However, the Radeon RX 480’s price is still out of reach for some. AMD’s solution to that is the Radeon RX 470. It has two variants – 4GB and 8GB. For this article, we reviewed the 4GB variant and compared it to the GeForce GTX 970 which is the most popular GPU according to the August 2016 Steam Hardware Survey. Prior to the release of Radeon RX 400 series and GeForce GTX 1000 series, the GeForce GTX 970 is the recommended GPU for gaming at 1080p. It would be interesting to see how the Radeon RX 470 fairs against the former value king.
We would like to thank AMD for lending us an MSI Radeon RX 470 4GB Gaming X.
Frame rates and frame times of a 60-second game play were recorded using FRAPS v3.5.99. The test results are the average of 3 benchmark runs. Since this is a GPU review, we benchmarked the area of the games that put heavy load on the GPU.
The Witcher 3 is one of the great-looking games released in 2015 and is suited for benchmarking today’s GPU’s. Of the 3 games we tested, this one is the most forgiving because we were able to set a lot of settings to Ultra and still maintain a frame rate above 60 FPS. RX 470 is 3 % faster than GTX 970 in this game.
Despite being initially released as an exclusive game for XBox One, Rise of the Tomb Raider on the PC has impressive visuals and it still looks beautiful even if we’re not using maximum settings. RX 470 was just 6% slower than GTX 970 in this game.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is another great-looking game which was just released last August 24, 2016. We did a performance review which you can read here. RX 470 was again faster than GTX 970 but the gap has increased to 9 %.
In all of the games we tested, it was just as fast as the GeForce GTX 970 and delivered an impressive performance at 1080p. The cheapest Radeon RX 470 4GB can be had for around PhP 9,800 ($ 200) and it makes the GeForce GTX 970 irrelevant. If you are looking for a gaming graphics card that will let you play the latest games at 1080p with high image quality, you can never go wrong with the Radeon RX 470 4GB.
This article is for reference only and will be expanded in a future revision. For now, its clear that depending on the engine the RX 470 does have an edge over the GTX 970 in sheer performance but this doesn’t factor in efficiency just yet and that’s something that’s definitely one to look out for in our future analysis.