XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Arrives For $219Now 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. 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. 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|
|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|
|Number of Fans||1x||2x||2x||2x|
|Hard Swap Fan||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Power||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin||1x 6-pin|
Test SystemBefore 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:
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.1 for Radeon RX 470 and Crimson 16.7.3 For All Others
- NVIDIA GeForce 368.81 for GTX 1080/1070/1060/960 and GeForce 362.00 For All Others
Intel X79/LGA2011 PlatformThe 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. Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel X79 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4960X|
ASUS P9X79-E WS
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
|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|
Battlefield 4Battlefield 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. 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. 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! 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. 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 4Fallout 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. 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. 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. 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 VGrand 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. 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. 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! 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 DivisionTom 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 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. 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. 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. 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 Strike3Dmark 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.
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:
Benchmark Results: In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme the XFX Radeon RX 470 Black Edition scored 4,769 points.
Ashes of the Singularity - DX12Ashes 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. We ran the integrated Ashes of the Singularity benchmark utility in DX12 mode with the 'High' Image Quality Profile and disabled VSync. 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 - DX123DMark 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. 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. We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results: 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. With Async Compute disabled you can how AMD graphics cards benefit from this new DX12 feature.
Temperature & Noise TestingThe 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: 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. 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.
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.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. **