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Did XFX Really Build Seven RX 470 RS Graphics Cards?

Like most other graphics card manufacturers, XFX redesigned its feature set for the new AMD RX series cards, and it applied this new kit to its RX 470 lineup, too. For this launch, the company built the Radeon RX 470 RS, which is a card that will actually come in a grand total of seven flavors.

It must be noted that these seven cards are largely identical, with the only differences being their clock speeds. Even more intriguing, some appear to have identical clock speeds, but they're still different SKUs, nonetheless. XFX opted not to build an 8 GB variant.

As far as these clocks go, however, we have to hand it to XFX for laying down the highest ones we’ve seen on an RX 470 spec sheet: 1,280 MHz. Of course, whether the cards will actually reach these clocks in practice is another question (our review showed that the Strix RX 470 from Asus had trouble due to 150 W power constraints). The other clock speeds that XFX’s cards carry are 1,256 MHz and 1,226 MHz, both still a little north of the reference 1,206 MHz specification.

The RS design means that XFX’s RX 470s come with a new cooler and backplate. The new cooler includes two detachable fans that make for easy cleaning and repairs, but XFX added another twist: It also offers higher-performance fans or fans with LED lighting as upgrade options. XFX made no mention of RGB lighting, though--a feature we've seen on every other RX 470 so far.

There's no word on pricing or availability just yet, but as with all of these custom RX 470 cards, you can expect them to hit shelves over the coming weeks with prices just a tad higher than AMD’s $179 recommendation.

  • alextheblue
    Initial pricing will be a tad high regardless until supply catches up. But once things settle, at $179 this will be a good value for those on a tight budget and an interesting card to tinker with on the cheap - depending on the model. Some of the aftermarket models have poor cooling and power considerations, clearly aimed at maximizing profits. But some others seem to be overclocking to 1.4+.
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  • Did Tom's remove my comment? I asked simply who will buy a 470, when the 480 is $20 more, at the same ram level (4GB). And seven variants? It's incredible. I'm an AMD fanboi, I just bought the 480, which I get is less powerful than the cheapest nVidia card. I don't understand the 470, it's too close to the 480. I don't get the 460, I bet Iris pro gets better framerates.
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  • cmi86
    Yeah, I had a comment in this thread that is no longer here as well...

    #1 Who in their right mind would buy a $200 aftermarket 470 4GB when you can spend $220 on the same exact 480 4GB model ?

    #2 Why did it take AIB partners a month to announce 1, maybe 2 (most likely 1) aftermarket 480's when they were waiting in the wings to drop 2 to 7 RX 470 variants ?

    My guess is that there are serious yield issues with full polaris 10 and AIB partners know this. This would explain the lack of investment and availability of 480 parts compared to the partially handicapped 470.
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  • turkey3_scratch
    18402358 said:
    Yeah, I had a comment in this thread that is no longer here as well...

    #1 Who in their right mind would buy a $200 aftermarket 470 4GB when you can spend $220 on the same exact 480 4GB model ?

    #2 Why did it take AIB partners a month to announce 1, maybe 2 (most likely 1) aftermarket 480's when they were waiting in the wings to drop 2 to 7 RX 470 variants ?

    My guess is that there are serious yield issues with full polaris 10 and AIB partners know this. This would explain the lack of investment and availability of 480 parts compared to the partially handicapped 470.

    I also wondered about #2.

    I'd like to see mnore ITX cards honestly, that's what I'm in the market for.
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  • bit_user
    I hope they're better-built than my old XFX-branded HD 7870. The fans on that thing were so loud that vibrations literally traveled down the table to the floor, and I could hear it downstairs.

    By comparison, and at nearly 100 W higher-TDP, I can't even hear my EVGA 980 Ti FTW from just outside the room, with the door open.
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