XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Black Edition Video Card Review

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Battlefield 4

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.