AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB Review

GTA V, Hitman, Metro & Project Cars

GTA V

The Radeon RX 480’s advantage over the 470 shrinks to 11% in GTA V; both cards can easily be considered playable.

GeForce GTX 1060 and 970 secure the top two positions, which make sense since they’re also pricier than the AMD competition. In fact, the 970 is so much more expensive that you should avoid it altogether, given what Polaris- and Pascal-based boards sell for.

Hitman

Polaris shines in Hitman; the Radeon RX 480 takes first place, 14% faster than RX 470. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 fares similarly. At $250, though, that’s quite a premium for comparable performance.

You can see how a card like the RX 470 would make a solid upgrade if you’re currently on a 2GB board, or even a first-gen GCN-based card like the R9 280X.

Notice how the 2GB GeForces run in DX11 mode? Both cards crashed at the same point in our benchmark with DirectX 12 active.

Metro: Last Light Redux

Surprise! Radeon RX 480 is 13% faster than RX 470 once more, while both cards trail competing GeForces. Although you’ll find Radeon R9 380s for less than $200, you can see they take quite a performance hit in a graphics-bound game like Metro. In this case, it’s worth paying more for a playable experience, particularly if anti-aliasing and maxed-out settings are important to you.

Project CARS

It looks like a more taxing anti-aliasing method helps close the gap between AMD’s and Nvidia’s graphics cards compared to past reviews. On this page of our GeForce GTX 1060 review, Nvidia’s latest enjoyed a 50% lead over Radeon RX 480. That gap is down to 19% as we increase the graphics workload.

Meanwhile, Radeon RX 480 is 12% quicker than RX 470, which does deliver playable performance through our benchmark replay.

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  • cknobman
    Uhhhhhhhh, were are all the charts?
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    An issue: The Ashes and Battlefield 4 graphs are not displaying.
  • n0ns3ns3
    Well ...
    Until I see at least 5 games on Vulcan and 10 on DX12 of different types, I'll not jump into conclusion about AMD vs Nvidia performance.
    So far the clear winners for AMD are the games sponsored by AMD - so couldn't care less about those results.
    Doom is interesting, but any card getting very decent FPS in it.
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Actually, almost all the graphs are missing.
  • Anonymous
    Another failure by AMD.
  • Ergosum
    Indeed. Charts would be nice :)
  • Sizzor
    Is it me or every one else where are the charts??
  • FormatC
    Cool down.... I've just re-published all galleries and the charts are visible now. The US guys are sleeping but I saw the issue (a follow of your new front-end) and fixed it.

    Please reload the pages again :)
  • Stardude82
    Where are the cards? Not seeing them at the big e-retailers.

    Edit: Just went live and they're gone.
  • Sizzor
    The MSRP was $149 and looking at the current market the price should be around $180, $200 is way to high for this card.
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    Anonymous said:
    Cool down.... I've just re-published all galleries and the charts are visible now. The US guys are sleeping but I saw the issue (a follow of your new front-end) and fixed it.

    Please reload the pages again :)
    Awwwwwwwwww. We were looking forward to starting a riot, FormatC! ;-)

    I've cleared my browser's cache and reloaded the page, but still can't see the missing graphs. I'll try again in 15 minutes or so.

    Thank you. :-)
  • Achoo22
    It would be convenient for the 1070 to be included in these comparisons. I feel that the card under review should never be at the top or bottom of the performance charts when there are faster and slower options readily available for reference and comparison. Plus, it does make you look biased.
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    @Achoo22: You do realise that the 1070 is in a completely and utterly different price bracket, right?
  • Yuka
    I missed the 290 and 290X in the review, but I guess we want to compare the RX470 against the RX480 primarily, right?

    And yeah, this card bordering $200 is just stupid. There is no way you will skip the RX480 4GB and pick this one at the same price point. Well, if you can find either, that is :S

    I'm hoping that when the prices stabilize, this card will be in the $130-150 bracket as it should be.

    Cheers!
  • cknobman
    Anonymous said:
    Cool down.... I've just re-published all galleries and the charts are visible now. The US guys are sleeping but I saw the issue (a follow of your new front-end) and fixed it.

    Please reload the pages again :)


    Sorry but I have tried in 2 different browsers.

    No charts, you fixed jack squat please try again. :)
  • AndrewJacksonZA
    I agree with you Yuka. I would expect this card to be in the USD130 - USD150 range with the 460 going USD80 - USD95.
  • n0ns3ns3
    I'd even agree that it is nice in 140-170 range.
  • 3ogdy
    $180 for this card? What are they smoking that's causing them to dream like that?
    Just like people around here have already said: this card should cost no more than $130-$150 - with the $150 being the heavily improved version, for duck's sake.
    Personally, for $200 I'd just save $100 more and get the GTX1060, given the performance delta.
  • Dukinie
    Pricing just doesn't make any sense... here in Denmark the prices are (Sapphire Nitro+ cards, which are the cheapest atm):

    470 4gb - $277
    470 8gb - $322
    480 4gb - $299
    480 8gb - $367

    Kinda makes the 470 pointless..
  • elbert
    For a $200 custom 470 I would expect an 8pin power PCI-E card. I do wonder tho why tomshardware isn't doing OC tests. This card should hit 1.4Ghz unless AMD has lowered the VDDC max 1.15v the 480 gets. Also couldn't find if the 470 sports the same samsung GDDR5 has the 480 which would leave open overclocking memory.