rx470-gpuz Let's move on to the Battlefield 4 benchmark results!

Battlefield 4

bf4-screenshot Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011's Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4's single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China's current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States. bf4-settings This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark with these settings on the Shanghai level. All tests were done with the DirectX 11 API. bf4-1080p-rx470 Benchmark Results: At the popular 1080p gaming resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB video card was able to average 76 FPS, which is about 5 FPS slower than the Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 480 4GB. This puts the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB about 6.4% slower. The bad news is the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB is $219.99 and the Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 480 4GB is $229.99. There is only a $10 price difference, so for 4.5% more money you can get a 6.5% performance increase. Ugh!  bf4-1440p-rx470 Benchmark Results: When scaling the resolution up to 2k (2160×1440), the XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB came in at 49.3 FPS versus 52.9 FPS on the Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 480 4GB. Not a huge difference by any means.  bf4-4k-rx470 Benchmark Results: This is not a 4K gaming graphics card, but since we take out power measurement using BF4 at 4K we might as well run FRAPS and show you what it got. Here we see the XFX Radeon RX 470 scored 24.8 FPS. Clearly not a 4K gaming card and thankfully it was never said to be. 

Fallout 4

Fallout4 Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3.  The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015. fallout4 settings Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can't be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth. fallout4-1080p-rx470 Benchmark Results: In Fallout 4, at 1080p resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition averaged 77 FPS and that was about was about 7 FPS on average slower than the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB and the Sapphire Nitro Radeon RX 480 4GB.  fallout4-1440p-rx470 Benchmark Results: With the display resolution bumped up to 2160×1440, the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB was found to average 51.1 FPS on this game title with Ultra image quality settings. If you bump the image quality settings down one notch you can play Fallout 4 and average more than 60 FPS.   

Grand Theft Auto V

GTAV Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. GTA5-settings GTA5-settings2 In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn't want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies. gtav-1080p-rx470 1080P Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card was able to average 75 FPS on GTAV, so 1080P gaming is a go!  gtav-1440p-rx470 1440P Benchmark Results: Scaling up the resolution to 1440P, the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB dropped down to 49.8 FPS versus 55.0 FPS on the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB reference card.   

Tom Clancy's The Division

TheDivision Tom Clancy's The Division is an online-only open world third-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows,PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was announced during Ubisoft's E3 2013 press conference, and was released worldwide on March 8th, 2016. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpoxpandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply "The Division", is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division's operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer. The Division settings The Division uses Ubisoft's new proprietary engine known as Snowdrop, which is made for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Snowdrop was created in-house, at Massive, in response to a specific requirement: to do things better, not bigger. The engine focuses on dynamic global illumination, stunning procedural destruction and a great amount of detail and visual effects. The developers wanted a powerful engine that works intelligently and not by brute force only. The Division settings We ran The Division with the image quality settings set at Ultra and VSYNC was disabled. We tried to FRAPS to benchmark with these settings, but found it was pretty much impossible due to the night and day cycle always changing when you enter the game and the spot where you load in the open world is slightly different. Unable to get consistent results we resorted to used the games built-in benchmark. thedivision-1080p 1080P Benchmark Results: The Division is pretty tough on graphics card and the AMD Radeon RX 470 could only average 52 FPS versus nearly 59 FPS on the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB reference card.  the-division-1440p 1440P Benchmark Results:  As we scale up to 1440P resolution, the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition averaged just 37.8 FPS. You'll need to lower the image quality settings to get a good gaming experience at 1440P on this card. 

3DMark Fire Strike

3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results - For high performance gaming PCs Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike Benchmark Results:


Benchmark Results: The XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card scored 9,713 points on 3DMark Fire Strike. The AMD Radeon RX 480 came in at 10,662 points. 

Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark Results: firestrike-extreme-rx470

Benchmark Results: In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition scored 4,769 points.

Ashes of the Singularity - DX12

Ashes of the Singularity Battle Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the future where descendants of humans (called Post- Humans) and a powerful artificial intelligence (called the Substrate) fight a war for control of a resource known as Turinium. Players will engage in massive-scale land/air battles by commanding entire armies of their own design. Each game takes place on one area of a planet, with each player starting with a home base (known as a Nexus) and a single construction unit. ashes options menu We ran the integrated Ashes of the Singularity benchmark utility in DX12 mode with the 'High' Image Quality Profile and disabled VSync. ashes 1080P Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB averaged about 56 FPS and the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB averaged ~53 FPS in Ashes of the Singularity using the DX12 API. Not bad as you can see the AMD Radeon RX 470 tied the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 card we used in testing. 

3DMark Time Spy - DX12

3DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. 3DMark Time Spy With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn't really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing. 3DMark Time Spy Settings We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: 3dmark-timespy-rx470 In this DX12 benchmark we see the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition came in with a score of 3,699 points and that is just behind the Zotac GeForce GTX 970. 3dmark-timespy-async-rx470 With Async Compute disabled you can how AMD graphics cards benefit from this new DX12 feature.

Temperature & Noise Testing

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Idle and Load Temps: rx470-temps When it comes to temperatures the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card ran at 46C at idle on our our open air test bench as the semi-passive cooling fans weren't spinning. The good news is that with no spinning fans it means the card makes no noise at idle. At full load while gaming we topped out at 76C, which is pretty decent and no where near hot enough to be of concern. GPU-Z v1.9.0 showed the Radeon RX 470 gaming used 0.800V at idle and 1.175V while at full load. rx470-temp-chart Here is a chart that shows the temperatures of the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition versus some other desktop gaming graphics cards and you can see the Radeon RX 470 is basically in the middle of the pack.  

Sound Testing

We test noise levels with an Extech sound level meter that has ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with 'A' frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

noise-rx470 The XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition is silent at idle, so it ties all the other 0dB video card models as the loudest thing in the room is our water cooler on the test system as that is the only fan we have running non-stop. The XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB topped out at 42dB, which is pretty good! ** The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X reference card that we are using was the original model with a loud water pump that whines. AMD changed the pump design before the cards hit the retail market, but wasn't willing to replace ours. We expect retail cards to perform quieter for this and hopefully AMD will send us a replacement card for proper noise testing. **

Power Consumption

XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Graphics Card For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 4 at 3840x2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter. power-consumption-rx470 Power Consumption Results: With the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition video card installed in the system we topped out at 305 Watts when running BF4 at 4K resolutions and used 105 W at idle. Not bad performance numbers for AMD. 

XFX Radeon RX 470 Graphics Card Overclocking

The XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card is already factory overclocked, but that didn't stop us from overclocking the card even further. amd-wattman-rx470 To do overclocking on the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card we used AMD WattMan that comes with the Crimson drivers. We managed to get a 4.5% overclock on the GPU and we maxed out the memory slider at 1800MHz. Going from 1750MHz to 1800MHz on the memory isn't that big of an increase, but it is better than nothing. Most importantly we raised the power target to 50% and increased the temperature target from 65C to 73C. firestrike-rx470-overclock This overclock meant that we were running at up to 1315 MHz at times on the core clock when boosting and the 4GB of GDDR5 memory was running at 1800 MHz (7200 MHz effective). Not the highest overclock in the world, but you have to keep in mind the reference cards boost speed is 1206MHz and we are more than 100MHz beyond that. XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Stock: firestrike-extreme-rx470 XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Overclocked (+59MHz/+50MHz): firestrike-rx470-oc By overclocking the XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card we were able to take the score of 4,769 points on 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme and raise it up to 5,230. This is a 461 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 9.7 percent. The AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB reference card (1266MHz core and 2000MHz memory) scored 5,263 points, so with a little overclocking luck this card will perform close to a Radeon RX 480! The main reason for this performance gain isn't so much due to the higher clock speeds, but rather the higher power limit for the RX 470. By raising the power limit the card can maintain it's clock speed better and that is why there is such a dramatic performance increase seen. It should be noted that we saw about 30 Watts more power being consumed by the system with the video card overclocked and the temperatures did increase with the raised target temp. Let's wrap this review up!

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Video Card The AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB looks to be a great graphics card for 1080P gaming if you can find one for $179.99 you'll be able to save yourself a few bucks over the Radeon RX 480 4GB at $199.99. This card blows away the AMD Radeon R9 270 that we used on some of the game titles, so it just goes to show that if you haven't updated in a few years that you'll get a massive performance boost in your favorite game titles. The AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB is a card we'd recommend to 1080P gamers and gently recommend to 1440P gamers as the frames per second were starting to get low on many of the more graphics intense game titles. If you are an eSports player that plays CS:GO, DOTA 2 and titles like that you'll be able to get away with 1440P gaming as most of those game titles aren't that intensive. steamvr-rx470 Does VR performance matter to you? Our factory overclocked XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition graphics card ended up with an average quality score of 5.8 in the StreamVR Performance Test. This lands it in the VR capable category and not the much desired ready category. AMD did not give the Radeon RX 470 series their VR Premium logo/certification, but did note that it does offer excellent VR performance in some game titles. At the end of the day it really just boils down to what game you are playing, the device being used and of course the image quality settings. The XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition that we looked at today appeared to be a well built card. We like the removable fans, overall look and general quietness of the card. If you are looking for a Radeon RX 470 it is worth a closer look. The only downside to this model and basically all of XFX models is that pricing starts at $199 and goes up to $239. You can get a Radeon RX 480 4GB reference card for $199 and it has better performance and is VR ready. We like the card, but AMD has the pricing all screwed up and that is not XFX's fault. It looks like AMD was a bit too aggressive with the Radeon RX 480 4GB pricing, but they really wanted to market the VR Ready for $199 deal and that did get them a bunch of attention. We feel the AMD Radeon RX 470 would make more sense at the $159 price point, but that is not how AMD went about the launch. NVIDIA is likely going to have a GeForce GTX 1050 video card based on their new Pascal GPU really soon and it will be interesting to see what that does for pricing. With Radeon RX 470 4GB pricing in the $199 to $229 range it makes sense for serious gamers to get an entry level Radeon RX 480 4GB for $199 and get better performance.   Legit Bottom Line:  The XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition is a good choice for a 1080P gaming system, but at $219 it is $40 higher than AMD's RX 470 4GB SRP and $20 more than a Radeon RX 480 4GB reference card.