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MSI Launches Four AMD RX 470 'Gaming' Graphics Cards

MSI usually makes its own custom variants of graphics cards when they come out, and such is the case with the new Radeon RX 470. For this round, however, MSI isn’t building just one or two cards, but rather four variants. These include the Gaming and Gaming X versions, which each arrive in both 4 GB and 8 GB flavors.

The “X” in the name of two of the cards denotes that they have higher clock speeds, and these models boost up to 1254 MHz. The non-X variants run up to 1230 MHz, whereas the reference specification is 1206 MHz, so both still have a small overclock. MSI Clocked the memory on the Gaming X cards at an effective data rate of 6700 Gbps, whereas the non-X variants carry reference 6600 Gbps GDDR5 memory.

The new cards pack the TwinFrozr VI coolers, which have dense aluminum fin stacks with heatpipes up to 8 mm thick and a pair of Torx 2.0 fans that don’t spin when the GPU is operating below 60 °C. Additionally, all of the models come with RGB lighting.

MSI did not specify pricing for its RX 470 Gaming cards, but it did note that they‘d be on shelves before the end of the month.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • lejacob
    haha, pointless
  • quicksand10
    Why is the word "Gaming" in quotation marks in the title of the article?
  • xenol
    I think that's the branding. They have these "Gaming X" and "Gaming Y" cards.
  • indusone
    That is meant to be sarcastic i believe. Since graphics cards are meant for gaming usually ( at least the consumer level ones ) , so they dont prefer MSI or anyone using 'Gaming' in their name. Everyone seems to be doing it now. ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte. Except EVGA maybe among the big names.
  • 3ogdy
    Yeah. Gaming is mostly because these GPUs are already meant for gaming but MSI decided to make them part of a so-called "Gaming" series. Think of the term "Gaming" like "Quadro" is for nVidia - a brand.
    It could also be interpreted such as "check these wanna-be "gaming" cards out", for sure. It's not like they're more than strategic products for poorer countries. Other than that they make no sense priced so close to the RX-480s.
  • turkey3_scratch
    I want an ITX card.
  • rush21hit
    2 slot design again?
    Come on, MSI. The PCB itself begs compact cooling solution by default. Is it so hard to achieve? Some AIB's design for 480 manages this. Why not everyone do the same? How could you not understand the bliss of having something so small yet capable?
  • passarodoartico
    I just need one
  • passarodoartico
    I just need one!