XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Video Card Review

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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 3840×2160 and recorded the average idle reading and the peak gaming reading on the power meter.

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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. 

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  • Brad Wilson

    I would expect the upcoming custom RX 480 cards to start around $229 for 4GB and $279 for 8GB, based on the RX 470 prices. That also puts the 8GB card in line with custom GTX 1060 prices. Like your article said, AMD seems to have priced the reference RX 480 too low.

    As such, to suggest buying a card that we’re not likely to ever see available again (reference RX 480 for $199) seems off in some way, at least to me. I guess it just depends on the actual prices for those custom RX 480 cards.

    • Coach

      I do not disagree, but this is a hit against AMD. Nvidia’s 1060 is comparable to the RX 480 8gb and essentially is cheaper now. Places like Newegg have been out of stock and when I get my auto-notify email that they’re back, they’re already sold out again. The “other sellers” have marked them up into the $335 dollar range which is ridiculous! Those are the laws of supply and demand though. Due to lack of product availability, prices are up and sales will go down, especially when team green can compete in performance AND price. I’m disappointed.

      • Brad Wilson

        Agreed. I’ve been checking for 6 weeks, trying to get the right card to replace my GTX 750ti for casual gaming at 1080p 60Hz. All the while fighting the urge to spend $430+ for a GTX 1070, because it’s in stock and has great performance. So on Friday I bought the card in this article, because it was in stock, and at least had core clock and memory speeds close to the RX 480 with better cooling, for $20 more. I just couldn’t wait anymore, and they’re profiting from it.